Why ‘smart living’ is closer than you think

The digital revolution is transforming the way we live and work in cities.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced his vision for London to become the world’s leading ‘Smart City’ at London Tech Week last month, outlining his ambition for digital technology to be at the heart of living and working in the capital.

“New technologies are…reshaping our societies, our economies and our culture,” said Khan, who called on technology companies to get more involved with solutions for a number of issues facing Londoners – including housing.

Curve IT is proud to be at the forefront of a number of exciting new technological developments in the residential housing sector.

New Breed of High-Tech Residential Developments

  • Vast technological change is happening at breakneck pace, and high-speed digital connectivity is fundamental to a new breed of vibrant residential developments aimed at the private rental sector.
  • Curve IT’s involvement with premium developer Essential Living recently resulted in the opening of flagship rental block Dressage Court – a testament to technological advances within the private rental sector.
  • High speed broadband connectivity – “the fourth utility” – is a deciding factor for anyone wanting to rent or buy new property, and the government has also pledged the technology for all new build properties in the UK.
  • Residential development companies such as Be and Quintain are also developing incredibly high-spec apartments and houses for the private sector.

A High-Speed Network for Everyone

At Dressage Court, Curve IT delivered the hardware and software to ensure each resident has their own personal high-speed network the minute they walk into the building.

WiFi connectivity follows them wherever they are in their block, whether they’re popping upstairs to sunbathe on the communal roof terrace or logging onto a fitness app in the gym.

“It’s crucial that an IT Infrastructure is able to respond to the inevitable changes in technology throughout the lifespan of the building, so we ensure optimal wireless network design,” explains Curve IT managing director Simon O’Hare.

“Using the RIBA Plan of Work methodology, our early involvement in the planning stage saves considerable capital expenditure later in the build, and ensures optimal wireless network design.”

Service-Focused, High-Tech Homes and Apartments

  • The offer of a high quality, modern ‘simpler’ lifestyle is driving interest in the private rental sector.
  • The digital, connected future is one of the main guiding principles of the design.
  • Homes and apartments are designed to be service-focused, network-connected 24/7, and future proof.
  • The number of smart living developments in the private rental sector is booming.
  • By 2021 one in four people will be renting, according to new research.
  • The sector is forecast to grow 24% by 2021.

With ‘smart technology’ gradually becoming accepted as a part and parcel of everyday living, the concept of a smart city is closer than you might think!


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