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What Are The Top 15 PropTech Trends for 2019-2020?

It seems that everyday pundits are now predicting new tech trends – and the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate Technology sector (or PropTech) has its share of them. While it is easy to write a blog, it is not easy to ascertain what is truly a trend. Many of the prognostications are tactical as opposed to strategic, focused on one specific segment of the market (such as brokerage) and in many cases, have a viewpoint that is five years old or less. It is one thing to assert that a mobile phone will control the building – and quite another to actually make it happen.

The following are the 15 trends that were presented at the Realcomm | IBcon 2019 General Session on June 13th. This summary provides a glimpse into what we think will be the major issues, trends, ideas, concepts and technologies that will impact the built environment over the next 12-18 months.

(1) FUTURE PURPOSE OF SPACE – Brick & Mortar vs. Digital
Equally important as how we operate space is how we use it. Technology is changing how people use office, retail, lodging, multifamily and other types of Real Estate. Densification, adaptive re-use, flexibility, enhanced experiences and sustainability will continue to force change in our industry.

(2) SPACE AS A SERVICE, Coworking, Flexspace
WeWork, Industrious, Convene, CommonGround and others continue to reshape the densification, experience and business model of the office sector. As new business models emerge, old ones must adjust to align with this change.

(3) Digitally Enhanced OCCUPANT EXPERIENCE
We have all gotten used to hailing a ride, buying tickets, ordering food and otherwise managing our lives on our phone…so why not a building? Today's building occupants, whether it is work, retail or living environment, want to control lights, temperate, access and more from their phones.

(4) Real Estate Companies & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Mobility, the cloud and emerging technologies (such as AI, augmented reality, virtual assistant, digital twins and others), continue to force change on every industry, including Commercial and Corporate Real Estate. Efficiency, experience and enhanced insight are all goals driving digital transformation.

(5) ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE as a Foundation
Automated processes are interesting, but now more than ever, a cohesive plan that makes sure data is connected, integrated and interoperable is required to move things forward. The enterprise architecture – the plan and framework – is the foundation for digital transformation.

(6) IT, OT, IoT Smart Building, Everything Convergence
From building automation to connected buildings to IoT for the built environment, resource reduction, operations and occupant experience will continue to impact how we operate and use buildings. As systems and processes are refined, costs go down and experiences improve.

(7) Understanding the PROPTECH Investment Landscape
Billions have been invested since 2009, resulting in over 3,000 PropTech companies. It is critical for our industry to provide accurate research and analysis to better understand both the opportunities and risks of this investment landscape.

(8) Real Estate CYBERSECURITY Threat Landscape Increases
Many speculate that the weapon of choice in the future will be cyber. With the potential to breach information systems to taking down electrical grids, cities and buildings, the threat is real. Tarnishing of brand, inconvenience, loss of business and safety are all issues for building owners.

(9) Big DATA – Analytics, AI, Machine Learning
It started with ledger books, then to spreadsheets, onto business insights, advanced analytics and now, applying AI and machine learning to data sets. In the future, we will get more data from more sources – faster and advanced platforms will be making decisions for us.

(10) 5G, CBRS & Next Generation In-Building Wireless
This new expanded, faster, higher bandwidth communications infrastructure has the potential to be as effective inside buildings as outside. It will radically shift not only the behavior of the mobile warrior, but also how the building systems communicate with each other.

(11) EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Blockchain, AR
First hitting the Real Estate market a few years back while adoption is still slow, these paradigm shifting technologies permeate many Real Estate sectors. Once the first scalable case studies are made known, the rapid acceptance by the industry will begin.

(12) The Growing Tech SKILLS SHORTAGE
The world is getting more technical, yet not enough of our college graduates will have the skills needed to fill the growing demand. The Real Estate industry competes with many others for tech talent and Commercial Real Estate, specifically, will find it increasingly difficult to compete for skilled workers.

(13) Conflicting Global Trends Regarding PRIVACY
The line is clear: privacy or convenience. Some say privacy is already gone, while some say not so fast. GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California are opposing philosophies when compared to social credit scoring and mass surveillance in China. With sensors, microphones and cameras everywhere, the built environment is part of the debate.

(14) The Growing Prowess of CHINATECH
While recent headlines support this trend, this story has been developing for many years. ChinaTech will have specific and potentially major impacts on the Real Estate technology industry. 5G, network design, cyber and IP protection and tech competitiveness are a few of the touchpoints.

(15) Understanding the Big Potential Shifts in the NEXT NEXT
We are finally wrapping our arms around mobility and the cloud, enhanced by technologies such as AI and machine learning. However, even before we are done, someone very smart, who has been right before, says centralized is out and distributed is back. Really… we'll have to wait and see!

Jim Young, Co-Founder & CEO, Realcomm
Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.

