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PropTech Is Changing the World: Smart Waste Bins, Parking and Glass

Article August 9, 2019  |  Text by Lucie Hrdličková Text by Lucie Hrdličková

We have picked six interesting startups that will help you to deal with new trends in (re)building your offices. They specialize in PropTech (property & technology) projects, which means that their solutions link innovations with real estate property.

Sensoneo

Sensoneo is now one of the most prominent PropTech startups, into which the Prague-based fund Credo Ventures invested as well. Last year, this Slovakia-based startup gradually acquired 30 million Czech Crowns. Sensoneo provides smart waste management solutions. In cooperation with several manufacturers, it develops smart waste bins that are able to monitor the amount of waste in containers and to order waste pickup based on the actual need. Sensoneo also has an application for people that will show them where to find the closest empty waste bin (of course, on the condition that they are connected to the Slovakian startup’s smart system). This year, Sensoneo succeeded in the finals of the prestigious competition PropTech Startup Europe Awards 2019 and was also voted on as one of the five most progressive “internet of things” firms in the poll organized by the Telekom Austria Group.

BePark

The Belgium-based startup BePark that has recently obtained 500,000 EUR from its investors provides a promising solution for large firms that do not have enough parking space for all of their employees (which nowadays is a majority of firms in big cities). Through an application or a web platform available to the entire firm, the management can manage parking and individual employees can request an available space or look up whether or not there is any space available on the given day. This service not only eliminates the morning chaos in parking garages but is also able to evaluate priorities in the system. Based on provided data, the system knows where people commute from and what transport options they have and can determine who is more entitled to a parking space on the given day. The startup has already launched its product in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.   

Sharry Europe

Sharry Europe, one of the most interesting local representatives of the newly created PropTech community, now operates on five European markets (it has customers in the CR, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania) and this year will open its US branch. The firm has developed a smart operating system Connected by Skanska that is preinstalled in all new office buildings of the Swedish developer in Central Europe. This year, Sharry introduced its software product Sharry Workplace that smartly interlinks different technologies in office buildings (smart dynamic parking, an autonomous reception for visitors, community applications, access through mobile phones and digital screens). After an investment from Bohemia Venture Capital, the firm is worth more than 100 million Czech Crowns. 

Sensorberg

This Berlin-based startup provides one of the most comprehensive solutions for “smart buildings.” It designs hardware accessories and software that make it possible to digitize and automate entire buildings. Sensorberg places control systems and digital lines inside buildings and connects them to an application in a smartphone or tablet, from which it is then possible to control the temperature, to book a meeting room or to unlock a cabinet or an entrance door.

Halio

This firm from Belgium is now one of the biggest suppliers of smart glass for homes and office buildings on three continents – in Europe, America and China. Its special windows can tint and darken, depending on the intensity of sunlight and light that changes throughout the day. This technology also helps to effectively regulate the temperature in buildings, which means that it saves energy from excessive air-conditioning or heating. Halio’s product is one of the most awarded solutions in world-wide PropTech Workplace and Home Solutions competitions.

Breeze Technologies

A breeze from Germany. Breeze Technologies is currently one of the most promising startups, according to the European Commission. Its founders point out the fact that air pollution and a range of harmful emissions in big cities lead to around 400,000 premature deaths every year. This is why the firm has developed high-end sensors that can gauge and immediately analyze air quality on the streets and inside buildings, using satellites and local sensors. The startup offers them to firms and cities. The cities can use such data e.g. as a recommendation for where to create green zones free of cars, while these data can help firms to better manage their work environment and to prevent different diseases of their employees.