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How can a meaningful integration of robots in real estate operations look like? Which path in dealing with robotics do we as ECE take? These and other questions are the focus of the project. The ideal helper to answer these complex questions is the industrial robot "SPOT" from Boston Dynamics. It can be configured flexibly and completely according to requirements and has various additional components, so that there are virtually no limits to our use case ideas and application concepts. We want to find out whether previously identified applications can be used in center operations and provide the promised added value for our customers and investors.


Together with its corporate partner Reply, ECE is testing the "SPOT" robot from Boston Dynamics, a robotics manufacturer that is highly regarded worldwide.

There are only 50 "SPOT" robots worldwide. One of them has found its way to Germany - and is now undergoing a feasibility test in Hamburg's Alstertal shopping center. 

As part of the so-called "Early Adopter Program" of Boston Dynamics, Reply and ECE have identified possible use cases. 

The focus is on fundamental and concrete, operational questions: Which Pain Points in center operation can a robot like SPOT improve or even eliminate? And how can the Technical Manager be supported in his daily work with essential tasks and routines? The test also focuses on questions relating to keywords such as "BIM" and "Digital Twin".

We identified very different use cases and prioritized them according to feasibility complexity, added value and other factors.


Intelligent Maintenance

In a first step, the project team will focus in particular on the use case of early physical and mechanical damage detection in parking buildings. As part of its center management activities, ECE manages a total of 120 parking garage objects and facilities, which is why foresighted building maintenance plays an important role, especially for investors.

By means of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the robot is able to independently identify and categorize damages. In the future, "SPOT" will use the data to estimate the type of damage, the cost of repairing the damage, and the latest date for repair. Intelligent Maintenance in the best sense. Because the technical manager is supported in his work.


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