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Block maintenance gets a lift

WeMaintain, the tech company that is making its name in high-tech lift maintenance and support, has turned its attention to fire alarms with the acquisition of Shokly.

WeMaintain was launched to address the most critical area of building operations – lift maintenance, tackling the issues of low quality of service, poor treatment of engineers and lack of innovation. The acquisition of fire alarm maintenance specialist, Shokly, is its next step in broadening its remit and service offering to block managers.

WeMaintain’s model entails giving engineers and those on the ground autonomy and sophisticated technology, so they can work towards creating the best user experience. They also deploy IoT ((Internet of Things) sensors on key equipment. Their business model has been praised by customers in Paris and London, who are given real-time data and information on their buildings, previously unavailable to them

Shokly’s approach has been shown to be similarly inventive and ambitious. With Shokly, fire alarm system maintenance is automated and more reliable thanks to a module that connects the central unit with the mobile app used by the engineers.

At the same time, Shokly has also developed IoT sensors for the day-to-day management of fire alarm systems. This lets customers monitor their equipment, and potential malfunctions, remotely and in real time.

This acquisition creates multiple synergies such as the implementation of a data resources. Data is gathered in real time thanks to the additional IoT sensors deployed in buildings and in the field, with data collected via the engineers’ mobile applications. On the customer side, managers and building owners will benefit from information that provides much more detailed knowledge of their buildings.

WeMaintain and Shokly have both started from their field expertise in order to identify and collect adequate data, provide a high quality service and enable a broader long term data strategy.”

Benoit Dupont, CEO and co-founder of WeMaintain, said Shokly was a ‘natural partner’ for WeMaintain. “Most Proptech players tackle the problem from the wrong side: first they conceive a data platform, before coping with data collection, and finally consider analysis of this data.

”WeMaintain and Shokly have both started from their field expertise in order to identify and collect adequate data, provide a high quality service and enable a broader long term data strategy.

”Just like WeMaintain can deploy its IoT solution on all types of lifts, Shokly can install its solution on all brands and models of fire alarm systems.”

Olivier Comets, founder of Shokly, said, “The founding teams of both our companies are aligned: we share values and an ambition to transform the space in which we operate.

“The historic approach to building operations does not serve customers and this has real consequences. Over 70 percent of companies that have a fire in one of their buildings close down in the following months.

“We look forward to becoming a building operation provider that fully leverages people, tech and data. We want to raise the bar in our industry.

“We can provide customers with a single point of contact that can take care of their building maintenance needs and one dashboard to access all the data and insight we extract from their buildings.”

WeMaintain, which launched in London last year, is driving the trend towards smart buildings by working to create a better relationship between the built environment and its occupants.

WeMaintain puts quality back at the heart of the lift maintenance market, enabling managers to optimise their assets and the experience offered to


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