- James Wilson
As another week comes to a close we look back at the achievements of the team and the plans for PDFx, Addressable and even this blog!
A week full of webinars, proof of concept handovers and resource planning has almost brought Q3 to a close. We can't wait to get Q4 started.
What's happened this week?
Datascience in Llanes
This week the datascience team met up in the picturesque region of Llanes, Spain. As well as sampling some exquiste local food, the team discussed a number of core elements as we look to accelerate development on both PDFx and Addressable in the coming weeks. The hit list for the meeting was;
- Improved training capabilities
- Improving and extending the utilisation of semantic recognition
- Improved table recognition & extraction for problematic tables
- Further improvements to OCR capabilities to get it to a production ready state.
Whilst the data scientists explored Llanes the rest of the development team stayed at home to discuss how we can quickly iterate the User Interface based on the feedback that we are receiving from clients. As anybody who has worked in tech will know, there comes a time when 'tech-debt' must be paid. This isn't a negative thing, infact its the complete opposite. The team have been releasing at such a cadence that we must now complete a retrospective to ensure that we are still alligned with our roadmap and that any future blockers can be removed before the team come face-to-face with them.
- For those like me that didn't know, it's pronounced Yanes not Lanes or Yanice.
PropTech embraces the UPRN
This week Dan Hughes hosted a Geospace Webinar titled UPRN - the golden key to unlock value in the property chain. A recording of the webinar should be available in the coming days. The tech team found it hugely insightful and also reassuring that the questions asked by the public are solvable via the use of Addressable as a framework to connect datasets.
A few of the team reached out to other attendees and speakers to discuss UPRN's further and we were blown away by the reception that we got not only to Addressable but also those that thanked us for releasing the PPSM data on a regular basis.
UPRN match rates
Following the webinar our Head of Data Dr. Lee Mollins produced a high level report on the UPRN match rate for OGL datasets using the Addressable framework as a backbone. Whilst not yet finalised B217 is already showing it's advantages.
Even more connections
Further connections have been made within the data - adding a new set of connections for not fully address matched records, this allows us to include them in all their possible contexts. At present, no matched addresses are included in street and postcode views. The new connections will be for building polygons, toids, land reg titles & estates.
- Included in the PropTech 100 landscape Proptech 100
- Alligned socials with the brand
- Confirmed facelift for the website with more content pages
- Finalised a number of PoC pieces of work for outstanding tenders
HARNESS listed in top 100 Proptech companies
We're delighted to announce that we have been included in the Proptech 100 2021 technology landscape. We have been listed alongside 99 other #Proptech companies. HARNESS was entered with 250 other companies and managed to make it into the top 100.
Grown-up market? While the total number of new proptech companies is decreasing, the number of venture deals and the total amount of proptech venture capital is increasing across Europe. As the proptech market is b2b-focused, it will be of essence to quickly land deals with leading real estate companies. As Covid-19 led to a freeze of external innovation projects, it will be interesting to watch if real estate incumbents will continue and strengthen their transformation journey with proptech companies.
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Alligning the brand
We have spent a little bit of time this week alligning the brand to ensure that the message being sent across all socials & articles is corresponding. You will notice that LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook have all received a makeover.
As well as updating the corporate accounts we are also encouraging staff to reach out and become active in the industry communities. We have produced the below banner for staff to update their personal accounts should they wish.
In other news
Whilst discussing Addressable in an internal meeting earlier. Our CEO, Edwin Groenendaal said;
"Whenever I see the full network that is ADDRESSABLE expand with a new dataset we've ingested, I think of one of my favourite scenes in JJ Abrams' Alias - where an excited Sydney explains to her CIA handler that with her inside information about SD-6, an elusive terrorist organisation, they can end it in one fell swoop - her face when she realises the full picture of what she's up against... priceless."
Algorithm Training improvements have been rolled out to the core extraction algorithms, these benefit the following datapoints
|Area Sq Ft||Investment Comparables (Table)||Rental Income (PA)|
|Area Sq M||Landlord & Tenant Act 1954||Service Charge (PA)|
|Capital Value (Per Sq Ft)||Lease Start date||Tenancy Schedule (Table)|
|Car Parking Spaces||Listed Space||Tenant Name|
|Completion date||Long Leasehold Start date||Title Number|
|Date of construction||Measurement Standard||Unit Count|
|Date of refurbishment||Planning Reference Number||Use Class|
|Grade of Space||Property Type||WAULT (Expiries)|
|Gross Income||Quoted sale price|
What's coming up
There are of UI enhancements that will be released next week. These enhancements will not be workflow impacting, but will instead just add the shine to the UI as a whole.
Build 217 will be released in the coming days. Our data scientists will analyse the data and prepare the upcomming PPSM data release.
We fancy a new look, what do you think?
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