Two-year pilot scheme of Evident Software will benefit 530 social homes across London
Social housing residents living in 530 homes across London are now safer from the risk of fire, thanks to a pilot of new technology to track and manage fire safety equipment by housing association the Hyde Group (Hyde).
The two-year pilot scheme of Evident Software (Evident) by Hyde, will see the implementation of Evident’s fire safety asset management software across four apartment blocks and one sheltered housing property, spanning the London boroughs of Bermondsey, Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham, managed by Hyde.
Evident has already tagged and logged every piece of fire safety equipment in each of the five buildings, from smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, to emergency lighting and dry risers. The equipment will now be monitored by Evident’s Landlord software, which gives Hyde a real-time dashboard on each of the building’s safety equipment – including audits, service reports and end-of-life data to ensure all apparatus is fit for purpose and regularly maintained. It also helps identify any areas that are without adequate protection which can then be swiftly rectified.
For Hyde, which is responsible for more than 100,000 residents and is part of the G15, an organisation made up of the largest housing associations in and around Greater London, this provides clarity. The safety compliance equipment information, maintenance management, contract and audit details for all the buildings are now instantly accessible from any mobile device, and any location.
Liz Oliver, director of compliance at The Hyde Group, said: “Hyde exists to provide its residents with safe, decent homes, which they can be proud of. Our work with Evident now makes it fundamentally easier for us to reduce the risk of fire in our buildings and provide these residents with peace of mind.
“The software makes it easy for us to check the status of all our safety equipment and enables us to act far in advance of items requiring servicing and end-of-life replacement. The entire social housing sector requires innovation to drive it forward and create safer homes. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this revolution.”
Tracie Williams, managing director of London-based Evident Software, comments: “This pilot creates the golden thread of information that Dame Judith Hackitt called for in her government-commissioned post-Grenfell report, to ensure the transparency and compliance of fire safety equipment and maintenance in residential buildings.
“Our mission is to help landlords like Hyde have full control of fire safety compliance and oversight of the equipment in their buildings, to ensure transparency and accountability. Hyde will now have a holistic view of what equipment exists, what work needs to be done, what work hasn’t been done, and what work is upcoming in a live and digestible way. We hope that this subsequently will help residents to feel confident that Hyde is doing everything it can to keep them safe in their homes.”
For more information, go to www.evidentsofware.co.uk