• Peterborough social housing embraces IoT

        • Full fibre infrastructure provider, CityFibre has partnered with Peterborough’s largest social housing landlord, Cross Keys Homes (CKH), to explore how a network of sensors deployed throughout its estate could monitor health, safety, and environmental factors as well as deliver cost savings and reduce the carbon footprint of both CKH and its residents.

          The trial at three residential locations across the city used a network of sensors transmitting real-time data back to a network of antennas, which in turn were connected to CityFibre’s full fibre network in the city. It was made possible by support from Comms365, a Network Services company specialising in Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks and applications. Comms365 has recently been awarded an industry award for its role in delivering the project.

          Claire Higgins, Chief Executive at Cross Keys Homes said, “at the beginning of the trial we could never have anticipated just how many uses and benefits the IoT technology would uncover. We have been able to identify new ways to ensure our homes are comfortable, safe and green by addressing condensation, security, fire risk and energy waste, which in turn has led to significant cost and efficiency savings.

          “The potential for this technology to transform operations for other housing providers and different public services is immense. We are thrilled to be trialing IoT in one of the first cities to benefit from a citywide full fibre roll out. As an innovative organisation we are ambitious to explore Peterborough’s smart city potential even further and showcase its status as one of the most digitally advanced communities in the UK.”

          The next generation sensor technology was deployed to evaluate its potential in a number of scenarios. Sensors were used to effectively monitor humidity and condensation to improve the comfort of tenants while reducing the need for damp treatment or repair. Environmental sensors were also used to address wasted heat in communal areas, contributing to reduced carbon emissions and lower energy bills. 

          Noise sensors also delivered further benefit by monitoring unauthorised activity in vacant properties, while parking sensors alerted staff to illegal parking in front of emergency exits. This real-time data enabled CKH employees to act promptly, ensuring improved tenant safety and security. Additional sensors also were also used to monitor levels in water tanks and detect fire risks such open fire doors, allowing for swift remedial action.

          Clayton Nash, CityFibre’s Group Head of Product added, “this has been a fantastic opportunity to evaluate the potential for our new full fibre networks to support the Internet of Things use-cases of the future. We don't know how our lives will be transformed by IoT, we do know that this future will be built on a backbone of full fibre infrastructure. It is this backbone that CityFibre is busy building and it is exciting to see the huge scope a platform like this provides for innovation with forwarding thinking partners like Comms365 and Cross Keys Homes.”

        • Stay up to date - Click here and register for FREE OEN online membership and enjoy unlimited access to a host of benefits including the exclusive members area of the website, downloadable business tools, current and back issues archive, priority breaking news alerts, weekly e news summary and the OEN app

        • Related Articles

        • Nutanix appoints new General Manager to oversee UK and Ireland

          Nutanix appoints new General Manager to oversee UK and Ireland

          Tuesday 17th Sep 2019 by clareb
          Nutanix, experts in enterprise cloud computing, has appointed Dom Poloniecki as General Manager for its Western Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa region.  With territories including the UK, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa, as well a...Read More...
          M-Files enhances Microsoft Teams solution

          M-Files enhances Microsoft Teams solution

          Monday 16th Sep 2019 by clareb
          M-Files Corporation has enhanced its Microsoft Teams solution that will drive new efficiencies and collaboration across organisations.  M-Files now provides AI-powered information management across different Office 365 appl...Read More...
          Ascertus appoints new Head of Training & Change Management

          Ascertus appoints new Head of Training & Change Management

          Wednesday 7th Aug 2019 by clareb
          Ascertus Limited has appointed Chris Davies as Head of Training & Change Management, in preparation to launch a new ‘Customer Success Programme’ at the company’s inaugural ‘Ascertus Client Forum’ in Oc...Read More...
                • About Us

                  OEN is the leading source of business news and information for buyers of office equipment, supplies and services within mid tier and up sized organisations. Our multi-platform approach delivers relevant, engaging and focussed content via our main printed magazine, bespoke guides and supplements, website, digital editions, apps, and newsletters with an unrivalled reach across the industry. A highly trusted and respected brand for many years, the print version of OEN last year celebrated its Diamond anniversary.

                  For our latest Media packs and more details on our range of services click here

                • View Latest Issue