Idun’s beginnings can be traced back to an idea sparked between a data scientist, an engineer, and a real estate company with a shared passion for making buildings smart. The real estate company was tired of compromising their smart building vision due to reliance on external providers. An alternative didn’t exist, so they decided to join forces and create it themselves. The key to leveraging the full potential of smart buildings—and making smart cities happen faster—they realized, is giving property owners control over their own data.
The result of this conversation was RealEstateCore, an open source semantic language developed in 2017 and sponsored by a consortium between Vasakronan AB, Akademiska Hus AB, Klipsk AB, Jönköping University, Rise AB and Willhem AB. Serving as a facilitator, RealEstateCore prepares buildings to interact with one another in the smart cities of the future. When property owners have access to this shared language, they are able to connect their buildings with new services and possibilities on a large scale—without having to worry about building or technology-specific implementation details and formats.