IoT transforms housing association and tenant relationships
Blog|by Leanne Bevan|13 April 2023
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and work, and the housing sector is no exception. In this article, we will explore how IoT technology is transforming the relationship between housing associations and their tenants, using the example of Poplar HARCA's initiative to deploy IoT devices in 6,000 homes in East London.
Improving tenant experience with smart homes
By using IoT technology, housing associations can create smart homes that offer a better tenant experience. In the case of Poplar HARCA, environmental sensors installed in each property collect data on indoor air quality, temperature, humidity, and other conditions that affect residents' health. This data is transmitted to a gateway, giving the housing association a complete overview of conditions, whether for one house or a block of flats. Tenants receive alerts via an app or alternative communication methods such as SMS, email or post if there is any issue that needs to be addressed.
IoT technology for safer and more efficient homes
IoT technology is also making social housing safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective. For example, by installing sensors in social housing linked by a wireless network, problems such as dampness can be detected early, enabling remedial action before costs escalate. Security cameras can be viewed, and doors can be locked remotely, improving security and safety. IoT security systems can alert users of anything that needs attention immediately, even if there is nobody at the property to hear the alarm, boosting tenants' peace of mind.
Smart smoke alarms can immediately notify tenants about low batteries, defects, or in case of a fire, enabling fast action and limiting potential damage, protecting the safety of tenants and nearby buildings or people. Smart utility meters allow for tracking of energy consumption, giving insights into how developments can be more sustainable and cost-effective.
Benefits of IoT for housing associations and Tenants
IoT technology has the potential to transform not just industries but people's everyday lives. For housing associations, IoT can keep people connected and help make developments safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective. It provides a solid base for building for the future, helping to identify, monitor, and fix problems faster than ever before.
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IoT technology is revolutionising the relationship between housing associations and their tenants, offering better services, increased efficiency, and a more connected community. By implementing IoT solutions, housing associations can improve the tenant experience and provide better safety and security, while also benefiting from cost savings and insights into energy consumption. As IoT technology continues to evolve, it will provide even more opportunities for the housing sector to innovate and transform the way we live.
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