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Covivio's Symbiosis project in southern Milan

Covivio: Smart building and innovation

Coronavirus is amplifying demand for more flexible commercial real estate. In this context, technology allows us to do more with less. At Covivio, we rely on data to improve the ways we manage our own assets. Several IoT (internet of things) initiatives have been taken both for monitoring buildings consumptions as well as improving indoor air quality.
On the first topic, a real-time platform has been set-up to collect environmental and energy consumption data from buildings. Such an IoT infrastructure has been deployed in 20 different assets – residential, offices and hotels – in France, Italy and Germany. The overall architecture of the system is built upon multiple types of censors located in buildings technical infrastructures (HVAC systems), which communicate with a cloud infrastructure.
Regarding air quality, following a European’s initiative (Air Quality Challenge) launched in partnerships with EDF, another IoT infrastructure is about to be deployed in France and Italy, aiming to monitor carbon dioxide (CO²) and volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in offices’ private and public areas.
As one of the leading property company in Europe, Covivio is moving forward testing and adopting new technologies in order to improve the way we serve our clients.

MERLIN Properties launches 'Merlin Hub' Madrid Norte

The largest connected Business Hub in Europe with more than 327,000 m2 of interlinked office space; 33 buildings are connected physically, digitally and emotionally through experience, flexibility, sustainability, technology and mobility.
MERLIN HUB is served by an innovative Tenant Engagement App that provides users with a wide array of services enriching their working life, available by a simple click. The app functionalities include access control, restaurants booking, special discounts, flex space booking, etc. plus access to a Special Mobility Department offering real-time transport solutions via car-sharing and pooling, shuttle, public network, electric cars, bikes, taxis, Uber, Cabify, etc. with intelligent parking finding for private vehicles). The app is also conceived as a social community, sharing weekly events, activities and newsletters.
Some 30,000 clients of the company have access to this service at MERLIN HUB, with more than 2,000 subscribers since launching.
In addition, all buildings are being fitted with a centralised predictive maintenance system as part of the company´s ambitious 2017-2022 plan on sustainability, which has so far resulted in the certification of more than 80% of all MERLIN office buildings to LEED (Silver, Gold or Platinum) and BREEAM (Good, Very Good or Excellent) standards, with a pioneering agreement in Europe to adopt the US Wired Score (high connectivity) certifications.