Aico has launched a new range of IoT-based HomeLink environmental sensors, marking the company’s first ‘smart home’ product beyond its well-established smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms since its acquisition of HomeLink in 2020.
Available in two models, the Ei1020 measures temperature and humidity while the Ei1025 measures temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide; both IoT-based sensors are designed to provide actionable insights into conditions such as mould, draughts, excess cold, heat loss and indoor air quality for both tenants and their housing providers.
Integrating with Aico’s SmartLink Gateway, the environmental sensors overcome many challenges, from compliance and carbon footprint to mould risk and fuel poverty. The SmartLink Gateway extracts data from the environmental sensors into a central data repository. Advanced machine-learning technology interprets the data to provide insights via the HomeLink reporting dashboard.
The dashboard provides detailed property and portfolio views and is designed for multiple user roles. With data from the environmental sensors and connected fire and carbon-monoxide alarm systems segmented by high, medium and low risk, top-level data can be viewed on the main dashboard, while deeper insights can be accessed to tackle problems, maintain compliance and enable preventative strategies.
Chris Jones, chief executive officer, HomeLink said, “Before our acquisition by Aico, we had huge demand for environmental sensors because of the obvious and sizeable compliance and maintenance business case they presented. As Aico’s first smart home product beyond smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms, these sensors represent a large milestone.
“Having already connected 65,000 devices in UK social housing, and with several thousand back orders for the new sensors, it’s clear that IoT technologies have truly taken hold in our sector.”