In December 2018 Glide released the Smart Block 2020 white paper to help student accommodation operators explore technology that delivers operational efficiency and operational savings. Cost savings can be channelled into enhancing student experience and student well-being with technology like smart thermostats and smart-enabled pervasive wireless, and comfortable spaces to learn and relax.

Smart technology often adds complexity where it should create simplicity. The aim for student accommodation operators is to make the complex simple and streamline technology to ensure it stays relevant today, tomorrow and meets student expectations into future.

What is often missing from the conversation is the real-world vision of a Smart Building – something installed today that will deliver value from the day the doors are opened and into the future - a vision that will change perceptions and demonstrate that solutions are within reach today.

The Smart Block includes an innovative and future-proof infrastructure. Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™) is so much more than super-fast broadband and pervasive wireless – it’s a seamless fibre network connecting every building service, which means: less infrastructure, less equipment and less wasted energy.

For instance, submeters deployed over SFI™ enables operators to access and analyse energy consumption on a granular scale. By moving to room-by-room analysis, the operator can drill into key areas of overuse, and regain control of utilities.The combination of pervasive Wi-Fi deployed over Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ and submetering operating on the same network creates the following benefits for student accommodation operators:

  1. As electricity, water and gas submeters will be supplied to the building in bulk, this means that every meter will be provided by a single supplier, bringing down the costs of installation, maintenance and support.
  2. Submetering in the SmartBlock also gives landlords the option to select a single energy supplier based on price or eco credentials. Economy-of-scale saving can be passed on to students and invested in student well-being.
  3. By giving access to all the data in a user-friendly dashboard, the room by room analysis offered by the SmartBlock allows the landlord to bench mark against the best performing rooms and buildings and identify new efficiencies and cost savings.
  4. By adding individual room thermostats to the overall building heating system, students can control their environment whilst the operator retains overall control. This allows the heating in vacant rooms to be switched off and heat availability and temperatures to be capped, which could lead to up to 20% in energy savings.

The SmartBlock won’t just save money on gas and electricity – one of the key technologies can also save money on water supply. Making dumb plumbing smart means operators can measure the water flow and water temperature of the building, which means proactive monitoring. The automatic stopcock limits damage to the property and the SmartBlock aids the prevention of leaks and water loss that costs time, money and reputation damage.

To find out more about SFI™, submetering, water safety, water escape, environment monitoring and much, much more download the Smart Block 2020 white paper by following this link:

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