As part of its five-year plan to make more housing available, Stirling Council is using Aico’s HomeLink IoT-based environmental sensors to get more data on the state of its properties with a view to moving towards proactive maintenance.
The data collected from the HomeLink sensors, including indoor temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide, is helping combat problems such as damp and mould and poor indoor air quality. Stirling Council’s HomeLink sensors will also be used to identify which properties are likely to need repairs and to develop proactive maintenance schedules to solve problems before they arise.
The council involved its tenants from the earliest stages of the project after being advised by Aico about how prioritising tenants’ benefits leads to greater acceptance of the IoT sensors. The HomeLink tenants’ app is proving very important in keeping tenants informed by delivering data about their homes in an accessible and engaging way.
One of the council’s tenants said, “Development came from tenants’ feedback which really helped the project to evolve and progress. Stirling Council has made a significant investment in this technology and I feel like it’s putting my safety first, plus it’s encouraging to know that my opinion was valued. Furthermore, I think the HomeLink app is fantastic because it helps me easily understand what I need to do.”
Alexa Scrivener, transformation lead, Stirling Council, said, “The future of our work with HomeLink is very exciting. Stirling Council intends to ensure a brighter future for our tenants with the full rollout of this smart-home technology across our entire housing stock, supported by our development officers engaging with tenants during each installation.”