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Katy Redmond: A Tech Leader Peels Off the Layers of Bringing New Tech Into the Workspace

Katy Redmond, National Director of Technology Solutions at JLL sits down with the Real Estate Tech Guys to chat about why real estate is traditionally the last business unit to enter the technology sector, what she sees as the next big thing in CRE tech, and what she forecasts for the future.

Real estate’s interest in technology is still growing, although commercial real estate companies are slow to adopt new tech. One of the biggest technology advances she sees for CRE in the future is 5G. The smart building, she says, will become even more exciting with the entrance of 5G and how it will transform the industry even in just the next twelve months.

Katy believes the smartphone has become ubiquitous and it is a central point of connection. She thinks the next step is to unbundle this physically since keeping them charged and connected is one of the biggest obstacles faced.

Find out what Katy sees with her clients and what she sees as successful when it comes to mobile devices. What does she see as coming next with mobile phones? How do we redirect the focus when it is so easy to be distracted by our mobile devices? How will augmented reality come into play in order to ease the friction that mobile devices cause productivity?

 

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Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings talks about what it means to be a Building Whisperer

In this episode, Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings talks to the Real Estate Tech Guys about what it means to be a Building Whisperer.

According to Ken, a building whisperer needs to understand the purpose, the reason, the culture of the building, and then make the building adapt to that. Buildings have become more hotels, the workforce has become more inhabitants than occupants. An added wrinkle is that people are sharing space more, which adds to the complexity. No longer is there one client. Now there may be multiple clients in a single space. We have to follow the software vision and figure out how buildings interact with people. The humanistic value proposition in building is the only value proposition going now because the workforce no longer wants to sit at cubicle. They are free spirited and remote.

Digital mindfulness is another emerging concept. The blizzard of information that daily falls on us both overwhelms and frustrates us. Sometimes this is called “attention hijacking,” when we are diverted from a focused thought through the constant availability of information. Instead of making us more productive, it actually reduces our productivity. Even still, there are some experiences in our digital lives that we like and we cherish those. Finding the balance in all of this is the key and we need apps that interact with us.

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Episode 4: A Conversation with Nick Rancis on the Fraunhofer Institute

In this episode, The Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Nick Rancis to learn about the Fraunhofer Institute in Boston. Nick works for Tech Bridge, a program at Fraunhofer which helps startups de-risk, validate, demonstrate and pilot technologies in a real-world setting. Getting from the inception stage to implementation is very challenging for any new technology. Tech Bridge helps startups integrate best practices for both customers and investors.

Nick also tells the Tech Guys what technologies he’s looking at as game changers in the corporate real estate space.

He shares his insights about the future of the market. Will bigger companies control it or will startups reshape the space entirely? He gives more detail on how he thinks companies can take advantage of all of the new ways to store energy.

For more information about the Fraunhofer Institute, visit their site. Meanwhile, watch the video to hear more about how they are spearheading technology research and solar power data from the insider himself – Nick Rancis, a Real Estate Tech Guru.

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Episode 2: Michael Beckerman on AI and CRE Tech

In our latest episode, the Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Michael Beckerman, CEO of CRETech to discuss AI, WeWork, self-driving cars, and how these things can impact commercial real estate.

Everything is accelerating in commercial real estate technology. There has never been so much progress, traction and investment in technology for commercial real estate than in today’s world. There are plenty of great products and solutions that are making tenants’, landlords’ and corporations’ lives better.

The biggest trend that Michael sees is within buildings. WeWork is creating an experience for people in the workplace and AI and self-driving vehicles are coming into play as well. He believes WeWork is a true game changer; that AI is transforming commercial real estate; and that voice will be the next great platform.

“Voice is going to be a pivotal thing with how people communicate maintenance requests, conference rooms, and how they communicate property management issues,” says Michael. Even in everyday life, for example, if you talk about something, an ad will likely pop up the next day relating to what you were talking about. It’s tailored to your needs.

We also look at how CrowdComfort is gathering occupant data that hasn’t being gathered in meaningful ways before, and how this helps property owners and landlords better understand their tenants and what their tenants need.

Take a deep dive into what the future of commercial real estate will look like with AI, WeWork, and self-driving cars with input from Michael Beckerman.

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