NHS Property Services appoints Hark Systems for smart building programme

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NHS Property Services (NHS PS) has appointed Hark Systems to design the ecosystem for its Smarter Buildings Programme.

The Smarter Buildings Programme aims to implement an ecosystem, designed by Hark, that will allow NHS PS to collect, input, archive, analyse and report on its estate information in a consistent and efficient way. This ecosystem will allow NHS PS to react to facility and management information in real-time and control buildings remotely through a digital twin environment by integrating software into its building management systems.

IoT sensors, building management systems, AI and augmented reality are among the technology that will be included for NHS PS to control and optimise estate performance in future.

Established in 2013, NHS PS owns more than 3,600 NHS facilities, one of the largest property portfolios in the UK.

The contract with Hark, an energy analytics and industrial IoT consultancy, is initially for three months. Hark will consult on the likes of IoT standards, asset connectivity, IoT platforms and dashboarding, reporting and alerting, data ingestion, and data storage.

Dream client

Jordan Appleson, CEO at Hark, said: “The NHS is a dream client for many across our team. It’s exciting to be designing something that will enable the connectivity of such a large estate alongside the NHS Property Services team. We feel very well placed to deliver the brief and beyond with our background and experience in large complex estates and also highly regulated healthcare labs and buildings.”

Cameron Hawkins, head of energy and environment at NHS PS, said: “As owners of 10% of the NHS estate, we play a key role in reducing emissions, helping the NHS adapt to climate change and building healthier communities. Our Green Plan is our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable healthcare.

“As part of our plan, we recognise the important role data and technology plays in helping reduce the environmental impact of the NHS and creating greener, healthier communities. Hark’s excellent approach to systems design clearly aligns with this, enabling us to support the NHS deliver excellent patient care both now and in the future.”

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