We are delighted to announce that Cloudfm has formed a technology-driven partnership with University of Essex to bring state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to our clients.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) was formed with the University’s leading AI academics following a £195,000 award by the UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Together, we will research and build advanced monitoring, control and prediction solutions, to implement across our client’s complex estate assets.

Cloudfm’s development team will work with PizzaExpress, one of the most popular casual-dining brands in the UK, to implement IoT in its estate of restaurants. Siobhan Fagan, Group IT Director at PizzaExpress said:

“The Internet of Things offers the potential for truly transformative gains in business. The scope for organisations to simultaneously reduce costs, increase quality and control risk is tremendous – not for nothing have these technologies been identified as a key element of what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This initiative extends our long-standing partnership with Cloudfm, building on the company’s cutting-edge facilities management technology platform, to bring new efficiencies to this and other key processes in our business.”

We are also very excited to have appointed two full-time associates from the University to pioneer the innovation. Cloudfm CIO, Steven Corbett, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Essex. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of our innovation programme; delivering a solution that enables our clients to run smarter, more energy efficient buildings. Through intelligent, connected devices our clients can reduce waste, improve financial sustainability and minimise their carbon footprint.”

The partnership supports Cloudfm’s ambitious IT development programme, in which we are investing £3m per year, and will see us realise our goal to provide the most proactive and efficient FM solution in the market.