A selection of the best uses of tech to be found at MIPIM this year.
The Swiss lift manufacturer has the biggest and best stand in the innovation forum boasting a circular movie screen, hologram-like animations of the latest products and even staff in natty outfits down to their box-fresh red Adidas training shoes. Schindler Ahead launches in the summer, the firm’s digital portfolio of smart mobility solutions based on IoT and machine learning for improved uptime, better insights and more convenience.
Photograph and scan your buildings at speed; capable of capturing 100,000 sq ft in one day. Track staff using Bluetooth ibeacons, useful for security if your building comes under threat, or accounting for people in an emergency. Geomap, based in Italy, works closely with Deutsche Telekom in Cologne, Germany to develop new products.
Use your device camera to recognise the building in front of you or read the name of the building and display information on the device. This nifty tool was used on the Japan stand. Seisho Sato, sales manager at NEC, said the image recognition can be displayed on any device – including AR glasses and iPads, as long as the building has been registered with the system. An all-too-rare example of proptech coming out of Japan, an under-represented market in the scene. Seisho Sato of NEC said this was because Japanese companies were not good at shouting about themselves globally.
Powerful image editing for agents. Add furniture to a photograph of an empty room for $24. Turn a bland pic of a house into a moody twilight shot for a couple of dollars. This Brisbane-founded four-year-old company uses freelance graphics editors around the world to turn around fast sharp images that help vendors sell their properties. The business is now focused on the US, where it is leading the debate on ethical standards for image editing.
From Japanese industrial group AGC, which combines its expertise in chemicals, electronics and glass, to produce dynamic windows that tint according to the light conditions or when the building manager decides. The tint takes three minutes to complete and happens evenly across the pane. Sensors can be added to the roof to monitor sunlight strength, or to door handles to tint to black when someone enters the room, a bathroom for instance.
M&A data room provider acquired for $1.6bn by private equity firm SS&C Technologies in November. Household names buy and sell using the Intralinks platform. When Amazon bought Whole Foods, for instance, it was on Intralinks. But, says Melanie Howells, director of EMEA marketing, the prize in property is greater still due to the volume of data involved in property assets, which means more fees. Big advisory firms such as JLL and CBRE are among Intralinks clients.
There is an impressive range of software from this established French company. Managing assets throughout the life cycle from construction project management to energy monitoring is dealt with by Resolving. Industrial developer Prologis uses Resolving for running its new generation of logistics hubs.
And finally, the exhibition stands
Touch screens proliferate across the exhibition halls and city pavilions of MIPIM. The combination of winning stats and beautiful imagery works perfectly. The Florida Realtors, part of the US cluster of stands, and the West London stand, powered by Deetu, in the vast London marquee are two of many examples.
MIPIM continues until Thursday.