RHP is using the implementation of cloud-based CCTV from Cloudview at one of its south London estates to offer its tenants high-speed broadband using the newly-installed fibre network from Grain Connect.
When RHP wanted to extend its use of Cloudview CCTV to an estate in Hounslow, it initially found that the cost of installing broadband connectivity would be too expensive. However, in December 2017 Grain Connect stepped in and agreed to provide full fibre broadband across the site for CCTV and other communal systems as well as high-speed, uncontended broadband services to every tenant who wants them.
Tom Way, innovation project manager, RHP, said, “It’s a ‘win-win’ situation for all parties. Our tenants get gigabit broadband and increased security, while we have immediate access to CCTV footage for a fraction of the cost of paying for a traditional broadband service.
“We’ve explained how the CCTV system works to our tenants, so they know that if they report a problem we’ll be able to find the footage quickly and, if necessary, pass the information direct to the relevant authorities for action. It also saves time for our housing staff because they don’t have to go on-site to view footage and then spend a lot of time investigating before they can hand information to the authorities. Cloudview is now part of the specification for all of our new-build properties.”
James Wickes, CEO, Cloudview, said, “This project shows that housing providers can benefit from the latest technology if they think laterally and build partnerships with like-minded organisations. RHP has found a way to combine increased security for its tenants with the added benefit of high-speed broadband.”