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photofourChimni Founder Nigel Walley made the most of his trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, turning into an ace reporter to provide a property tech summary for the February edition of Showhouse Magazine.  As he explains in the article, a trip to the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas has become part of the yearly calendar for anyone working in new technology. But, while it is traditionally full of interesting home tech, it has yet to achieve that must-see status for homebuilders.  This year may change that, as CES 2017 was full of new ‘smart home’ and ‘internet of things’ technologies that appear poised to make the leap into the mainstream and therefore into our homes.

The Showhouse article set the scene for the magazine's wider look at property technology or 'proptech' as we are learning to call it. The full text of the article can be found on our blog here with copies to download attached to this articles

Download this file (ShowhouseFeb2017c.pdf)Showhouse Proptech Feature[ ]936 kB

Cardiff University School of Journalism has written up the 'House History' project launched by one of the residents groups trialling the Chimni Community Web Template  - Bedford Park Residents Association (BPRA) in West London.  The project is helping local community members to research their own ‘house histories’ and providing chimni logs to capture the information. The the CUSJ 'Centre for Community Journalism' became interested because the project uses a content collaboration between the Residents Association and local video-news site The Chiswick Calendar - which sets out to be a cultural magazine for the Chiswick area - to promote the project and related local history events. Interesting stories and people, like the one below with Francis Oliver, are being collated into a series of companion videos by The Chiswick Calendar.


  Example History Video from The Chiswick Calendar

The project is the first market roll-out for one of the 'fun' functions of the Chimni concept - the Home History logs.  These are templated feature areas in a Chimni log which can help a user capture and present their home histories - see illustrations below. The users are being instructed in the best practice for researching the social history of their houses and the resulting house histories will then be uploaded to the householders trial Chimni-log.  The public pages from these logs will be collated into a wider online resourcewith a dedicated site, open to the local community.








Images From The Chimni House History Logs

NLAArchitectureImageNLALogoChimni Project Lead - Nigel Walley - presented the Chimni concept at the New London Architecture breakfast session 'Smart Thinking For London's Homes'. The talk focussed on how smart technologies will change London’s homes; how can technology make homes in the capital more efficient in terms of their design, their management, performance and use, and how they are planned for?

Nigel Walley followed a presentation by Ben Derbyshire of HTA Architects, outlining the Home Performance Labelling project which seeks to set a standard for house performance data that can be applied to all new home sales. Nigel Walley made the point that, in the emerging Smart Home world, it was important to put homeowners and tenants in control of the data about their home.

PMurrayNLALaunched by Peter Murray, the Chair of New London Architecture (see picture right), the session was intended to highlight new thinking around the way homes are constructed, monitored and managed in London. Alongside the Chimni and HTA presentations, the session saw presentations from Rupert Green, the Smart Design Lead, at architects Parsons Brinckerhom and John Nordon Design Director of sheltered housing specialist PegasusLife.


The Chimni presentation focussed on our central idea that the home is the most imporatant 'data generating node in a consumers life'. We described the need for a core 'Property ID' that can sit at the centre of a home's digital life. This Property ID is concept is supportive of the government's National Open Property Gazetteer project, proving a digital, web-friendly addition to the OpenData scheme.  Nigel Walley showed how the Chimni project was also supportive of the Home Performance Labelling project outlined by Ben Derbyshire. He showed how Chimni actually went much further, providing a broad data framework for the consumer that included all the data sets envisaged by the HPL, along with a significant extra data formats that underpin the Chimni service delivery.


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