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 urban planning startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Urban Planning 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 191 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Atmos UAV – Drone-Powered Land Surveying
Due to a relatively low degree of accuracy, traditional 2D land surveys are an outdated solution for planning smart cities. High-quality surveying nowadays requires the use of 3D models and advanced scanning techniques, often backed by drones. Dutch startup Atmos UAV develops Marlyn, a vertical take-off and landing drone, aimed at achieving higher surveying and operational efficiency. The solution is capable of deploying precise 3D images within hours, ensuring high wind resistance, without the need for ground control points (GCPs).
Urbanetic – 5D Building Information Modeling
The fast pace of urbanization in smart cities necessitates not only 3D mapping for better planning but also an intelligent сombination with timing and cost scenarios (making a 5D concept). Based on digital representation and analytics of 5 dimensions, city planners receive a better understanding of how and where an urban landscape should develop further. Urbanetic from Singapore creates a dynamic urban planning platform, named Fabric, to simplify the process of the smart city development lifecycle. This data management product comprises 5D modeling with outcome-driven analytics, focused on the simulation of current and future scenarios by testing, parameterization, and visualization. The company has already started renovating Australia’s Melbourne and creating India’s first greenfield smart city.
ONHYS – Pedestrian Flow Simulation
As urban design is becoming more human-centric, city decision-makers have to obtain reliable data on pedestrians’ behavioral patterns. 3D technology, enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI) assists in replicating the flows of people in the city so as to regulate busy areas, prevent hazards, plan emergency measures and receive more insights about city vibes. The French company ONHYS offers a multimodal solution for the realistic mimicking of crowd movements and reactions in different settings: pedestrian mobility, urban redevelopment, security, pathways planning, maximum capacity tests, etc. The product grounds on the implementation of AI and cognitive algorithms to create a working model of a virtual human.
Swiftly – Predictive Analytics For Transit Planning
Due to the growing importance of transportation safety and convenience in smart cities, the role of predictive analytics in public transit increases day by day. It empowers smart communities in terms of arranging routes, forecasting/reducing transport bottlenecks and delays, overseeing traffic congestions, taking preventive measures in advance and, as a result, boosting overall user satisfaction. US-based Swiftly organizes real-time transit data in smart urban environments, creates intuitive visualizations of speed maps, compares actual and scheduled runtimes, finds slowdowns. The main idea of the startup relies on predictive on-time performance thereby enhancing the reliability of public transit systems.
Place Score – Urban Places Experience Measurement
When undertaking urban planning efforts, city authorities always have to receive feedback from citizens. Smart personalized surveys and data integration intend to capture community opinions regarding city attractiveness as well as potential improvements and further planning activities. Australia-based Place Score develops a “place census” tool, named Factor, to engage citizens and determine main physical, economic, social and cultural peculiarities that people value in a particular place or a city. Besides, the startup also introduced PX Assessment, a liveability measurement tool to capture place experience, comment on changes and let any person make an input to community development.
What About The Other 186 Urban Planning Startups?
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 191 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.