Wednesday 8 July 2015 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Group Lays the Foundations for a Smarter City

BlockDox, Puckily and 3D Repo have been announced as winners of the third wave of Canary Wharf Group’s Cognicity Challenge.

BlockDox and Puckily tied in first place in the ‘Connected Home’ stream and will share the £50,000 cash prize. They will also collaborate on their pilot. Puckily’s innovation allows a range of devices around the home to be connected and controlled remotely, while BlockDox has developed an app which enables residents to perform everyday tasks, such as organising repair work and contacting management, more quickly and easily. By combining their technologies, the two companies will vastly improve people’s ability to manage their homes through connected devices and become a true example of interoperability.

In the ‘Virtual Design and Construction’ stream, winner 3D Repo has produced an open source Building Information Modeling (BIM) platform, which enables better collaboration on construction projects.

Cognicity is a smart city accelerator programme designed and delivered by ENTIQ for Canary Wharf Group (CWG) which aims to support the development of ground-breaking technologies, drawing on the expertise of CWG executives and industry leaders including Intel and ARUP. Through Cognicity, the London property developer is demonstrating the potential of smart buildings, sensor networks, and digital analysis software, to create efficiencies and convenience in the development and management of our cities.

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, said: “We chose to run the Cognicity Challenge to identify companies and technologies which will help ensure that Canary Wharf Group’s developments remain among some of the most advanced in the world. Collaborating with 36 startups has provided the opportunity to appraise our own processes and understanding of innovation in the smart cities arena, at the same time as helping shape their thinking and products. We are looking forward to the piloting phase and its outcomes.”

Claire Cockerton, CEO and Chairwoman of ENTIQ, added: “This is just the beginning of an incredible journey for 3D Repo, Puckily and BlockDox. Their solutions will drastically improve the way we plan construction projects and interact with our homes. A procurement model like Cognicity is one of the best ways of ensuring lasting, authentic innovation which has the power to transform the urban environment as we know it.”

The programme has enabled participating companies to work together to find solutions in an interconnected way, drawing on Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Ian Jones, Intel’s UK Smart Cities Director added: “Data will play a central role in the cities of tomorrow, driving the innovations that these firms are developing. Teaming with the Cognicity Challenge means we can coach these entrepreneurs on the role of data, how they can protect it, and distil valuable insight from it, to create amazing impacts for the residents of smarter cities.”

BlockDox, Puckily and 3D Repo join the winners of the previous two phases, Polysolar, Voyage Control, SEaB Energy, and Demand Logic. An additional eight other innovators have also been invited by CWG to pilot their schemes on the Canary Wharf estate. Boldmind, a firm delivering the dynamism of e-commerce advertising into physical locations, Strawberry Energy, which produces solar-powered benches for mobile charging, and Pavegen, a company that converts footsteps into electricity, are three pilots underway on the estate.


For more information please contact:

Gaia Arzilli
07772 892 688

Sarah Bishell
FTI Consulting / Canary Wharf Group plc
020 3727 1050

Sian Disson
FTI Consulting / Canary Wharf Group plc
020 3727 1747


About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group or the “Company” is an iconic London real estate business which has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe. We design, build and manage a unique set of assets to serve local and international companies, renowned retailers and some of the UK’s most exciting technology startups.

Our vision is to create truly great places where people want to work, live and relax. Over the past 25 years we have developed 16 million square feet of London’s disused docklands into one of the world’s foremost business districts, with 11 million square feet to come. Canary Wharf is home to the global and regional headquarters of leading names in law, banking, financial and professional services, media and technology.

The Canary Wharf estate is fast evolving into one of London’s most exciting hubs. Alongside high quality offices for established and start-up companies, a major retail offering across five shopping malls, Level39, Europe’s most influential financial technology accelerator, and the Cognicity smart cities technology initiative, we will soon deliver a major residential building programme. Outside of Canary Wharf, the Group has a stake in the 20 Fenchurch Street (‘Walkie Talkie’) development in the City of London and in the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank. We are in the business of place-making and continue to create cityscapes of and for the future.

