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Mid-Wales Housing Leads The Way With Innovative IoT Technology

Newtown-based Mid-Wales Housing Association is leading the way as the first organisation in Powys to use advanced, intelligent IoT technology that allows it to gain real-time information on the condition of its properties.

Mid-Wales Housing is piloting the project using innovative Gateway technology which provides valuable information on the temperature and humidity of its homes at 30-minute intervals via Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) direct to its offices in Newtown. The Association's Gateway is registered on The Things Network (TTN) - the first in Powys.

Dean Marsh, ICT Officer at Mid-Wales Housing said: "We first looked into this cutting edge technology after learning about its success in Berlin. Mid-Wales Housing is currently piloting the system with temperature and humidity sensors installed in a selected number of our properties throughout Mid-Wales. Our long term aim is that this technology will provide information on a large number of our 1,700 properties directly to our offices including boilers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide and water leak detection".

Mr. Ernie Capener, Community Housing Officer at Mid-Wales Housing said: "Early detection of faults, such as heating problems or those at risk of condensation or fire, will mean an improved service to our tenants as we can intervene earlier to prevent the problem escalating. This will also reduce the costs of repairs by eliminating the need for regular visits to the property to diagnose potential faults. Our elderly and vulnerable tenants will also benefit from the peace of mind that their home is being regularly monitored and their smoke alarms are working correctly".