CEO Dr. Franka Birke met the Hamburg Real Estate Industry at its Startup Pitch on 19.4.18. At the event, which was held for the 23rd time, industry experts discussed visionary real estate topics such as housing trends and neighbourhood developments. Franka presented METR at the Startup Pitch Session and won the 1st prize! We are delighted about this award and hope that it will not be long before apartment buildings in Hamburg can also be digitized with the help of our gateways.
Berlin-based companies kick off PropTech R&D Partnership, Bringing IoT Infrastructure to Tenement Housing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE degewo netzWerk GmbH, a subsidiary of Berlin's leading residential construction company degewo, and METR, a PropTech startup in the field of smart building automation, have entered into a 2-year research and development partnership for the development of a multifunctional gateway to enable the gradual and scalable digitalization of the housing industry. The partnership is considered to form an “IoT Backbone for the Berlin Housing Industry.” It includes the joint development of an IoT infrastructure for residential buildings, which enables housing construction companies to work across manufacturers and utilities – such as water, electricity and heating. The partners aim to provide solutions for the lack of IoT infrastructure in such buildings. Three smart building applications will be developed with submetering (the remote reading of heat and water consumption) as the first application. “Universal communication structures for the Internet of Things, conceived for residential buildings, represent a great need and at the same time an enormous challenge for the housing industry. As [...]
Franka stellte am 18. Februar METR auf der DTIM vor. DTIM ist eine Berliner Konferenz mit dem Titel "Innovation 4.0 in der Fertigungsindustrie". Die DTIM ist das größte Jahrestreffen der deutschsprachigen Innovationsgemeinschaft und die größte deutschsprachige Branchenveranstaltung zum Thema Strategische Innovation. Franka sprach in einer Pitch-Session für Startups, die von Dr. Bastian Halecker, Gründer von Nestim und Startup Tour Berlin, organisiert wurde und deren Mission es ist: "Let's execute by connecting the dots". Die Startups hatten 3 Minuten Zeit, ihre Geschäftsmodelle zu erläutern und haben viel gutes Feedback und Fragen erhalten. Lesen Sie hier eine ausführliche Q&A-Rekonstruktion der Startup Session.
On January 23rd, our CEO Dr. Franka Birke was invited to partake in the „25th Handelsblatt Jahrestagung Energiewirtschaft“, or the 25th Handelsblatt Annual Meeting on the Energy Sector. In a panel with Martin Herrmann (Vorstand Innogy SE) and Malte Kalkoffen (CEO READDY GmbH), Franka shared her perspective on how startups and corporates can collaborate more effectively to achieve innovative goals, despite differences in pace and culture. Foto copyright: Euroforum, taken from Facebook.
We are spearheading IoT solutions for the housing sector. Production of our M-Gate, a modern gateway to read heating consumption and report back data securely, is underway. Engineers Ravi and David are assembling M-Gates for our first customer, Berlin's largest housing company.
Kicking off the new year, we are happy to announce that Erna-Maria Trixl has joined METR’s advisory board. Erna-Maria Trixl has held senior management positions in the energy and telecom sector for more than 15 years. She was CSO and member of the executive board of Stadtwerke München, one of the largest municipal utilities in Germany. In that role she was directly responsible for the energy business, customer service, metering and billing and initiated and drove foreward the process of digital transformation in her area of responsibility. She is aware of the challenges utilities face, among other things, in creating new business, rolling out smart metering and securing business with the housing industry by means of cooperation and new services. It is a privilege that she contributes her expertise in these domains to METR.
In December 2017, after an extensive phase of lab testing, we started our first pilot project with one of Berlin’s leading housing companies with experience in both energy and digital infrastructure. For this pilot, METR provided an IoT gateway with higher data protection to the housing company. It was a notable success: our modern devices were installed in several complex buildings and worked perfectly to read heating consumption data and securely provide data back to the billing provider. Coupled with submetering, this innovation ultimately benefits residents with fair, more efficient billing. We are excited to have such a significant housing customer at this early stage of production!
We were shortlisted from among 74 startups to pitch at the prop-tech innovation competition entitled “Smart Up The City 2017”, held at Telefónica BASECAMP. The competition, organised by one of Berlin’s leading housing associations, degewo netzWerk GmbH, unveiled promising new business models and technologies in the areas of real estate management, energy supply, building automation, mobility and communication. There were two selection rounds: during the first round, 20 out of 74 startups were invited for a first pitch. Then 5 teams were selected for the second and final round; METR was among these finalists! Ulrich Jursch, Managing Director of degewo netzWerk GmbH, declared that the selected startups had distinguished themselves with their convincing approaches to solving existing problems for housing construction companies.