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Context and Commercial Real Estate Part 4

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Networks. Mature Networks.

Networks of data that are specific to a structure like hvac, electrical, energy use.

Networks of data that are interconnected with other structures.

Networks of data that are generated by mobility.

Networks of data that are created by…..no no I can’t say it…..Social Media…..wow that hurt.

The networks that are out there may seem to be new fresh and disruptive but the reality is that they are maturing and getting more personal. What was seen as a fad or a time suck (angry birds) is now an an essential part of daily life and business.

People are now opting in to specific networks and actively participating based on their wants and needs.

More specifically to interact engage collaborate and flat out do some business.

The networks are worldwide and provide a perspective not imagined just a few short years ago.

Network Example:

Smart+Connected Communities Institute

The Smart+Connected Communities Institute–driven by Cisco–provides a central hub for city planners, developers, academic institutions, systems integrators and visionary leaders in which to collaborate on the issues involved in the (re)development of sustainable cities.

The success of the site depends on participation by a diverse community of interested and knowledgeable professionals. You are invited you to join and:

  • Create a profile on the site indicating your professional background and interests
  • Strike up or join discussions on topics of interest
  • Share relevant materials–upload or link to papers, articles, interviews, or other information to share with peers

Alliance Partners are a distinguished group who have demonstrated their significance to intelligent urbanization, have a global presence or niche expertise, and are committed to taking a more active role in producing content shared by the S+CC Institute. If your organization would like to engage with the S+CC Institute at deeper level, please contact us to discuss an alliance partnership.

Each area of the site–Urban Planning, Buildings and Infrastructure, Iconic Cities, and so on–offers discussion forums, expert blogs, videos and documents. Our goal is to share information and best practices about sustainable urban development and to stimulate connection and conversation between those involved in or thinking about network-enabled transformation of urban environments. Listen to webinars, review case studies, presentations, white papers and more and read the blogs!

Network Example:

Honest Buildings

Honest Buildings has created a profile for any building in the world with an address. This platform is the first place that connects occupants, service providers and owners to each other and the buildings where they live, work and spend their time. Type in an address, and the free service instantly finds information about any commercial or residential building in the U.S., including pictures, reviews, Honesty Ratings(TM), open and completed projects, and the people associated with that building, including service providers, managers and owners.

Anyone can use Honest Buildings to compare buildings based on size, location, type, Honesty Ratings, associated organizations, and the types of projects that have been completed, helping them to make better-informed decisions about real estate.

Projects can range from a new bathroom renovation to obtaining LEED certification for a new real estate development, and everything in between. During its private beta, Honest Buildings has already amassed over 50,000 projects representing over 10 billion square feet of buildings.

Building service providers, vendors, non-profits, trade associations and other organizations can create profiles to showcase their portfolio of projects, highlight their accomplishments, and network with colleagues and prospective clients.  These projects are also connected to the building profiles where they were completed, increasing an organization’s exposure and driving new business.

Each of these networks are great examples of niche networks that have thousands of people buildings data interaction collaboration discussions videos forums and on and on and on.

Which brings us to……

Context and Commercial Real Estate Part 5.

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