Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Smart Building solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Building Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 274 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
PHYSEE – Smart Facades
Throughout the construction of a new building, it is vital to consider its possible interactions with the environment. As widespread glass building envelopes appear to be quite energy-consuming, new smart facades with their embedded sensing and condition regulation act in the form of a self-sustained smart infrastructure able to manage the comfort of its inhabitants. PHYSEE a startup from the Netherlands, produces SmartSkin, a solution that transforms buildings into sustainable ecosystems with the use of solar power. It aspires to lower energy consumption, increases convenience and generates electricity for houses by incorporating solar cells and weather sensors into facades as well as using its plug-and-play SmartWindows product. The latter applies a patented nanogrid technology to convert sun into sustainable electricity, optimize climate control and communicate user settings.
Scanalytics – Smart Flooring Analytics
Smart floor sensors, and analytics, placed in smart buildings, extract useful insights from people’s walking patterns. In particular, they help to predict attendance of various places in smart cities (incl. retail, medical, industrial or residential uses), identify regularities and get real-time updates. US-based Scanalytics aims at establishing intelligent environments by utilizing low-energy daisy-chained smart mats, both indoors and outdoors. This kind of smart flooring captures favored routes over chosen locations, indicates key areas and collects data (occupancy, abandonment and conversion rates, waiting time, traffic flow, etc.). Besides, these smart mats provide relevant heatmaps and analytics, primarily in consumer services.
Ventive – Smart Ventilation
Сonstant compromising between energy bills and air exchange in modern buildings induce the need for employing smart ventilation systems, capable of simultaneously reducing the house’s heat/cool demand, and maintaining a decent level of indoor air quality for both airtight and draughty homes. Ventilation in smart buildings employs various sensors to regulate airflow parameters, based on real-time information. Besides, smart ventilation also grounds on predictive maintenance so as to detect vent system faults in advance. UK-based Ventive produces a solution that uses nature-close passive ventilation with heat recovery (PVHR). The technology moves energy flows from exhaust air to fresh incoming air, while continuously adjusting to housing needs as well as enabling performance monitoring and proactive repairs.
Greenbeat – Smart Green Roofing
Another challenge for smart urban settings implies saving greeneries and biodiversity. As modern cities usually lack space, one of the solutions for solving both questions is planting trees and arranging gardens on the rooftops of urban buildings. Natural vegetation assists in runoff management, energy conservation, urban heat mitigation, roofing reinforcement, carbon sequestration, etc. Greenbeat from Oslo provides green roofing and urban agriculture solutions based on the continuous real-time monitoring and management of vegetation health conditions using Internet-of-Things, plant sensors, open weather data, actuators, predictive analytics, and simulation models.
Cityzenith – Digital Twin For Smart Buildings
The design and construction of smart buildings involve many documents, plans, and architectural drawings, which are not easy to store, maintain and visualize at the same time. Implementing digital twin technology to smart buildings opens the way to build an online dynamic replica of a building while ensuring more time- and cost-efficiency for management. Besides, the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning enables real-time monitoring of items as well as offers tools for their further optimization and predictive maintenance. US-based Cityzenith develops a platform, called Smart World Pro, in order to provide a comprehensive digital twin solution in the lifecycle management of smart buildings’ assets. The product stands out in terms of its features like natural-language search, multi-layer data operation, AI-driven cost analysis, and the all-in-one 3D informational dashboard.
What About The Other 269 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 274 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.