Bedrock, tech companies open downtown Detroit lab aimed at data usage

Bedrock, tech companies open downtown Detroit lab aimed at data usage


Detroit — Bedrock along with tech companies Bosch, Cisco and KODE Labs unveiled Wednesday the newly launched Urban Tech Xchange.

The collaborative lab, known as UTX is housed at 1520 Woodward and serves startups and technology providers. NextEnergy will operate the third-floor office space, which sits two blocks from where construction is underway on Bedrock’s Hudson Site project.

Bedrock, tech companies open downtown Detroit lab aimed at data usage

The partnership includes resources from global technology companies Bosch and Cisco and the smart building platform KODE Labs. Data will be made available from Bedrock’s more than 19 million square feet of urban real estate.

“There’s so much data being emanated from our buildings every day …” Bedrock CEO Kofi Bonner said during the launch event Wednesday. “We have the distinct pleasure to just partner with …  the industry to bring this data to the fore so that they can take their brilliant minds and their innovators and plug into the data, the systems and get information. Information that they can take back and hopefully help us get a better understanding of how our buildings are operating, how our buildings are being used, how our energy systems are being used.

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