16:32 29 January 2018
Renfrewshire Council is trialling Internet of Things (IoT) technology to gather data, such as temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels to detect fuel poverty and other housing issues that affect 50 social properties around Paisley.
The pilot scheme, which has taken effect on July 2016, has empowered the council to identify anomalies and take action to support tenants and protect property. Problems that were since identified involve heating systems and fuel poverty.
David Amos, Head of Policy and Commissioning at Renfrewshire Council, said: “iOpt Assets’ easy to install technology gives us the ability to spot problems they have with energy or any issues with their housing that might affect their health.
“It will also help us take preventative action, where necessary, to protect, manage, or even improve our homes – from damp and moisture detection, to issues with air quality.
“The council is working with partners to create an environment in Renfrewshire that supports the testing and deployment of innovative internet of things technology and we were delighted to have facilitated this successful test with iOpt Assets.”
Stephen Milne, Business Development Manager at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, added: “This is an excellent example of the IoT in action, delivering significant benefits to society and business.
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