Cornerstone Housing, Exeter’s largest independent housing association, is a company that puts housing people first and focuses on quality homes and services.

Cornerstone operates a rolling programme of Electrical Inspection Condition Reporting (EICR) and an Electrical Improvement Programme. As part of these upgrades, Cornerstone are installing Aico’s new technologically advanced Multi-Sensor detectors and innovative Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway. The first properties to receive these are at Beacon Avenue, Exeter through their Improvement Programme and the new Affordable Rented houses under construction at Otterton near Budleigh Salterton.

Reaching out for assistance from Aico’s Regional Specification Manager for the South West, Steve Bulley, Cornerstone are currently adopting the Grade D1 LD2 specification on all new installations and any detection upgrades. Cornerstone is utilising Aico’s Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway as well as the Multi-Sensors with Radio Frequency (RF) interconnection for ease of installation and minimal disruption to residents. Steve Bulley introduced the Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway and associated benefits to both Cornerstone and their residents, providing training and on-site support to the housing provider.

The Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway utilises the next generation of wireless technology to interface the SmartLINK Gateway with all Aico alarms, assuring easy installation and reliable connection. This allows full visibility of connected RF systems via an online, cloud based SmartLINK portal system. This is an essential piece of technology, meaning that appliances can be checked remotely by Cornerstone to ensure they are functioning correctly. Cornerstone are utilising the Ei1000G in conjunction with Aico’s Ei3024 MultiSensor Fire Alarm, a technologically advanced detector, built on the same high quality, reliable and proven technology that all Aico Alarms are renowned for and contains the latest high-tech enhancements such as dust compensation technology, making it the most effective domestic fire alarm on the market.

Chris Read, Compliance Manager for Cornerstone commented “As an organisation we want to be at the forefront of technology and with Aico being the specified alarm range within our properties, it felt natural to partner with them as we introduce a range of IoT (Internet of Things) solutions into our stock, whilst at the same time achieving compliance to BS5839:6 2019+A1:2020, all enabled by the Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway. We have been supported through the whole process by Steve Bulley, Aico’s local support in the South West, which has included training and in-depth technical support for our operatives.”

Steve Bulley said of the project “Cornerstone are an incredible housing provider to work with that are always striving to deliver for their residents. I would like to thank both Tim Lewry and Chris Read for allowing us to share their vision with them and I look forward to many more years of collaborative working with Cornerstone.”

Cornerstone Housing is a well established traditional housing association with over 1,400 homes in Exeter and the surrounding Districts of East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge, providing quality affordable homes for over 3,000 tenants.

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