iOpt has won a tender worth up to £1 million with Renfrewshire Council to install real-time IoT devices in the council’s housing stock. The initiative has £150,000 support from the Scottish government’s ‘CanDo’ innovation fund.
The two-year project will begin when lockdown restrictions are eased, with IoT sensors being fitted in selected empty properties being prepared for new tenants. iOpt’s IoT technology measures temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels in properties, providing early alerts on issues such as problems with ventilation and damp.
Dane Ralston, managing director, iOpt, said, “We believe our contract with Renfrewshire Council has made IoT history and shows that Scotland is a world leader in the field.
“The technology we have developed is cost-effective, will deliver savings for local authorities at a time of financial uncertainty and help some of the most vulnerable tenants maintain a warm, healthy environment in their own homes. To date, our studies have shown savings of approximately £190 per year per property.”
Ivan McKee, minister for trade, investment and innovation, Scottish Government, said, “It is hugely encouraging to see Scotland continue its proud tradition of world-leading innovation. iOpt’s pioneering IoT technology, being delivered in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, is a fantastic example of how innovation and collaboration can help people live healthy lives at home, supported by remote monitoring.”
The Renfrewshire deal was hotly contested, with iOpt beating competitors from Sweden, Holland and Ireland.