NEC Housing is partnering with Switchee to make it easier for housing providers to identify properties requiring attention and take proactive action, with a particular focus on damp and mould problems.
The collaboration will combine NEC’s information management system with real-time data gathered from Switchee’s IoT-based smart devices. The combined data can then be reviewed alongside NEC’s wider dataset covering properties and residents, enabling potential problems to be spotted, analysed and acted on rapidly.
Trevor Hampton, director of housing solutions, NEC Software Solutions UK, said, “The potential of our partnership with Switchee is momentous. Being able to feed data directly into the housing management system enables housing providers to make earlier interventions, potentially transforming the lives of their tenants.”
Switchee’s devices can detect changes in air pressure, humidity and temperature via finely-tuned algorithms that interpret data and alert housing providers to properties at risk from issues such as damp, mould and fuel poverty. Data from the devices is fed back to a dashboard for analysis by the housing provider and Switchee’s data teams.
Tom Robins, CEO, Switchee, said, “Giving housing providers the right data at the right time can improve residents’ lives, and our collaboration with NEC Housing means we can do that more effectively.
“For example, if a property’s heating is rarely or never turned on then you can quickly identify a resident who might be suffering from fuel poverty. Early interventions can then be made to access support and prevent longer-term debts and arrears.”