Six Tech Startups to watch out for in Urban Planning

5 minute read
08 January 2019


Always got your eye on the latest startups to come out of Silicon Valley? We've done the groundwork for you and brought together six tech startups to keep an eye out for which may impact on urban and spatial planning across the world. These have been chosen due to their growth or novelty in illustrating the emerging PropTech (and PlanningTech?) scene.

1 - City Swipe

Name: City Swipe

Format: Website

Coverage: Santa Monica, California

Overview: CitySwipe is Downtown Santa Monica's opinion gathering web app. It manages the center of the city and is being used as part of the local government's consultation on its Downtown Community Plan. Users simply swipe left or right to approve or reject different questions/pictures. The plan provides proposals for the area's next 20 years of development.

2 - Orbital Witness

Name: Orbital Witness

Format: Web App

Coverage: United Kingdom

Overview: Orbital Witness provides data-driven legal risk identification for property transactions. The company applies space technology to the legal profession through harnessing the power of high-resolution, archived satellite imagery to provide a historical context to otherwise incomplete facts. This enables planning solicitors in the UK to visualise the planning and construction history of a property in a fast, easy way.

3 - Urban Intelligence

Name: Urban Intelligence

Format: Web App

Coverage: United Kingdom

Overview: Provides a curated guide to all relevant planning policy information for each local planning authority, allowing quick and easy navigation irrespective of a project's location. Features include an interactive mapping interface that links policy data with spatial data, allowing instant retrieval of relevant planning policy information on a map.

4 - Swiftera

Name: Swiftera

Format: Under Development

Coverage: Unknown

Overview: Captures highly updated aerial imagery to change the way the world sees itself. With high altitude platforms, Swiftera support the energy infrastructure, urban planning, insurance underwriting, business insights and construction of the future.

5 - Skycatch

Name: Skycatch

Format: Web App and Mobile App

Coverage: Global

Overview: Turn your drone data into maps and 3D models on demand, with a suite of tools designed to help you manage and utilise drone imagery quickly and easily. Easy-to-use drone mission planning app lets you plan and track data collection missions and upload for cloud data processing.

6 - Urbint

Name: Urbint

Format: Web App and Mobile App

Coverage: Global

Overview: Urbint ingests and graphs vast urban data sets, applying machine learning, and creating proprietary intelligence to gain a clear understanding of what's happening - so urban operators can make better decisions now and for the future. The result? Efficient infrastructure. Lower risk. And ultimately, more liveable cities.

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