Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘element’

Catella: Use of big data in the real estate sector often underestimated; innovation leaps expected

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 ottobre 2015

The trend of increased use of big data in the real estate sector is creating opportunities for innovation leaps and will lead to changes in forecasting methods, new and more transparent pricing methods and personalised property marketing. In its new report, BIG DATA in the real estate sector – opportunity or threat to the industry? Catella Research examined the status quo and the future viability of the European real estate sector against the backdrop of digitalisation. The survey covers 468 European real estate firms.“Big data is seen as relevant and revolutionary for the future development of the real estate sector. But although all the firms included in the survey produce masses of data, only a small proportion of them integrate it comprehensively as a process element in service provision, forecasting, or strategic planning”, says Dr Thomas Beyerle, Head of Research at Catella.
The majority of firms (60.4%) currently make decisions based on past experience; only a quarter (23.4%) indicated that they make decisions based on data. A further 11.7% reported using a combination of data and experience. The largest transparency deficits in real estate markets were identified as Data/survey methods not standardised (34.2%), No central data source (21.1%) and No data available at sub-market level (19.2%).Asked about the greatest sectoral changes resulting from ongoing digitalisation, 30.5% expect structural changes in the area of property investment, followed by 23.8% in transaction consulting. Only 5.7% expect any noticeable change in the area of property finance. catella1This will lead to changes in forecasting methods; issues of outsourcing or make-or-buy decisions in the real estate industry will top the decision-making agenda.“We anticipate major structural changes for the industry, especially in the area of customer-based specialisation and transparent pricing. But answers will also have to be found to the issue of ownership structures of the data. There is a latent risk that data oligopolies will emerge in the industry”, says Dr Beyerle.
But Catella is confident that the increased use of data will provide opportunities for innovation leaps, especially in the real estate industry. A prerequisite is that the development is driven not only by mundane concerns such as data availability, consistent standards or simply transparency, but by the realisation that data is the key to long-term financial success. We can already see that the new, digitally focused real estate firms are creating a novel environment of competition with established industry players.

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New deal on CEPOL will improve cross-border police training and cooperation in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2015

Cross-border police training and cooperation among national police authorities will be stepped up to effectively counter organised crime, cybercrime and terrorist threats thanks to a deal reached between the European Parliament and member states on an update of the rules governing the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL. Council on 29 June confirmed the informal agreement reached with Parliament’s negotiators on an update of the rules governing the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL. Parliament’s lead MEP Kinga Gál (EPP; HU), welcoming Council’s confirmation of the agreement, said:”The urgency and continuous development of security threats, such as e.g. terrorism and cybercrime, or the growing demand by migratory flows, make it crucial that European law enforcement authorities receive training of highest standard and are equipped with the most modern tools to effectively counter fight organised crime.
– The European dimension of CEPOL’s activity is also instrumental in building mutual trust and cross border cooperation among national law enforcement authorities, which is a key element in combatting criminal organisations which operate more and more at international level.
– Since the beginning of the negotiations, two main issues were crucial in this regulation for the Parliament: on the one hand CEPOL should be established as an independent EU Agency, with clear tasks and accountability, and in line with the Lisbon Treaty, in the shortest possible time; on the other hand fundamental rights should become visible in the agency’s mandate and CEPOL should promote a common respect for and understanding of fundamental rights in law enforcement. We are glad to confirm that we obtained both.”

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