Halton Housing wanted to focus on moving away from manual testing of emergency lighting in their residential housing blocks. Spread out over a wide geographic area, testing of emergency lighting in each block required in-person visits to all lights, at all locations, on a monthly basis. Because of the large amount of resources needed to execute testing and maintenance, work was outsourced to a third party contractor who carried out testing, inspection and repairs on their behalf. PDF certificates of completion were then sent to Halton Housing’s compliance team.
After some discussion about the emergency lighting already installed in their buildings and the methods used to test and maintain them, Lee Reevell, Head of Innovation & Architecture and Gav Roberts, Innovation Officer felt there was an opportunity to make things more efficient. Up to that point, connecting together information to streamline their emergency lighting process was impossible because manual testing gave no indication of failures in advance. Technicians had to attend the site to complete routine testing and determine if there were any problems. If there was an issue with any light the next step was to order the part for replacement and at a later date return to site to complete the repair.
Lee explains, “Our emergency lights which didn’t use LED bulbs failed frequently leading to countless hours wasted going back and forth replacing bulbs. Another shortcoming we identified in the process was that PDF testing reports generated by our third party contractor existed in a silo and didn’t feed into any of our in-house asset management systems.”