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WBT Interviews... Stephen Verhoeff President and CEO CSI Wireless A Canadian's passion for technology leads to a new generation of GPS-wireless products for improved communications throughout the Americas. WBT: I understand your entry into the wireless space was from real estate. Isn't that rather unusual? SV: I graduated from the University of Calgary in 1986 and thought it would be fun to get involved in commercial real estate. Back then Calgary's real estate market was heavily dependent on crude oil prices, because the Alberta economy was made up primarily of petroleum producers, refiners, marketers, and service companies. Every time crude prices slumped, so did Alberta real estate prices. After a while, I saw a trend: technology companies were starting up - some led by former oil industry personnel - and gradually reducing Alberta's economic dependence on petrole... (more)

SAP Puts Money in Alteryx

SAP's Venture Fund has tucked $6 million in A Series money into so-called geographic business intelligence software developer Alteryx Inc to support its infrastructure build-out, go-to-market execution and possible acquisitions. Alteryx targets Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the automotive, retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, cable, manufacturing and finance industries as well as government and university customers. Its technology is delivered in desktop, server and public/private cloud computing environments. The 14-year-old California company claims a... (more)

Austin Area Commercial Real Estate Portal Launched

The Austin Business Journal and Xceligent today announced the launch of Austin bizspace, a powerful new commercial real estate site for brokers, owners and related professionals to market services and assets to Austin area decision makers. Traditionally, the marketing of commercial real estate services and properties has largely been through print-based media. Now, via the Austin Business Journal website with nearly 300,000 monthly page views, Austin bizspace will deliver a comprehensive online vehicle for commercial real estate professionals to target local and national busines... (more)

Commercial Real Estate Goes Wireless

By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real-estate owners can achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties. Whoever said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," didn't know much about commercial real estate. The process ain't broke. It works, but it's clunky. For example, most commercial real estate service requests involve a handwritten/phone/fax method for initiating and responding to service requests. But the inefficiencies - brought on by poor communications and way too much paperwo... (more)

Intelligent Infrastructure: Clouds for Commercial Real Estate

If they plan to remain viable in today's markets, now is the time for real estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities in their commercial properties. How do we prop up our dying shopping center? How do we develop and maintain more business for our stadium? How do we raise our commercial properties' occupancy from 45% to 85%? These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations. Many executives are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working. I... (more)

Wi-Fi, DAS and Entertainment Complexes

The combination of Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antennae Systems) communications technology is becoming a new intelligent amenity in many sports stadiums for enhancing the fan experience by having apps like Stadium VIP and others providing new services available at your fingertips through your Smartphone. Just as we have next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) and Intelligent Industrial Parks being developed and occupied worldwide, another segment of commercial real estate is starting to evolve to its next generation utilizing intelligent amenities: the Intelligent ... (more)