Aico introduces Environmental Sensors for dedicated life safety market
06 November 2021
LIFE SAFETY solutions developer Aico has just introduced its HomeLINK Environmental Sensors. Designed to create better maintained, healthier and energy efficient homes, Aico’s Environmental Sensors are discreet and secure and placed throughout a given dwelling to monitor temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
Available in two models, the Ei1020 measures temperature and humidity while the Ei1025 measures temperature, humidity and CO2. The Environmental Sensors provide actionable insights into conditions such as mould risk, draught risk, excess cold, heat loss and indoor air quality.
Sustainability is part of Aico’s core ethos and the business is passionate about supporting the drive to reduce carbon footprint throughout the industry. Insights from the new Environmental Sensors on indoor environmental conditions allow for preventative measures and proactive maintenance, enabling landlords to adhere to requirements outlined in British Standards and legislation, such as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing, as well as supporting the attainment of specific net zero targets.
Seamlessly integrating with Aico’s Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway, the Environmental Sensors overcome many challenges, from compliance and carbon footprint to mould risk and fuel poverty. The SmartLINK Gateway extracts the data from Environmental Sensors and provides a central hub for data from both fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems and Environmental Sensors. Advanced machine learning technology constantly interprets the data to provide clear and actionable insights which are available via the dedicated HomeLINK dashboard.
Property and portfolio views
The HomeLINK dashboard provides detailed property and portfolio views and is designed for multiple user roles. With data from Environmental Sensors and connected fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems segmented by high, medium and low risk, top-level data can be viewed on the main dashboard, while deeper insights can be accessed to tackle problems, maintain compliance and enable preventative strategies within housing stock.
With all of the data in one place, landlords can benefit from increased efficiency and improved asset management.
As resident engagement is a crucial focus for Aico, the business has developed the HomeLINK Resident App, specifically designed for the Environmental Sensors, in order to empower residents. Through the HomeLINK Resident App, residents are provided with personalised, user friendly data and insight into their home health through an overall rating, temperature, humidity and CO2 data and handy advice on the measures they can take to improve the quality of their home, including alarm testing notifications.
Driving the industry forwards
Aico’s managing director Neal Hooper commented: “It’s vital that we innovate to drive the UK housing industry forwards, meeting the needs of our customers in novel ways, aligning with sustainability and net zero targets and with resident engagement and well-being at the forefront. This is exactly what our HomeLINK Environmental Sensors will do. Alongside our SmartLINK Gateway, our Environmental Sensors will support advancement of the connected home, providing a wealth of benefits for landlords and residents alike.”
Chris Jones, CEO of HomeLINK, added: “Prior to our acquisition by Aico, HomeLINK had huge demand for Environmental Sensors due to the obvious and sizeable compliance and maintenance business case they presented. As Aico’s first smart home product outside of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, these sensors represent a significant milestone. Having already connected 65,000 devices in UK social housing, and with back orders of several thousand of the new sensors, it’s clear that Internet of Things technologies have truly taken hold in the sector.”
The Environmental Sensors, HomeLINK dashboard and Resident App add another dimension to resident safety while helping landlords to meet their strategic goals, creating safer and healthier homes.
*To find out more detail visit www.aico.co.uk/HomeLINK