Safehouse Technology Ltd | LoRa Deployment Liverpool

Building Maintenance and Social Care

Project Overview

Safehouse Technology Ltd won an Innovate UK project in association with Liverpool City Council to deploy Safehouse at scale. In a 12 month pilot project, the objectives were to explore the efficiency and performance improvements that could be gained through the use of the Safehouse system in the provision of housing and care. 

We deployed a low cost LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) across the Liverpool City Region, giving around 80% coverage in the highest density ares. A collaboration evolved with the council, housing associations, care providers and student accommodation organisations. 'At Risk' properties were identified and tenants and people receiving care were recruited to participate. 

A large scale deployment involving several hundred Safehouse sensors was rolled out in premises, residences and with tenants receiving care.

The partner organisations were able to view and analyse the data from their sensors using Safehouse dashboards. Safehouse app accounts were given to care providers and the relatives or friends of the people receiving care. The app users got notification and alerts concerning the person's well-being and living conditions. Click below for more information about the Safehouse dashboard and Safehouse app.

What came of the pilot?

The value of the system was evident from the underlying problems that were detected.

  • heating issues were apparent when the inside temperature of a property fell in comparison to others and the outside temperature, indicative of fuel poverty

  • using a combination of temperature and humidity readings, conditions where damp and mould was a risk or was likely to become one, were identified

  • a repeating pattern of power outages in one home flagged up that the resident had developed (un-diagnosed) early stage dementia

  • high numbers of power in some premises alerted landlords to fix electrical problems before there were significant consequences

  • monitoring for the fire alarms sounding revealed a much higher incidence of alarms going off than was expected - highlighting problems with residents' behaviour 

  • a break-in to a commercial property was revealed through movement and light sensing

  • overcrowding in a student accommodation 

Benefits for Accommodation Providers

  • increased quality of housing, reduction in property degradation and reduced cost of repairs due to early detection of developing problems

  • exposure of overcrowding and anti-social behaviour

  • improved management of assets, particularly vacant buildings

  • potential way to replace fire alarm tests as required by law. 

Benefits for Tenants

  • improved health through better living conditions

  • maintenance done in more timely manner

  • difficult social problems, such as fuel poverty don't remain hidden.



Benefits for People Receiving Care at Home

  • able to live independently for longer 

  • increased conditions can be spotted.

Liverpool City Council has offered to hosts delegation from other councils in the UK to discuss the projects and the approach to improving public services.

Related and external links:

UK Research & Innovation Abstract - Link


Associated Project, Stop & GO - Link1, Link2, Link3

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