Smartline: Smart wellbeing inspired by the community with Coastline Housing

Smartline: Smart wellbeing inspired by the community with Coastline Housing


The Smartline project was initiated on the
back of a lot of work we’ve been doing around the needs of the community for health and
wellbeing. The University initiated the project in collaboration
with Cornwall Council, Coastline Housing and Volunteer Cornwall. I’m Mark England, I’m the Head of Technical
Services for Coastline Housing. We’re a registered social landlord with over
4000 homes in Cornwall. The Smartline project is a really innovative
project where we’re looking at 350 homes which will have sensors fitted in them. In a sealed house you get issues. You can get issues with mould growth, you
can get issues with respiratory health from that, indoor air pollution is emerging as
a major issue in people’s health and wellbeing. Coastline has a huge amount of data about
its homes. We’ve collected lots of asset management information
and what we’d like to do is share that with the University and make sure we can look at
trends and the reasons behind certain situations in certain homes. There’s a potential for Smartline to give
us a good idea of how people are interacting with their houses, of how their houses themselves
are built, and so that we can get an idea on what is really driving these health issues. One of the real outcomes would be trying to
stimulate business in Cornwall, where businesses can look at the information we’re going to
give them access to and try to get those businesses to start thinking about how to avoid certain
situations in homes, particularly the humidity issue and maybe low temperature. Can we create apps? Can we create different pieces of software? Is there some additional hardware that could
be created, which will allow us to stop those things happening, or alert the right people
to intervene and help people who may be getting into fuel poverty and don’t realise it at
that point? In a perfect world we’d work with the University
on a day-to-day basis. I’d really encourage that. If we could have projects running every day
that would be great. Coastline Housing is very open to this sort
of approach and we’re very keen to learn a lot more about our homes and how they operate.

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