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Cityfibre: Peterborough IoT testbed

Social housing locations across Peterborough have been transformed into a smart city testbed in a partnership between full fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre and social housing landlord Cross Keys Homes (CKH), with support from Comms365, a Network Services company specialising in Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks and applications. Three residential locations across the city have installed IoT sensors to monitor humidity and condensation, to detect heat wasted in communal areas, to detect unauthorised activity in vacant properties, to alert staff to illegal parking in front of emergency exits and to monitor levels in water tanks and fire risks, such open fire doors. The sensors transmit data via antennae connected to CityFibre’s full fibre network. Claire Higgins, Chief Executive at Cross Keys Homes, says the trial demonstrates the huge impact IoT technology can have on the provision of public services. “We have been able to identify new ways to ensure our homes are comfortable, safe and green by addressing condensation, security, fire risk and energy waste, which in turn has led to significant cost and efficiency savings. The potential for this technology to transform operations for other housing providers and different public services is immense,” she said.

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