12 finalists selected for Canary Wharf Tech City accelerator

Companies chosen for latest Cognicity Challenge will use smart city innovations to aid future development of the Group's estate

12 businesses have been selected as finalists in the Connected Home and Virtual Design & Construction streams of the Cognicity Challenge; Canary Wharf Group’s smart city accelerator.

The cohort, which includes temperature control system Heat Genius and solar panel furniture start-up Current Table, will participate in a 12 week programme at ‘High Growth Space:24’, Level39’s tech company incubator expansion space at One Canada Square.

The 12 finalists were specifically selected to address the future development of the Canary Wharf estate, including a new phase dealing with residential properties for the first time. Innovative virtual design and construction technology will be used for the first phase, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.

The programme will look to accelerate development of each finalist’s smart city innovation by giving the participants access to Canary Wharf executives, and will allow them to make useful contacts in the industry such as Intel and Innovate UK.

At the end of the programme the finalists will pitch their ideas to Canary Wharf Group executives and expert judges to compete for £50,000 and the chance to trial their technologies on the estate.

The six finalists selected for the Connected Home accelerator stream are:

  • Block Dox – an providing residential tenants’ with a wealth of services including contacting reception and arranging repairs.
  • Canary Control – cloud-based system that combines multiple sources of data to intelligently manage internal temperatures.
  • Current Table – a company that integrates solar panel technology with smart furniture.
  • Domcontrols – a platform that connects separate electronic devices throughout the home to allow the user to remotely monitor and control devices.
  • Heat Genius – a system that controls temperatures by learning occupancy patterns and adjusting temperatures accordingly.
  • Puckily – an system that allows users to control Internet of Things devices around the home from a single interface.

The six finalists for the Virtual Design & Construction accelerator stream are:

  • 3D Repo – technology that provides an open-source collaborative platform to connect various stakeholders in construction projects.
  • BaseStone – a system allowing workers to remotely share data from a construction site in real time.
  • CyberCity 3D, Inc. – a geospatial-modeling innovator specialising in the production of smart 3D building models.
  • iBISM – technology that creates a more connected planning process by integrating different communication protocols in the BMS sector to
  • Intelle Innovations – a platform that produces real-time, editable virtual environments, to support and inform the planning process.
  • Simudyne – a virtual decision-making platform to help developers during the planning process.

Launched in October last year, the Cognicity Challenge comprises six different accelerator streams. Solar energy company Polysolar and smart logistics company Voyage Control were announced as winners of the first two streams this month, winning £50,000 each and the opportunity to pilot their technologies at Canary Wharf.

Eric Van der Kleij, head of Level39 and managing director of ENTIQ, said: “The Cognicity Challenge offers these innovative companies a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of their future city technologies and pilot them within the Canary Wharf estate, helping take smart, sustainable cities from concept to reality whilst offering Canary Wharf Group a procurement methodology and pipeline that de-risks the uptake of innovation, both in the existing buildings and the new phase of the estate.”

Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of the Canary Wharf Group, explained: “Canary Wharf has already made an enormous contribution towards securing London’s position at the centre of the business world.

“The Cognicity initiative is helping us write the next chapter of this story, by not only focusing on retrofitting the existing built environment but also imagining and implementing future commercial and residential space using innovative technologies. In so doing we will help London retain its position as a leading global city.”

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