As we previously explained in this previous article dedicated to the PropTech market, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has been exploring and using PropTechs that can have positive impacts on construction technology, property management and tenant management.
We previously presented the Deepki platform – in this article –, which is a solution that enables to monitor and optimise energy and fluids (power and water) consumption in the shopping centres through a dashboard showing specific data: Deepki has been deployed in the French assets in 2020 after 6 months of test in 2019. This solution is an illustration of how we can concretely create smarter buildings by analysing available data and in turn, be aligned with the goals set in the CSR Better Places 2030 strategy.
This year, among the 2021 Innovation Awards participants, we were pleased to see various PropTech projects carried out throughout the Group, that encompassed better management of our assets and added-value for our tenants.
360° unit monitoring in Aupark shopping centre, Slovakia
Aupark shopping centre has created a 360° virtual tour for the available units of the centre. This interactive technical image is very helpful for future tenants, it gives them the opportunity to collect all technical information and historic tracking of data (of former tenants) to monitor technical equipment and defects of the unit. Thus, it enables to simplify and facilitate the handover to new tenants when moving in. This solution was implemented for future retail units, as well as for technical rooms (boiler rooms, cooling rooms, etc.).
Energy Intelligence Platform in Spain
In 2020, Spain deployed a digitization tool called the “Energy Intelligence Platform” in order to reduce energy consumption, in line with the Better Places 2030 strategy goals. Similarly to the deployment of Deepki in France, the Energy Intelligence Platform offers a dashboard that enables data analysis in order to make more agile and efficient decisions. It is managed internally with the help of specialized energy enterprises. For instance, the platform allows to monitor energy (electricity, gas…) consumption, to analyse incidents (leaks…) to determine their origin. In 2020, thanks to this platform, the energy consumption (compared to 2019) decreased by 22%.
Following this project, Spain decided to go further in the deployment of energy-saving solutions by building 7 photovoltaic plants in each Spanish shopping centre to keep up with the Better Places 2030 strategy.
LoRaWAN wireless network in Confluence shopping centre, France
“LoRaWAN” is a communication protocol using the “LoRa” technology. It is an IoT solution used primarily for the purpose of “smart cities”. As part of the Deepki solution roll-out in all French shopping centres, the LoRaWAN project was launched to go further in the creation of “smart assets”. The purpose was to deploy sub metering equipment in the Confluence shopping centre, in Lyon, to collect data on energy consumption unit by unit thanks to sensors and then share them with the tenants in order to help them reduce their consumption.
Thanks to the coordination of different internal teams, URW was able to roll out the LoRaWAN network in Confluence, France, to collect water consumption rental unit by rental unit. The data collected was stored in a Data Hub and then sent to Deepki to produce reports. This has made the identification of local needs faster and easier, and following this first test, the LoRaWAN technology will be used in other assets in the future.
These projects are all in line with the Group’s Better Places 2030 strategy as they seek to optimise energy and fluid consumption in order to reduce the carbon footprint of shopping destinations. Besides, such projects can be an inspiration for other shopping centres as they could replicate such initiatives for their tenants.Julie Villet