(Construction) - Japanese telecommunication company SoftBank and architectural firm Nikken Sekkei will establish a joint venture on December 1 to work on smart buildings that evolve autonomously using data.
The company will support the construction of smart buildings and plan and provide applications and data integration platforms for smart buildings. Smart buildings that detect building conditions in real time, adjust facilities, and use robots for cleaning are positioned as "Autonomous Building," and the company aims to promote their widespread use.
Japan’s Softbank, Nikken Sekkei to jointly establish company to promote “Autonomous Building”
The new company is called SynapSpark. Its capital is 400 million yen. The investment ratio is 51% by Softbank and 49% by Nikken Sekkei. Mr. Shu Numata, a former SoftBank employee, will serve as president.
As a first step, Sekisui House and Nippon Life Insurance will build the autonomous building infrastructure at Akasaka Green Cross, a building under construction in Minato-ku, Tokyo. In the future, the company plans to support the transformation of Tokyu Land Corporation's two major building complexes into smart buildings.
At a press conference held in Tokyo on October 25, Nikken Sekkei President Atsushi Omatsu said, "We want to play a central role in the promotion of smart buildings.” Noting the importance of the transition to a decarbonized society, "We would like to take up the challenge of solving social issues by combining cutting-edge building equipment and digital knowledge to realize and popularize smart buildings,” said Mr. Omatsu. Junichi Miyakawa, President and CEO of SoftBank, commented, "We want to redefine the way buildings are built. This year, we want to take on the challenge of making buildings more valuable by storing and using their own data.” (2023/10/26)
The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan