Cities go digital to survive the new normal

During a recent webinar, leaders highlighted how online municipal services and platforms will be key amid the spread of COVID-19, particularly to eliminate the “barriers of communication” with residents.

Sensative take: A connected city is easier to manage remotely but digitalization should also be driven for everyday services, especially as residents are urged to self-isolate and many government employees working remotely.

What Tenants Really Want From Tenant Engagement Apps and Why It Matters to Real Estate Owners

Tenant engagement has recently taken the commercial real estate industry by storm, grabbing headlines, deploying customer pilots, and raising large amounts of capital to bring the tenant-landlord relationship to the 21st century. They seem to have caught on first with office buildings, places where tenants demand a lot of their surroundings and have had the least amount of control over historically. The story behind tenant engagement technology is quite inspirational: giving a way for tenants to communicate with their landlords, […]

Sensative take: adding new technologies should not be regarded as adding new features. New technologies can and will change your whole business, how your customers will perceive you and your product (building), and what they will be willing to pay for. It is about what your vision is as a company, not just developing new apps.

How IoT Is Taking Over the HVAC Industry

The HVAC industry has always been searching for a way to be more proactive. Failure in equipment, even the smallest component, can really hurt a building’s profitability so preventing problems is one of the most important jobs for any facilities manager. But, it seems like only recently has the industry turning the corner and becoming more predictive in remediating failing assets. Couple this with the fact that many HVAC contractors are adapting their services to provide a seamless customer experience […]

Sensative take: IoT means efficiency and cost reductions, both overall and in specific systems like HVAC equipment.

“Besides efficiency, there are plenty of marketing benefits for an IoT enabled building. In 2016, a survey was conducted by Wakefield Research that showed 86% of Millennials said that they would pay extra for properties set up with smart technologies. One of the big reasons for that is energy efficiency and environmental concerns. Smart devices, IoT, smart thermostats are not just providing savings for tenants, but also improving the overall eco-friendliness of multi-family facilities and also increasing tenant satisfaction.”

Data Governance And Smart Cities Are Helping Improve Quality Of Life In Japan

As more and more municipalities in Japan and overseas turn to smart city solutions to address social issues, the volume of data being generated by cameras and other kinds of sensors is seeing explosive growth.

Sensative take: An interesting Fiware use case, the open-source framework and standard for Smart Cities, that our Yggio is based on. The case shows the versatility of the platform where surveillance cameras are used as a safety tool for the citizens.

Data utvecklar Öresundskraft

För att erbjuda relevanta tjänster hanterar Öresundskraft stora mängder av både strukturerad och ostrukturerad data. Just nu utvecklar energibolaget tillsammans med Microsoft en plattform för all hantering och arbetar utifrån begreppet data som infrastruktur.

Sensatives kommentar: En spännande evolution pågår inom vår kund Öresundskraft. Ett moderniseringsarbete där man blir mer och mer data-drivna. Vår partner Atea och Öresundskraft jobbar tillsammans för att utveckla verksamheten och ta fram en helt ny och framtidssäker IT arkitektur. Till detta levererar Sensative Yggio som IoT-integrationslösning vilket passar väl in i den nya arkitekturen.

Creating a “Data Economy” in the Property Industry | Propmodo

Buildings themselves will start to become massive data creators, just like your computer or router. Starting from construction to demolition, buildings continuously create data. There are sensors that can monitor concrete (yes concrete) strength, temperature, and relative humidity. There are sensors available that can cost effectively measure heat, air quality, traffic, occupancy, you name it. This comes at a cost but it can answer important nagging questions for every building such as “which stairs and elevators are used most?” Or, “which pumps get overheated during peak times?”

Sensative take: The data economy is happening. Slowly and step by step. First, it’s the low hanging use cases like optimizing, automation and reducing cost. Then comes the innovations that exploit the value of the data in new services and business models that will transform the world as we know it. When should you jump on the train? Because it will soon leave the station.

PropTech 2020 the future of real estate

This report is the successor of the 2017 report PropTech 3.0: the Future of Real Estate, by The Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative at the Saïd Business School.

The report is almost like a whitepaper about our platform Yggio. Some highly interesting quotes:

p53:

“However, smart city solutions are plagued by a lack of digital infrastructure and a severe absence of sufficient national and regional government funding, at least in the US and UK. This poses a large question: do we want to out-source the development of city governance structures to tech providers (such as Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs in Toronto’s eastern waterfront) or other major corporations?” 
Sensative says NO, we are already supplying the alternative.

p61:

“The importance of data has been stressed throughout this report, in particular with regards to improved analytics using machine learning models and the resulting disruptive business models. Any true disruption to the commercial real estate industry will only come once there is the availability of standardized, accurate, real-time, digital data and whoever is the first to reach critical mass will hold a very powerful market position.”

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Citizens willing to share data for better services, report suggests

84 per cent said they are open to sharing their personally identifiable information and 41 per cent would be comfortable with it being shared between government agencies in exchange for more personalised customer service.

Sensative view:

This is good news for Smart Cities. As long as data is treated in accordance with privacy laws, like GDPR in the EU, the cities and citizens will make Smart Cities happen.

Why The IoT Will Save Our Natural Resources

The transition to intelligent information systems will be crucial as global environmental challenges accelerate. Deploying IoT solutions with LoRa-based sensors, together with edge network analytics, makes it possible to install intelligent sensor systems without requiring labor-intensive sensor battery replacements.

In general, deploying an IoT solution is usually complex. Currently, there are limited end-to-end solutions that are available as “out-of-the-box” solutions. Systems integrators are the proper companies to turn to for providing such end-to-end solutions and making sure the relevant back-end IT systems are integrated such that existing processes will benefit from the new IoT data captured from sensors.

Sensative take:

LoRaWAN is an extremely important IoT technology and it grows rapidly. But it will never be the only transport technology for data from “things” to services. There are all the G’s (2-3-4-5G), close-range IoT like Bluetooth, WiFi, Z-Wave, ZigBee. There are mesh technologies. And there are LoRa competitors like Sigfox and NB-IoT.

No one technology will replace the others, all available technologies will have their optimal use cases. The important thing is the data they generate and transport, that the data can be integrated into useful services, that can optimize and change the way we use resources.

That is why our Yggio IoT integration platform is so important.