Safecility, a Dublin-based Internet of Things (IoT) start-up, has won a prestigious contract to develop a blockchain-based platform to improve building security.
With much of building security management still heavily reliant on paper, the intention is to combine advanced satellite positioning technology with a blockchain-derived database and other tools to create a form of safety management to ensure better buildings.
Safecility was awarded the contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Program, which encourages companies to use satellite applications and space technology in their products.
Founded and led by Cian O’Flaherty, Safecility has developed an online building compliance tool that reduces the complexity of complying with safety regulations.
The new “Safeblock” project aims to transform building security and surveillance by using satellites, sensors, geolocation tools and distributed ledger technology to provide key insights into issues such as maintenance and testing that cannot be manipulated.
Mr O’Flaherty said the project, which received funding for two years, could prove groundbreaking, particularly in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
“Safeblock will fundamentally change the way building security is managed and improve transparency, trust and safety in buildings,” he said. “In the same way that we expect a Building Energy Rating (BER) for any property, a Building Safety Rating (BSR) now becomes possible.”
The entrepreneur also co-founded the ‘Feed the Heroes’ initiative, a fundraising effort set up to deliver meals to frontline workers during the Covid crisis. He has raised over €1.4 million and delivered over 200,000 meals in his lifetime.
Mr O’Flaherty said technology has a crucial role to play in keeping buildings continuously safe to the standards everyone wants to see.
“We see Safeblock as a key tool in the regulator’s toolbox to keep landlords, tenants and occupiers informed and safe. It can meet global challenges with simple, truthful building security recording built on sensors that report in real time. »
Complete compliance mechanism
“Safeblock is not just location tracking as part of overall asset management, nor just a distributed ledger to record ongoing building compliance. It is a comprehensive compliance mechanism that removes human error , creates high-quality data and synchronizes the approach to building compliance and safety audits for building owners, asset managers, compliance officers and regulators,” added Mr. O ‘Flaherty.
Safecility, which has secured over €550,000 in research, development and innovation grants since its inception, will create a number of new jobs as a result of winning the contract.
The company, one of Enterprise Ireland’s ‘high potential start-ups’, raised €300,000 from seed investors and the state agency last year and is set to begin development soon. collection process of an additional 1.5 million euros.
Its partners include Cellnex Telecom, Sensori Facilities Management in Ireland and Cobalt Housing and Watford Borough Council in England.