EG provide market research and intelligence for the real estate industry. Each year, EG recognise real estate influencers who make a significant contribution in areas such as property investment, construction, innovation and sustainability.

The judging panel including; Eden Dwek, Real Estate Technology, KPMG; Andy Pyle, Head of UK Real Estate, KPMG LLP and Tim Ryan, Head of National Technology, DAC Beachcroft nominated Glide Residential Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ in the category of Sustainability Technology.

Like most of the UK, high-density buildings are still hampered by ageing and complex copper infrastructure. At best, building operators can expect to benefit from Fibre-to-the-Basement (FTTB) but may never get to see the 1Gbit/s headline grabbing speeds and reliability which will make a significant impact to the lives of tech-reliant Millennial residents. That is unless the building has Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™) installed.

You could be forgiven for thinking this type of sophisticated technology is harming the environment. As the EG Tech Award nomination shows - this is far from the case.

Only Glide Residential offers Smart Fibre Infrastructure™, a seamless full fibre solution, integrated into each apartment in the Build-to-Rent sector. Less cabling, less space, less equipment, a smaller carbon footprint and improved cost-efficiency reduces the overall energy waste of a building from the moment it is installed.

Not only do traditional cabling systems waste space, they also waste energy in ways that is simply impossible to justify in 2019. Legacy cabling systems consume large amounts of electricity 24 hours a day, every day, requiring cooling equipment, monitoring equipment, network switches to function with lots of potential points of failure.

The foundation of Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ is a seamless fibre network cable with no switches and a single comms cabinet. SFI™ easily surpasses traditional cabling systems - it means no more wasting space with network switches for every 90 metres of cable, fans for every switch, communications (comms) cabinets on every floor and splitters for every apartment. SFI™ supports architectural innovation, giving architects and developers more space to mould the communal spaces, enhance resident experience - free from the burden of working around the spatial constrictions of legacy technology.

SFI™ allows building operators to leverage the power of the Internet of Things to reduce energy waste by making a strong business case using real data. In Build-to-Rent, resident expectations are increasing, particularly with demand for sustainable living. Whether it’s improving the efficiency of heating, electricity or water, SFI™ technology empowers building operators to make the right decisions for the environment with frictionless integration while increasing the operational efficiency of the building. For instance, installing submetering in the building over SFI™, means bills will be accurate, data can be analysed and energy output assessed from different apartments and floors making is easy to identify faults and wasted energy. Occupancy sensors can be added to SFI™ to ensure lights are only on in spaces occupied by people. This saves as much as 30% on any lighting system.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. What this means is everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support. Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can enhance your Build-to-Rent (BTR) development. Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at, or find out more details on our website /connectivity-and-smart-solutions/sfi

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