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CORPORATE REAL ESTATE & Technology – The Importance of Developing a STRATEGY - 10/24/2019

The Corporate Real Estate industry has quickly gone from constantly resizing the corporate real estate portfolio based on the everchanging business needs of the corporation, to having to understand and deal with a myriad of issues relating to technology, automation and innovation. Not only do CRE professionals need to understand things such as IWMS, intelligent buildings, the smart workplace, AI, VR/AR and other emerging technologies, they also need to understand the fundamental shift on how we use space. Technology which is enabling mobility has shifted the landscape. This webinar will feature some of the most innovative professionals discussing the importance of developing a comprehensive Corporate Real Estate portfolio strategy around the concept of Digital Transformation.

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Jim Young Realcomm
Jim Young Co-Founder & CEO Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on techno
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Jim Young
Co-Founder & CEO
Realcomm
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Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.

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Chuck Niswonger NiceNets Consulting
Chuck Niswonger President Chuck Niswonger has over 30 years of successful leadership experience in technology-related roles that range from operating his own consulting company
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Chuck Niswonger
President
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Chuck Niswonger has over 30 years of successful leadership experience in technology-related roles that range from operating his own consulting company (www.nicenets.com) to directing the IT strategy of a real estate investment management firm to manufacturing and technology-enabled education. Chuck has also been the chair of the Realcomm Investment Management (IM) Advisory Council for the last ten years, managing content selection for the conference educational sessions, IM forums, workshops and webinars.

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Emmanuel Daniel Microsoft
Emmanuel Daniel Director, Applied Innovation & Incubation, Smart Buildings & Campuses Emmanuel Daniel is responsible for building and delivering the Digital Transformation strategy for campuses across Microsoft and leads a global multid
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Emmanuel Daniel
Director, Applied Innovation & Incubation, Smart Buildings & Campuses
Microsoft

Emmanuel Daniel is responsible for building and delivering the Digital Transformation strategy for campuses across Microsoft and leads a global multidisciplinary team of architects and experience designers. He builds experiences that merge technology with the built environment, leading to the formation of spaces that respond to the needs of its users. He is also accountable for identifying, building and implementing the next generation of products that will make smarter and sustainable buildings.

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Paul Maximuk Ford Land
Paul Maximuk Product Owner, Smart Building Technologies & Controls Paul Maximuk is the Product Owner as well as a technical SME at Ford Land, leading all BMS and controls integrations globally. He has over 30 years of
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Paul Maximuk
Product Owner, Smart Building Technologies & Controls
Ford Land
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Paul Maximuk is the Product Owner as well as a technical SME at Ford Land, leading all BMS and controls integrations globally. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry managing multiple types of energy systems and specializing in strategic smart building implementation and management. Paul’s expertise in the built environment spans real estate assets from large industrial facilities to Class A office buildings.

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Ronna Davis Commscope
Ronna Davis Strategy and Technology, Enterprise Building and Campus Ronna Davis has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 23 years. She has been with CommScope for over 13 years and has held positio
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Ronna Davis
Strategy and Technology, Enterprise Building and Campus
Commscope

Ronna Davis has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 23 years. She has been with CommScope for over 13 years and has held positions in sales, channel and product line management. She is currently on CommScope’s Strategy and Technology Team for Buildings and Campuses. Previous to CommScope she worked in the design and construction of telecommunications networks for eight years and in wholesale distribution for two years. She studied marketing and is a LEED Green Associate.

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Ron Victor IoTium
Ron Victor Founder & CEO Ron Victor is a Silicon Valley based technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and expertise launching new ventures at start-ups and fortune
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Ron Victor
Founder & CEO
IoTium

Ron Victor is a Silicon Valley based technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and expertise launching new ventures at start-ups and fortune 1000 technology companies. To-date he has enabled raising more than $30Million in start-up capital for multiple start-ups in silicon-valley. Ron has founded and led three companies to-date with successful exits. His latest venture is IoTium Inc. – a Silicon Valley start-up that provides a secure, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy software defined network infrastructure for all IoT verticals.

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Marc Petock Lynxspring
Marc Petock Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent/Smart Buildings and M2M movements pushing the industry forward and has contributed to transforming and ch
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Marc Petock
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Lynxspring
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Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent/Smart Buildings and M2M movements pushing the industry forward and has contributed to transforming and changing the Intelligent Buildings and M2M (now IoT) industries. As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Lynxspring Marc leads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives.

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Brent Boekestein Vintra
Brent Boekestein Founder and CEO Brent Boekestein is the CEO of Vintra, Inc., a leading video analytics company from Silicon Valley that uses artificial intelligence to transform any
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Brent Boekestein
Founder and CEO
Vintra

Brent Boekestein is the CEO of Vintra, Inc., a leading video analytics company from Silicon Valley that uses artificial intelligence to transform any video surveillance into actionable and tailored intelligence. Forward-thinking enterprises and public safety organizations like Sacramento City, NYC DOI, Sacramento County, and more use Vintra’s solutions to organize, analyze, and derive critical insights from overwhelming amounts of stored and live video.