The Idea

Dominated for many years by a monopoly of software companies promoting proprietary, incumbent technologies while incrementally add-servicing customers without driving real value, the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) industries are ripe for disruption.

Lines drawn in the sand by the big AEC and GIS players (ESRI, Autodesk, Dassault, Bentley and so forth) have left architects, engineers, and planners the world over with a pile of expert tools that do not interoperate with each other and are difficult to use.

This in turn, impedes project workflow efficiency, access to information, and analysis and reporting. The incumbents benefit from perpetuating these inefficiencies at the expense of the user. The AEC industry today is like the taxi cab industry of the last decade and it needs an Uber. Cityzenith believes they could be that Uber.

With the help of the creator of Google Earth, Cityzenith designed its award-winning Smart World software platform to put its stake down in the middle of the fragmented AEC/CAD/GIS/Smart City/IoT ecosystem as the “super glue” that pulls it all together in one place.

Cityzenith’s platform reduces (and in some cases, eliminates) dependency on legacy desktop tools while providing unfettered access to newer, better open tools everywhere.

Unlike existing AEC and GIS solutions, Smart World is incredibly intuitive and easy-to-use, web-based, and open.

The media is calling Cityzenith “SimCity for Real Cities” and “Minecraft for Architects”. Users drag and drop their 3D BIM project models into Cityzenith’s content-rich 3D city model environments right in their own web browsers, and can find any data, run any analysis, and collaborate with any team members anywhere in the world in real-time.

Cityzenith’s pivot away from exclusively signing up cities to its platform has been a game-changer for the company.

Their 6-month Beta Program attracted many of the largest AEC firms in the world, many of whom are now becoming customers—Aecom (94,000), WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff (34,000), SOM (2,000), HOK (4,000), Gensler (5,000), Surbana Jurong (5,000), and W.S. Atkins (18,000) to name several.

Users range from CRE (Corporate Real Estate) large property owners to security companies and AEC’s (Architecture and Engineering Consultancies) who can aggregate, manage, and use their data within an interactive, intuitive, and real-time 3D interface, which can be used by anyone from the corporate investor, through to the engineer performing maintenance in the field. Users point, click, tap, and swipe their way to the information they need in real-time. — Open Data, IoT device data, building management systems, 3D BIM data, CCTV feeds — Data can be accessed with as much training as it takes a traveller to use Google Maps. The platform brings the simplification of the complex building information data world to that of the ordinary PC or mobile phone user.

Major enterprise customer segments include: Corporate Real Estate (CRE), Architecture/Engineering / Construction (AEC), Master Development Firms, and Consulting Organizations. There are already active projects with major AEC firms as well as technology industry players including Microsoft, Accenture and Cisco.

Customers feedback has been excellent, with some starting to buy the product directly out of the Beta.

In the meantime, the Cities are still engaging with Cityzenith, which is now providing their tool to them for free, as a massive city data scoop. Cities don’t pay Cityzenith with cash, but they do pay them with their data. Cityzenith curates, makes sense of, and monetises that data for consumption by the cash-rich, fast-moving global AEC sector.

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The Market

The urban environment is undergoing rapid growth; Smart Cities are emerging in both the developed and developing world as the global population becomes increasingly urban in nature. People are migrating to cities in unprecedented numbers, creating significant demand globally for advanced technologies to help better manage that rapid growth. Analysts predict that this market will globally reach $1.5 trillion in 2020 (Frost & Sullivan). The Internet of Things-related market alone reached $265 billion worldwide in 2014. More than 50% of the world’s population currently lives in cities and that percentage is expected to reach 70% by 2045 (World Bank).

There are now more than 11,000 active smart city projects in the world today. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in China, where migration from the countryside has helped expand the urban population by 500 million — the biggest movement of humanity the planet has seen in such a short time. The result of this urban growth is not just that China has many large cities — more than 100 of them have more than a million people — but that some are supersized. At the end of last year, the government at last acknowledged the special nature of these, introducing the term "megacity".

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the Numbers

Target: £2,499,999 Raised so far: £ 1,900,381.59 Investors: 35
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Registered number: 8644630 Incorporation date: 1 January 2011
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