Arie launched WiredScore with the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg and the support of leaders in real estate and technology. The goal? To improve New York’s CRE tech infrastructure, and support entrepreneurs in driving technological innovation, creating more job opportunities and advancing the economy.
Just two years later, WiredScore won the Greater London Authority’s tender to be the official Mayor of London’s Digital Connectivity Rating Scheme, launching the company straight into the heart of UK real estate. This also marked the moment William Newton joined the team, now WiredScore’s President and Managing Director.
With a firm footing in the US and UK, WiredScore continued to expand in North America, and we made our first steps into Canada. Across the pond, France, Germany and Ireland were also welcomed into the fold.
WiredScore had grown significantly by 2018, so much so that we launched our Accredited Professional (AP) program to help us meet the demands for certification. Our APs have since formed a global network of over 1500 experts on digital connectivity and smart technology in the built environment.
WiredScore certification for homes was introduced in 2019, bringing WiredScore into the multi-family residential space. Landlords could assure residents that their digital experience at home would match their expectations – which became even more important as COVID-19 spread in 2020. This year also saw WiredScore enter the Netherlands and Australia for the first time.
As smart technology became increasingly accepted into forward-thinking buildings, SmartScore certification was launched as the global standard for smart buildings. The introduction of the certification had the added benefit of creating a globally recognized definition of a smart building. In addition, WiredScore found a home in more European countries including Italy (in 2020), Spain, Portugal, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Nordics.
This was a year of expansion for WiredScore as we officially launched in Singapore in March. Our Asian footprint grew as we launched in Hong Kong later in the year and we aligned SmartScore certification with the BCA Green Mark Intelligence Section. 2022 also saw WiredScore enter the Middle East, where we worked with key players in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. On top of these regional launches, WiredScore introduced a new offering: Accredited Solutions. These solutions were, and still are, technology providers whose systems and solutions have been benchmarked against SmartScore’s certification standards.
Early 2023 saw the launch of WiredScore Portfolio, an award that’s given to landlords and developers who have committed to delivering a best-in-class, technology-enabled experience across a significant portion of their portfolio. In regional news, WiredScore launched in Thailand with the support of leading landlords, expanding our presence in APAC. Throughout our anniversary year, we have also been updating our scorecards to reflect the developing standards, needs and expectations of the built environment.
A lot has changed over the past 10 years. The decade hasn’t been without its challenges but WiredScore, and the team behind it, continue to go from strength to strength. We are still seeing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the increase in office void space, a clear flight to quality and the widespread adoption of hybrid working.
In-building technology provides landlords and property owners with the differentiator needed to stand out in the increasingly competitive real estate market. Occupiers’ expectations are evolving to include a technology-enhanced environment. Whether it’s seeing an improvement in meeting ESG+R goals or a seamless door-to-desk experience, a strong foundation of tech is essential. The emergence of smart building technology in particular opens the doors to a truly flexible environment, one that will entice workers back into the office.
These expectations are here to stay. Therefore, it is essential to look ahead and future-proof your building for the years to come. We can’t know what the next 10 years will hold, so having resilient assets is a smart first step.
The past decade has been an exciting one for WiredScore. Looking ahead, we still have plenty to do to continue setting the standard for technology in the built environment – and we can’t wait to see what comes next.