We employ over 1,000 people and there is a working population at Canary Wharf of 105,000 people. Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority which acquired the Group in March 2015.

About Cognicity
Cognicity is the city of the future, realised today. This pioneering project identifies and accelerates the development of smart city technologies, transforming Canary Wharf into a smarter, more aware city.

This is achieved through the Cognicity Challenge, which is divided into six streams of six companies each. Partners and sponsors provide guidance to the selected companies for 12 weeks and the winners will receive a £50,000 cash prize. The winners will also have the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf.

The full list of streams is:

  • Cognicity Challenge: Sustainable Buildings
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Transportation
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Resource Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Automated Building Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Connected Home
  • Cognicity Challenge: Virtual Design & Construction

The Cognicity Challenge is a Canary Wharf Group initiative and is run by innovation experts

Our Connected Home accelerator stream aims to accelerate technologies that use smart home devices to improve energy efficiency, enhance living conditions, increase safety and security, and offer cost savings for residents and building managers. Connected Home solutions will bring a new level of comfort and efficiency by using predictive technology and home automation, as well as smart materials to improve building structures, setting new environmental standards on energy consumption and building maintenance.

The Connected Home finalists are:

  • BlockDox: a system that puts a wealth of services at residential tenants’ fingertips. From their app residents can perform everyday tasks, like contacting reception and arranging repairs.
  • Canary Control: a cloud-based heating control system that combines multiple sources of data to manage internal temperatures intelligently.
  • Caventou: a company that combines form and function by integrating solar panel technology into a really smart piece of furniture.
  • Domcontrols: a platform that allows the user to monitor and control devices remotely by connecting separate electronic devices throughout the home.
  • Heat Genius: a system that controls temperatures through zoning technology. The system learns occupancy patterns and adjusts temperatures accordingly.
  • Puckily: an innovative system allows users to control Internet of Things devices around the home from a single interface.

Our Virtual Design & Construction accelerator stream invited applications from innovators developing 5D BIM (Building Information Modelling) tools that modernise the construction sector by enabling data sharing, open protocols, and mobile usage. These innovators will help revolutionise supply-chain collaborations and seamlessly integrate systems throughout design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of buildings and infrastructure.

The finalists for the Virtual Design & Construction accelerator stream are:

  • 3D Repo: technology that connects various stakeholders in construction projects by providing an open-source collaborative platform.
  • BaseStone: a system that allows workers to remotely share data from a construction site in real time.
  • CyberCity 3D, Inc.: a geospatial-modeling innovator that specialises in the production of smart 3D building models.
  • iBISM: technology that integrates different communication protocols in the BMS sector to create a more connected planning process.
  • Tridify: a platform that produces real-time, editable virtual environments, which can be displayed on a variety of devices to support and inform the planning process.
  • Simudyne: a virtual decision-making platform for developers that can act as a sandbox during the planning process.

The Cognicity Challenge has been designed and delivered by ENTIQ a global innovation and economy enabler. ENTIQ is a leader in innovation delivery, new venture development and ecosystem creation, and the pioneer of an authentic, results-driven innovation model: the ENTIQ EFFECT.

Founded in 2013 by seasoned entrepreneurs Claire Cockerton and Eric Van der Kleij, ENTIQ has established a bold reputation for delivering innovation for corporations, property developers, government, academics and startup innovators. ENTIQ has successfully delivered genuine, tangible innovation for clients such as Dassault Systèmes, EY, 10 Downing Street and Canary Wharf Group. We have led the design and development of world-leading innovation ecosystems including Innovate Finance and Cognicity, and our founders led the creation of Level39, both pre-launch and in its first two years.

ENTIQ has showcased its Authentic Innovation Model to multinational corporations, global think-tanks, city mayors, national governments and their key trade and investment partners. We have worked with regulators and policymakers, partnered with industry leaders and forged connections with incubators and accelerators around the world.

About Intel
Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices and the applications of the Internet of Things.