After successfully floating on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) last month, Urbanise.com - claimed to be the world's first cloud-based platform designed for delivering services to buildings - has officially launched in the UK.
The cloud-based platform was unveiled to the UK market at the FMP event, Whittlebury Hall, on 29 and 30 October.
Already well-established in Australia and the Middle East, and used to help manage the world's four tallest residential towers and other prestigious buildings and communities including Dubai's famous Palm Island and The Medini Iskandar Smart City in Malaysia, Urbanise.com intends to transform the UK's approach to buildings management and empower businesses to unlock nascent revenue streams.
Part-owned by US technology giant, Cisco Systems, and designed to connect building operators with their clients, suppliers and the people who live and work in the buildings, the software-as-a-service platform will enable the UK facilities management sector to:
• Coordinate service delivery, maintenance and support online.
• Access and procure building services using PC, smartphone or tablet devices.
• Empower suppliers to partner with building operators to offer additional services to building owners and occupants, via a unique e-commerce storefront or portal.
• Remotely monitor energy consumption to identify inefficiencies and track savings.
• Remotely monitor critical assets to minimise system outages and reduce downtime.
Urbanise.com's CEO, Ben Churchill, said: “The UK's FM market traditionally revolves around planned preventative maintenance schedules - it views buildings as bricks and mortar and often neglects the people who live, work and visit within it. The FM sector needs to be more focussed on customers and not their assets, ignoring customers means ignoring potential income opportunities. Urbanise.com bridges this gap and empowers building operators to very cost-effectively streamline operations, enhance asset and energy performance and, uniquely, provide building occupants with a platform to purchase services - from standard repair and maintenance to contents insurance, IT services and grounds keeping.”