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Colliers International Launches Partnership with Basking Automation

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As flex-working increases in popularity, maximizing the potential and effectiveness of office space is a challenge for many companies. To provide occupiers in EMEA and North America access to real-time occupancy analytics technology, Colliers International is partnering with Basking Automation, a Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars company.

The market for occupancy analytics in commercial office space is growing rapidly, driven by increasing office densification, poor space utilization and demand for more productive environments. According to Memoori’s estimates, the market is expected to grow to $4.6Bn by 2022, at a rate of 24.5% CAGR.

As partners, Colliers’ experts in workplace solutions and occupier services and Basking – an occupancy analytics platform, providing granular understanding of how space is used – will help clients better plan staff allocation, lease handling and portfolio strategy based on real-time occupancy analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Basking’s platform plugs into the existing WiFi infrastructure as a primary data source to provide portfolio-wide coverage within hours, making the solution affordable at a large scale while protecting employee privacy.

Chris McLernon, CEO of EMEA at Colliers International, commented: “This partnership resulting from the Colliers Proptech Accelerator program, is a testament to our commitment to advancing proptech technologies and solutions. Working with Basking through the program, we had the opportunity to test and customize Basking’s offering to add value for our clients by combining a new AI-based occupancy analytics capability with Colliers’ market knowledge and global real estate platform.”

"We are excited to partner with Colliers and provide their clients with real-time occupancy analytics and space utilization insights," said Eldar Gizzatov, CEO of Basking Automation. “As real estate and office managers adapt to the new flexible workplace environment, this partnership will help Colliers’ clients use the data to optimize their costs and create more productive office spaces.”




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Chris McLernon

Chief Executive Officer | EMEA

EMEA Headquarters

As Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Chris is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the business in the region. Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers International into its current position as a top three global commercial real estate services provider.

Passionate about providing our clients with the highest level of service, Chris is committed to ensuring a seamless service experience across our complete range of services offered in the 43 countries in which we operate in the region.

In addition to his role as CEO in the EMEA, Chris is also a member of the global senior executive team that sets the vision and strategy for Colliers International.

Chris’ real estate career began in 1987 when he joined Colliers International as an office leasing advisor in Toronto. One of the most active top producers in Canada, he received awards for completing the most transactions in a single year in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

In 1994, Chris relocated to Mexico City to build the Latin America business. In his five years there, he was lead principal on four major acquisitions in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed CEO for the region.

In 1999, Chris moved to Miami, home to over 500 Latin American headquarters, to set up the regional corporate solutions team.

Chris returned to Toronto in 2002 and expanded his responsibility as CEO of EMEA, focusing on the growth of the emerging European markets and leading acquisitions in six countries in Southeast Europe, the UK, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands. In 2008, he moved to London where he set up the EMEA headquarters.

In 2012, Chris served as lead principal in the acquisition of the Colliers German affiliate, bringing five cities and 230 professionals into the fold.

In 2014, he was lead principal in the acquisition of the AOS Group, the premier occupier-focused business in Europe, in a deal that added to the company 430 professionals across 10 countries in multiple service lines.

Throughout his career, Chris has delivered exceptional service, fulfilling the real estate needs of major corporations such as Nortel Networks, Federal Express, Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor Land, Microsoft, Regus Business Centers and Silicon Graphics.

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