Zurich-based startup HEGIAS has developed the world’s first browser-based, VR CMS for the construction and real estate industries. Having just passed $1 million in funding, the innovators expect to snag another $1.9 million by March of this year.
Virtual reality (VR) is now all the rage in proptech as the technology moves forward to be integrated into every facet of our lives. This latest innovation from the Swiss startup HEGIAS promises to transform parts of the real estate business, as can be seen in the video below.
Founded by Marty (Pam) Patrik, Tuan Nguyen and Andreas Schmeil in 2017, HEGIAS has now developed the world’s first browser-based, automated virtual reality content management system (CMS) for the industry. Filling a huge void where for architects, construction companies, homeowners, brokers, and interior designers, the new tech will streamline workflows and reduce overall miscommunication and mistakes in projects. Furthermore, the HEGIAS solutions are a world apart for cost-effectiveness, the company says their innovations are as much as 100 times cheaper than current high-end visualizations technologies for the industry. HEGIAS also says their solutions will be faster thanks to the automation aspects.
The developers are currently focusing tightly on the construction industry because of the high-quality 3D data is already available in this sector. This is a bright move since marketing of properties often begins long before projects are completed. So, the Swiss platform can help increase initial vacancy rates by showing unbelievable VR visualizations to clients. We spoke briefly about HEGIAS' upcoming releases with Pam Patrik, who added this assurance:
"HEGIAS will launch the world's first browser-based high-end virtual reality content management system by the end of March 2019. Our initial product offering will be focusing on the real estate market, planning industries, and architects."
According to the news, the funding is being used to complete the CMS for its international launch, and to promote further developments. HEGIAS 1.0 has been tested in pilot projects with customers like PS/Wincasa, Implenia, Swisscanto, and a specialised VR/CMS project for Shopfitting with Jegen AG.
HEGIAS is a member of SwissPropTech, and is advised by digital game change expert Adrian Wildenauer, Senior Construction Management Consultant at pom+, a leading business consultancy for real estate, construction, facility, portfolio and asset management in Europe.
In the days to come, we will try and interview Wildenauer or company CEO Marty (pam) Patrik.
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