Before Safecility, Barcud tested all emergency lighting within their 5000 properties manually. As is the case with all manual processes, even with the best of intention human error and lack of transparency can be a challenge. Automation is a no brainer to mitigate non-productive manual tasks and make data reporting simple, however, when it comes to Emergency Lighting most market solutions require rewiring which is not feasible for a housing association like Barcud with thousands of buildings.
Despite being ahead of the curve when it comes to deploying IoT, automated compliance was new territory for Barcud. ICT Technician Dean Marsh explains “we’ve been rolling out LoRaWan gateways and sensors in our housing stock to monitor temperature and humidity for predictive maintenance purposes, so while we’re no strangers to IoT, we didn’t realise there were wireless products out there that could automate Emergency Lighting testing until we found Safecility.”
After being introduced, Barcud decided to assess what they were paying for manual testing to see if Safecility was a good fit. They discovered that by moving to automated testing of their emergency lighting, they would reduce yearly testing costs by 91%. Automation would allow them to be more confident in their compliance and pass on yearly savings to their tenants. It was a win-win situation.