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Alertacall host CIH event on ‘How WiFi in sheltered and supported housing will help transform service delivery’

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Alertacall will once again be hosting a series of ‘Ideas Labs’ in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (‘CIH’). The first in the series will focus on ‘WiFi in sheltered and supported housing’ and how it can be a gateway to new services and provide a cost effective alternative to hard wired systems. The event is free to attend and will take place on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 10:30am.

The introduction of WiFi into both communal areas and residents homes provides a huge opportunity to completely reimagine how many housing services can be delivered. It facilitates higher levels of digital engagement amongst residents and makes other services, like video door entry, video calling, smart devices and CCTV, far more cost effective.

Furthermore, Digital Switchover, taking place in 2025, has significant implications for how housing providers operate their services, especially for hard wired systems in sheltered and supported housing. WiFi offers housing providers a far lower cost route to delivering services for older people, including services that are more proactive, and deliver efficiencies.

The free to attend Ideas Lab, hosted by Alertacall, explains what is involved in installing WiFi, how to use it to transition from a hard wired system, and explores potential new services that can be introduced for the benefit of both landlord and resident.

Digital Switchover will also potentially involve major infrastructure investments and this workshop helps providers identify where the best returns on investment may be achieved.

Confirmed speakers include James Batchelor, CEO and founder of Alertacall, and Gary Exall, director of SimpliFi Managed WiFi.

Speakers can answer any questions you submit and, after the session, you’ll be able to discuss the issues raised further with other delegates in the networking lounge.

Learning outcomes for the session:

  • What is involved in installing WiFi in both residents homes and communal areas
  • The extent to which WiFi can replace hard wired systems in sheltered and supported housing
  • How WiFi can deliver both operational efficiencies and enable a better service to residents

Martin Cutbill, director of Alertacall, said:

“The forthcoming Digital Switchover and recent lockdowns have paved the way for many housing providers to reassess the role of technology in their service delivery. We’re excited to be hosting this session with the CIH which looks specifically at the wider benefits of installing WiFi for both residents and housing providers, as well as the practical steps involved and the potential cost savings to be made.

Importantly, we’ll be exploring how WiFi offers housing providers the opportunity to also move away from costly and outdated hardwired systems, to offer a more person centred housing service.”

For more information on the CIH Ideas Lab and to book your place, visit the CIH website.

If you would like to find out more about installing WiFi and the Housing Proactive service, please call 0808 163 0993 email