New app hopes to bring smarter housing for social landlords

  • ZONR Group has great an Internet of Things app which they hope will transform social housing efficiency, boost tenant support and support sustainability targets. happycomputer.jpg

    The ZONR app combines the latest intelligent sensor technology, smart data transmission and decision engine analytics to centrally monitor and support heating systems across social landlord’s housing stock, reports 24dash.

    Headed up by social housing technology entrepreneur Robert Dent, over the last 18 months ZONR has invested in research and development and has already conducted successful pilots.

    The technology used can be readily deployed across multiple housing types. Once in use it will drive down the operating and maintenance costs of heating equipment, boost tenant satisfaction by lowering energy bills and optimise both assets and workforce productivity.

    Commenting on the launch of the new application ZONR Group’s CEO Robert Dent said, “By definition, a smart home is the sum of the devices inside it, that create a home that is integrated, clever and simple. The Internet of Things has enabled this to become a reality and as such represents a whole new landscape of opportunity for both social landlords and their tenants. On one hand, it allows the landlord to manage their operations even more efficiently, to maintain their stock and assets better and to meet sustainability targets. On the other hand, from the customer perspective, there will be extremely satisfied tenants, living in warmer, drier, better-maintained homes with lower energy bills. In short, everybody wins. We have already seen the same kind of technology revolutionise the commercial property world. Analyst group Gartner estimated that smart commercial buildings represent 45% of total ‘connected things’ in use in 2015. It also forecast that this will rise to 81% by 2020. There is enormous potential then for this technology to also make a real difference in the social housing world. This is especially relevant given the added pressures faced by social landlords following the recent budget, so you can see a strong momentum building – one that will drive the widespread adoption of this approach. Our vision reflects this, as we believe that very soon every social home in the UK will be fitted with intelligent sensor based technology. And given the initial response that we have already received from social landlords for this application, we are exceedingly confident that this vision will soon become a reality.”

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