PropTech Insights – Week 5, 2017

Our goal is ‘reinventing the future of property’. To support that goal, we share! We have made a selection from various (Dutch and English) news sources, which we find it worthwhile to share this with you. Have fun reading!

Smart cities: Niet de technologie maar de mensen

Smart cities staan de laatste jaren sterk in de belangstelling. In veel gemeenten groeit de overtuiging dat met de hulp van digitale technologie tal van problemen kunnen worden opgelost. Of het nu gaat om het beperken van de parkeerdrukte in de binnenstad, het terugdringen van onveiligheid in uitgaansgebieden of intelligente straatverlichting die energiebesparing oplevert zonder dat de verkeersveiligheid in het geding komt. [Lees meer]

A smart home is where the bot is

Within a decade, our living spaces will be enhanced by a host of new devices and technologies, performing a range of household functions and redefining what it means to feel at home. The promise of devices that not only meet our household needs but anticipate them as well has been around for decades. To date, that promise remains largely unfulfilled. [Read more]

PropTech’s Third Wave on Display at MetaProp NYC Demo Day

For six real estate technology startups, yesterday was a significant marker on their roadmap. On the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, real estate technology accelerator MetaPropNY introduced their latest graduates to a standing-room-only crowd of media, real estate executives and investors. [Read more]

Tinder for cities: how tech is making urban planning more inclusive

Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive. Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? [Read more]

Energy is the new new internet

If you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in energy, you should. We’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: There’s massive economic opportunity ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead. This time it’s the “enernet,” not the internet, that will transform our lives. The story is the same, though the players have changed. [Read more]

Smart buildings predict when critical systems are about to fail

Imagine a building that tells you – before it happens – that the heating is about to fail. Some companies are using machine learning to do just that. It’s called predictive maintenance. Software firm CGnal, based in Milan, Italy, recently analysed a year’s worth of data from the heating and ventilation units in an Italian hospital. Sensors are now commonly built into heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, and the team had records such as temperature, humidity and electricity use, relating to appliances in operating theatres and first aid rooms as well as corridors. [Read more]

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