River Clyde Housing trials Internet of Things for social housing

River Clyde Housing is to test the Internet of Things with a new project that will install sensors on a housing estate.

The social housing provider will work with the Hypercat consortium to field test around 300 Internet of Things devices in Greenock and Broomhill. Hypercat is a government-backed group of organisations working on interoperability standards for smart cities and the Internet of Things.

The sensors will monitor conditions such as temperature and humidity to noise, movement, wind speed, heat and power. It will pull this data together in real-time to predict maintenance needs and health and safety risks. 

The so-called “smart neighbourhood” is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK and is hoped to lay the foundations for interoperability within Internet of Things ecosystems of the future. The project is also hoped to provide better asset intelligence for business planning purposes as well as greater visibility of energy usage to enable residents to better manage fuel poverty.

Ross Fraser, chief executive of HouseMark, the social housing data and insight organisation that is leading the project, said he anticipated that the project “will prove that the Internet of Things can deliver actionable insights to transform landlord efficiency and effectiveness in property maintenance and tenant welfare.”

Kevin Scarlett, River Clyde Housing chief executive, said that he was confident that “the demonstrator will enable the company to provide more efficient and effective services for our customers, and significantly improve the quality of our housing offer for existing and future residents.” 


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