The Data issue

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

Our world is driven by data. From Google using your search history to return better results, to the complex financial transactions that are protected via blockchain, it shapes, governs and influences every corner of our lives.

And with 70% of the world’s wealth tied up in real estate, no sector is poised to reap the benefits of the rapidly evolving role of data and technology more than the built environment. For this, data-themed issue of Modus, we take a closer look at the transformative effect its various applications are having on the industry.

In this issue:

  • Superfast broadband has transformed the fortunes of businesses in the US city of Chattanooga. We examine the net gains that landlords and occupiers could make by investing in the connectivity of their own real estae.
  • What does the “big data” workplace look like? We speak to facilities managers and experts in the field of office automation about the potential of this technology, and how it is already changing the way we work.
  • Since taking off in the world of gaming, virtual and augmented is swiftly moving into the mainstream. We investigate how the technology is already revolutionising every stage of the construction process.
  • Data centres are some of the most secure and secretive buildings on the planet. We ask the professionals who are responsible for them what creates a successful facility, and what does it take to keep them safe?

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