Smartline: Smart wellbeing inspired by the community with Coastline Housing
Air quality, moisture and heating efficiency are all common housing problems faced by British communities. As part of the Smartline project, registered social landlord Coastline Housing is working with the University of Exeter to improve its service, and help customers live healthier and happier lives.
Coastline Housing manage more than 4,300 houses in Cornwall, which carry a high demand for maintenance and management. Working with 350 customers through the Smartline project, Coastline is able to collect and share data with project partners to better understand how properties are used, and how their use could be improved.
This information allows Coastline staff to understand whether properties are performing as expected, and to respond to maintenance issues more quickly. The Smartline project also enables communities to become more resilient to issues including damp, mould and fuel poverty, by allowing customers more insight into their properties and their own wellbeing.
Cornish businesses will also benefit from Smartline. The data collected through the project is being made available to help develop new apps and technologies.
“In a perfect world we’d work with the University on a day-to-day basis. I’d really encourage that – if we could have projects every day that would be great.”
Mark England, Head of Technical Services, Coastline Housing
A research project was undertaken between the University of Exeter and DC Welsh Water to develop a machine learning tool that could more accurately predict and identify potential blockages across the sewer network.
Urban flood modelling is becoming more important as the population is increasingly urbanised. Flood modelling requires data on rainfall, land cover (whether the ground has roads, fields, buildings etc.), and soil type. Digital elevation data is needed to show where there are hills and where the water will flow. Remote sensing can…
Statistical modelling research in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science has improved the understanding and pricing of insurance risk due to European windstorms and tropical cyclones. Cyclones are fascinating large storms that can have devastating effects on society; Hurricane Sandy which hit New York in November 2012 caused major flooding, resulting in $25-30 billion in insured losses,…