Geo-tagging will allow a developer to take a picture of a building on their phone and find out the details of all those who collaborated on it
A new property tech start-up is aiming to make it much easier for property developers and corporations to connect with construction and design professionals.
Industry Hub allows all of those involved in providing services to the property and construction industry to set up profile pages to showcase their work and talents. This data is then used to power IndustryHub’s Discovery tool, which allows developers to search using a wide range of criteria such as project type, a past client or niche skills.
“It takes decades to build up the kind of network which would enable you to find out who has worked on a building project and even then connecting with the right people can be a challenge,” said IndustryHub founder, Savannah de Savary. “We’ve already been approached by someone who has a huge acreage in London to develop a smart city and is looking for consultants who can help build the future.”
The site will be officially launched in January 2017. It already features some 49,000 images but expects this to quadruple by launch.
Speaking to SmartCitiesWorld, de Savary explained that every project is being geo-tagged for a feature that will be launched later next year. “It will mean that, ultimately, someone can walk down a street, see a building they like, take a picture of it or key in the address on their phone, and find out the details of everyone who has collaborated on it,” she said. ”London Zone 1 will be the test-bed for this but it’s a killer feature, so we’re not going to release it until it’s ready.”
In the meantime, consultants, architects, engineers designers and others from around the world are joining IndustryHub and in the longer term it is also targeting the emerging markets. “In the growing markets, some Western developers have no idea who to collaborate with, or who has the local connections or how they can manage the red tape in that particular country,” says de Savary. “So being able to easily find out who’s done work there before, how you get things done and who has the credibility is crucial.”
IndustryHub is already attracting many big names in its profile pages but de Savary said it is keen to feature SMEs, start-ups and individuals on the site as well. “Obviously it’s great to get the starchitects and big engineering players but we want all sorts of firms and want to attract far-thinking people who are involved in innovation,” she says. “Essentially, we want to be a hub for developers and investors to find creative and innovative projects and be able to connect with the people behind them.”
IndustryHub is a cohort in the latest accelerator programme from Europe’s first proptech-focused venture capital company, Property Innovation Labs (Pi Labs).