Woking, Surrey, UK – 19 July 2023 – VerseOne Group, the specialist provider of market-leading digital transformation to the housing and healthcare sectors, today announces the launch of DataSure, an AI-driven software solution aimed at helping social housing providers to remain compliant through identifying missing, dirty or incomplete data, and to automate the process of gathering accurate data.
Responsible Social Landlords (RSLs) are facing unprecedented pressures to improve the quality of housing stock and to prevent hazards that risk the health and wellbeing – even the lives – of their residents. The tragic death of Awaab Ishak in Rochdale due to untreated mould, following on from the Grenfell disaster due to inadequate cladding leading to fire, has led to government intervention. The Social Housing Bill – aka “Awaab’s Law” – will be an Act very soon.
Furthermore, cost-of-living and inflationary pressures, along with capped rent levels, mean that housing associations and local authorities must do more with less. Finally, pressure from the regulator and ombudsman to take appropriate mitigation against the 29 hazards listed in the Housing Act 2004 or face unlimited fines means they have to take action now.
DataSure seamlessly and intelligently probes line-of-business applications like Housing Management Systems, Asset Management Systems and Workforce Scheduling Systems to identify gaps or anomalies in tenant data. More importantly, it automates the process of gathering and populating clean data. It does this via VerseOne’s portal, which enables rich Digital Tenant Engagement, presenting a mobile-optimised, personalised interface, through which residents update data, flag problems and book repair work.
Commenting on this announcement, Alan Neilson, founder and executive chairman at VerseOne, remarked: “we are excited to be launching DataSure today. The Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT), who publishes the UK Housing Data Standards, estimates that 25-30% of all resources in the sector are being spent on data-related issues, whilst the Housing Ombudsman Service has stated that improving information management is a silver bullet for social housing. We know that dirty or missing data can cost lives but that clean data has the potential to save them.”
Moving onto DataSure itself, Neilson continued: “the compelling benefits of DataSure relate to speed and accuracy. Not only does it automate data collection, it uses AI and crowdsourcing to enrich that data too. Better data allows social housing landlords to improve their service with responsive repairs as well as by scheduling preventative maintenance to prevent potential hazards from cropping up at all. This not only gives transparency to the tenant, but also works to eliminate failed site visits, which we estimate will mean a pay-back in less than six months. DataSure brings a compelling ongoing return on investment, helping housing associations with the ongoing financial pressures they face.”
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