Housing associations are saving millions with high-tech sensors

Pinacl Solutions, a technology company based in North Wales, has developed cutting-edge sensors that are helping housing associations save millions.

Several organisations are using Pinacl’s IoT sensors to maintain their properties, improve tenant health, slash bills and detect issues such as damp.

Early adopters of the sensors include Newport City Homes, Halton Housing and the City of York. Mark Lowe, business development director at Pinacl, said they’re giving property managers improved visibility.

“Social housing providers are responsible for managing tens of thousands of properties, often with extremely small teams,” he said.

“Poor property conditions cause serious problems for the property and, more importantly, tenant health if they are not addressed quickly.

“It costs in the region of £25,000 to fully refit the average social housing property, a cost that our technology helps to avoid.

“According to a BBC report, more than £35million in compensation and legal fees have been paid out to people living in ‘unfit homes’ in the last five years.

“We know from our research that around one in ten properties have an urgent need of intervention which would require renovation running into tens of thousands of pounds if not detected early on and acted upon.”

With the sensors, social housing providers are provided with a real-time overview of every property in their portfolio. Automatic alerts are sent out when problems arise or are predicted to.

Currently, up to four sensors can be installed in homes – typically in the bathroom, bedroom, living room and kitchen. They’re linked to an IoT network and application dashboard, and can track humidity, temperature, Co2 and movement.

Mark added: “The IoT is a current technology buzzword but what we have done is develop a solution to a long-term and hugely expensive challenge facing social housing providers.

“We have made good progress in the housing sector since launching the product and we are now looking at further opportunities in areas such as domiciliary care.”

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