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VVO Group signs up to Digita IoT network

The operator’s high masts and LoRa technology will enable diverse connected devices to be cost-efficiently controlled

The production phase follows a pilot project that took place in Espoo
The production phase follows a pilot project that took place in Espoo

Digita is building a nationwide network enabling the IoT

A pilot project covered 200 rental properties in the city of Espoo

The aim is to make sure living conditions remain ideal

Finland’s largest private landlord VVO Group and the network operator Digita have agreed on the production phase of a property solution based on the Internet of Things (IoT) provided by Digita.


Digita is building a nationwide network enabling the IoT. Its coverage currently reaches 85 per cent of the population and around 95 per cent of enterprises, the primary target group of the network.


The operator’s high masts and bi-directoral LoRa technology, means diverse connected devices can be controlled easily and cost-efficiently in the network.


The production phase followed a pilot in spring 2016 that tested the collection and utilisation of temperature and humidity data from apartments using Digita’s IoT solution. The aim was to use the data to adjust the properties’ systems so that living conditions remained ideal. The pilot project covered 200 rental properties in the city of Espoo.


“Based on the successful pilot, we decided to continue measuring these properties with Digita, and we are also considering increasing the numbers of properties that we monitor,” said Kimmo Rintala, head of VVO Group’s property development unit. “Throughout the pilot, we developed our ability to utilise measurement data in our control systems, and now we are able to utilise it efficiently. We have high expectations regarding the utilisation of this data.”


“Maintaining optimal living conditions is easy when factors that affect residents’ experiences can be recognised in real time. Continuous measuring also enables the detection of obvious faults in individual apartments even before the residents themselves have time to react to them,” added Markus Ala-Hautala, chief operating officer, Digita.


“Digita’s IoT network also responds to the challenges of public buildings. Excessive humidity will be noticed in time, making it possible to avoid damage. By using a real-time picture of the situation provided by sensor data and historical data we are able to offer services that surpass the expectations of the users of the premises,” he continued.


VVO Group has approximately 32,500 rental properties across Finland and employs 300 housing professionals.


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