OVG Real Estate CEO Coen van Oostrom has today announced the launch of EDGE Technologies, a technology company that will develop and operate a new generation of buildings that actively contribute to the health of people and the world.
EDGE is launching a product that meticulously captures and aggregates data across its properties in order to optimize, measure and inform both the user experience and the building’s environmental performance. In doing so, EDGE will reinvent the modern workplace as a driver for wellbeing, sustainability and innovation.
Whereas parent company OVG is focussed exclusively on the development of its existing portfolio, EDGE Technologies will focus on both the development and the long-term operations of a new generation of buildings, ensuring a cohesive experience across cities. Each EDGE building will be built and operated on the same technology platform and offer consistent user-centred design, created to serve the needs of today’s fast-changing and demanding workforce.
Van Oostrom, the real estate technology pioneer who founded OVG, said: “We live in a fast-changing age of innovation and transformation – all driven by the technological changes of the 4th Industrial Revolution – yet the ones who can make change happen, the real estate industry, is largely stuck in the past.
“Buildings are the number one polluter in the world, contributing to around 40% of carbon emissions, so most people still find themselves living and working in unhealthy environments. We created EDGE Technologies because we know the built environment can and must be part of the solution. Through state-of-the-art technology and design, we’ve proved it’s possible. Already, we’ve begun collecting data that provides unparalleled insights into how people work – and we know that the buildings informed by these insights have the potential to do incredible things for our health, our productivity, our cities, and ultimately our planet. The world needs better buildings, and EDGE Technologies is ready to deliver them”
A highly integrated network
EDGE Technologies is a pioneer in implementing a highly integrated network of IoT devices, bridging building and tenant systems into a seamless experience. Data analytics and machine learning allows continuous improvements for energy performance, occupancy and user productivity. Cloud computing combines data and learning across EDGE developed buildings and caters for integration with smart city grids. All EDGE buildings will run on the same technology platform connecting people working, the application, and building management systems to a single interface cloud. Data can then be used to update components and add new features through upgrades throughout the lifespan of the building. It allows EDGE Technologies to learn from all systems such as those mentioned before of energy, occupancy, use and maintenance, keeping them optimized from actual data. The main aim is to use this data to improve a building’s performance on a large-scale.