Bournemouth-based BCHA is partnering with local technology business Daizy to install IoT sensors to monitor building systems and environmental conditions across its 1,700 properties, with the aim of identifying issues that could adversely affect residents’ quality of life.
Martin Hancock, CEO, BCHA, said, “Many housing providers are discussing the potential benefits of the internet of things to monitor their properties, but few have the technical capability to do this easily.
“By working with Daizy, we saw an immediate opportunity to improve the living environment for our customers, while reducing our maintenance and repair costs. Furthermore, as this is such a new field, we’re already getting interest from other housing providers to learn more about the work we’re doing.”
Jonathan Gulliver, property surveyor, BCHA, said, “Having access to better data means that we can be much more effective with our building maintenance. For example, we’re installing heat and humidity sensors in areas likely to be at risk of damp and mould. By providing early warning of problems, we can proactively support our residents to ensure a healthy environment and avoid the need for costly repairs later.”
David Ffoulkes-Jones, CEO, Daizy, said, “As a Bournemouth-based start-up, we’re keen to support local organisations which deliver social benefit in our community.
“One of the challenges for a housing provider when installing large numbers of IoT sensors is keeping track of thousands of electronic devices and ensuring they continue to deliver useful information. Our platform allows BCHA to quickly and easily install devices and immediately gain insights from the data they provide.”