Ecclesiastical uses tech to protect

Ecclesiastical Insurance has launched a new technology system designed to protect properties. Ecclesiastical Smart Properties is a risk management technology being rolled out to selected heritage, education and faith customers.

Properties will have unobtrusive, battery operated sensors installed, which will monitor for escape of water and electrical fire risks in real-time - one in four of all Ecclesiastical Insurance property claims in 2020 were caused by escape of water.

The technology, provided by property performance management firm Shepherd, learns what normal looks like for a building over a short period. The sensors then send live real-time data back to a Hub which analyses it and can send alerts as an early warning to potential losses if something is out of the ordinary.

Ecclesiastical Smart Properties will be provided at no additional cost to selected customers who will receive several water leak sensors and a thermal surge sensor. They will also have the option to expand the system to monitor other types of risks including humidity and legionella as well as solve a range of problems including improving energy consumption and carbon footprint reduction at an additional cost.

Faith Kitchen, customer segment director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “As part of our innovation programme we’re delighted to be partnering with Shepherd to deliver our cutting edge technology proposition at heritage, education and faith properties. We know that incidents such as electrical fire or escape of water can be disastrous and incredibly disruptive for customers, which is why we’re launching Ecclesiastical Smart Properties to detect issues as early as possible.”

Similar technology has been successfully trialled by Ecclesiastical and Shepherd at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath and has been rolled out to other properties in the English Heritage estate.

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