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OVG REAL ESTATE, creator of the Edge in Amsterdam, is to develop new generation of Smart Buildings



The team behind the development of what is described as the world’s most sustainable building – The Edge in Amsterdam – has announced the launch of a real estate technology company. Called EDGE Technologies, and launched by OVG Real Estate CEO Coen van Oostrom, the idea is to focus on creating a new generation of buildings which feature the latest innovations in sustainability and wellbeing. And as Workplace Insight reports, EDGE Technologies will focus on both the development and the long-term operations of this new generation of buildings, aiming for 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.

Coen Van Oostrom comments: “We live in a fast-changing age of innovation and transformation – all driven by the technological changes of the 4thIndustrial 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 percent 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”.

EDGE explains that the building is based on a digital infrastructure that connects everything and everyone within its walls to a single cloud platform. A smartphone app lets users personalise their workplace, with the possibility to customise the lighting and temperature, continuously measuring noise levels and air quality to inform choices. This same technology also lets users access the building, quickly locate their colleagues, and find available meeting rooms or workplaces. The sophisticated digital infrastructure is flexible, making it future-proof. Extra services can be easily added to meet the changing needs of tenants and users. This enables EDGE Olympic to continuously update its system to contribute to user comfort, productivity and creativity.
Tim Harrup
06-03-2018


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