KLP Eiendom and Greenflow
KLP Eiendom and Greenflow join forces on well-being
Pension fund CRE company KLP Eiendom and IoT startup Greenflow have started a pilot project to measure air quality. The pilot is a part of KLP Eiendom's ambition to be a sustainable property company.
- We ask ourselves the question "How can we promote better health and well-being for the users of our buildings?" One of the answers is to work more proactively with the quality of the air they breathe, says Andreas L. Farberg, Head of User Experiences in KLP Eiendom.
In KLP's Oslo office, there are now sensors from Norwegian Airthings and American Airthinx, measuring temperature, humidity, and levels of radon; VOCs (volatile organic compounds); CO2; PM (particle matter), and formaldehyde.
- There is great potential in the use of sensors and data to improve life in buildings. We look forward to cooperating with KLP Eiendom to create a science-based tool that makes it easy to work systematically with air quality, says Carsten Lehbrink, CEO of Greenflow.
3D Tech-Company wec360 has received great feedback after their release of the Augmented Reality App in April 2018. The App gives you the opportunity to explore a real estate project or big city developments, in an AR-hologram through your own mobile or tablet (no AR-glasses needed). You adjust the size from an overview perspective and zoom in on the project, so you actually walk around in the project. Companies working with housing, commercial buildings and also several municipalities have shown great interest, and the first major project was delivered in January. The project is Tordenskiolds Hage in Trondheim and Real Estate Agent Pål Restad (DNB Eiendom Nybygg Trondheim) immediately saw the benefits of AR on this project, already in September.
“We are very pleased to be the first in the market in Norway with this technological innovation that AR is for home buyers. We are obviously excited about how the customers will accept and use the new solution, but we are quite sure that they will welcome it. We are very pleased with how the technique works and the opportunities it gives the customers to get a much better picture of how the project actually will be. One of the most difficult things about buying new construction is that you traditionally only have floor plans and illustrations. An AR model gives customers a completely different opportunity to explore the project.” said Pål Restad. wec360 has several projects in production for the future, for customers such as JM, Stor-Oslo Eiendom, and Fabritius.
“It is very interesting to see the good feedback our AR solution has received in recent months. Especially the opportunity to include animation such as buses, cars, people etc in the 3D model are effects that many appreciate”, says Vegard Westergård, Head of Sales Norway.
Imerso founder Frederico Valento nominated to Cityglød – talent of the year in Norway
Frederico Valente, Founder of Top Proptech Start-up, was nominated to the top real estate talent of the year at the largest real estate event in Norway, Citykonferansen with three other talents: https://www.facebook.com/766807216736436/videos/788826554786948/
Unloc is seizing a huge market opportunity in digital keys
Unloc, a platform for digital keys, just announced a milestone of 10.000 keys shared. Their team has grown from 3 to 9 during the past six months. Their mission is to digitize keys for all doors. Now, they are raising a seed round from existing investors, preparing for aggressive growth.
The real estate industry has identified that digital keys is a massive and rapidly growing market opportunity. Especially due to trends such as sharing economy, home services and home delivery. People and businesses want a simple and effective solution for sharing keys.
— Digitizing keys is inevitable. It will make life easier for everyone with a front door, says Kris Riise, Unloc founder CEO.
DNB Ventures & Unite Living
DNB Ventures invests in Unite Living
The residential rental platform, Unite Living, starts the new year with over one million dollars from DNB Ventures and Innovation Norway. The three-year-old company that digitizes and automates the residential rental cycles has already secured over 18,000 users and is valued at $6.9MM after the investment. Examples of customers are Krogsveen Boligutleie, M3 Utleie, and Sem & Johnsen Boligutleie.
“We like Unite Living and are fascinated by what they have achieved so far. The team at Unite Living has shown an incredible ability to deliver good and innovative services to their customers and we look forward to the next chapter! ”, says an engaged Ola Svalheim, DNB Ventures.
Renting a home is usually a manual process, which makes it time-consuming and risky. As of today, there is no easy way to rent and manage the rental process totally digitally. Landlords often use a combination of Excel sheets, accountants and/or large advanced accounting systems modified for rental purposes. This results in much redundant functionality as well as a terminology that is unknown to managers and landlords. Instead of modifying an existing accounting system, Unite Living has built a 100 percent cloud-based management system based on the needs of managers and brokers. It does not mean that the accounting part is down-prioritized, on the contrary, the system keeps the accounts fully automatic and becomes a digital accountant in the cloud. Unite Living can, therefore, be implemented by all types of customers regardless of which accounting system they use today.
“We have received very good feedback on the solutions we have delivered to the market and are looking forward to developing new solutions with DNB Ventures on the team. DNB does an incredibly good job within innovation, new customer-related services and has had great success with Vipps. Together we want to create the best customer experiences for the future and based on the process we have been through, I think this will be a very good match. ”, Says Christian Wierød, CEO and founder, Unite Living.
DNB has set aside $28.6MM for investments in start-up companies through DNB Ventures. DNB Ventures has a strategic facility and looks for companies that can contribute to delivering or contributing to delivering the next generation of customer experiences for DNB's customers, especially in the field of open banking, alternative loan financing, new technology and the platform area.
Solid technological foundation
“With a modular architecture developed in the best available technical platform, we are well equipped to deliver new and robust functionality several times a month to our customers. Our strength lies in our ability to innovate all the time and deliver simple solutions to complex issues for our partners, ”says Risul Islam, CTO and entrepreneur, Unite Living.
The company has included Kristian Svantorp, Head of Architecture in DNB on their board of directors as a result of DNB Ventures investing in the company. «Unite Living has a solid product and very good insight into their customers' needs. They have been able to use technology well to truly create value and simplify everyday life for their users. And not least they fill a gap in the market. I'm looking forward to being able to contribute, ”says Svantorp.
Unite Living has had international ambitions from day one. The company has in recent years built up a solid network in New York, London, and Scandinavia. The plan is to prepare the company for growth outside Norway's national borders during 2019.