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BMS for small buildings
Once reserved solely for supersized skyscrapers, energy management is downsizing — at least according to a number of industry leaders. Even as interest picks up, there are still many hurdles to greater adoption of BMS in the small building market. Many owners of small buildings are concerned about both the cost and complexity associated with BMS. Yet there are smart solutions available that can make it possible for any size of building and any type of owner to benefit from BMS.
Blockchain for real estate transparency
Of all the disruptive platforms and technologies discussed at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions this year, one in particular continues to attract a great deal of buzz: blockchain. Some experts suggest that the blockchain, which is effectively the machine behind the cyber currency bitcoin, could completely transform the way we pay for goods and services or exchange information. For those of us in the real estate business, that has potentially game-changing implications.
One of the most common customer feature requests we receive is asking for the ability to customize the colors on stacks and floor plans. This new feature is now live within RealAccess and rolled out to all users. You have the power to change colors to match your company branding, or to modify for the purposes of internal discussions and analysis. And as always – you can include everything from Rent and Lease Expirations to RSF directly on your stack. Print, email, or request an Excel export.
Smart city infrastructure
Should smart cities tailor the network to the use case, or choose one for an infrastructure backbone? Low-power, wide-area (LPWA) wireless technology has been accelerating in development and deployment over the last few years. The question now is whether it will stay in the lead, or get overtaken by competitors such as 5G and mesh. Today, municipalities are developing IoT strategies that don’t just address certain problem areas, but rather the entire infrastructure backbone.
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