As we put the finishing touches to Housing Technology’s ‘IoT Deployment in Housing 2022’ report, produced in association with Aico and due to be published in April, we thought it would be interesting to provide a snapshot of just some of the primary research captured in the report:
• Timescale & readiness – A third of the respondents have already completed a pilot IoT project, and 25 per cent expect to have done so within 12 months.
• Future importance – IoT devices and data are important to around 75 per cent of housing providers; only six per cent think that IoT is irrelevant to them.
• Reasons for deployment – Tenant and building safety are the main reasons for IoT projects, with tenant engagement and net-zero/decarbonisation are the least important reasons cited.
• Barriers – Cost and competing business/IT priorities are the most common barriers to IoT projects, closely followed by a lack of data management resources.
• Current IoT devices – Smoke alarms, carbon-monoxide detectors and smart meters are the most common IoT devices deployed at present, while boiler sensors are the least common so far.
• Future IoT devices – In contrast, boiler sensors are expected to see the largest growth in numbers, alongside environmental sensors.
• Supplier choice – Suppliers’ support and maintenance of IoT devices is the most importance factor in housing providers’ choice of IoT supplier.
• Data aggregation – Housing providers are using (or are expecting to use) device manufacturers’ own portals for data collection, analysis and reporting.
• Integration – Despite the above two findings, the majority of housing providers are planning to use their own in-house resources to deploy, maintain and support their IoT devices in tenants’ homes.
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