2020-10-09

AIRE – AI for Real Estate

Abiro was involved in a Vinnova-funded project called AIRE – AI for Real Estate during September 2019 to September 2020.

The main goal was to get educated in machine learning and a suitable toolchain for that topic.

Prediction of energy consumption in real estate was chosen as the use case, as such data is readily available via APIs. There were other options like theft and fraud detection that were much harder to get enough data for.

Python was chosen as the platform and language for machine learning as the goal was to make a web application. Initially Anaconda and Jupyter were used as the development environment, but were eventually replaced by Visual Studio Code and direct standalone application development.

During the project several APIs for energy data and weather data were investigated practically, including Metry, E.ON, OpenWeather, SMHI and Trafikverket.

To experiment with energy, weather data as well as different machine learning methods and models, an experimental site was set up at AIRE – AI for Real Estate. It was developed in PHP before realizing Python (or R) was the way to go for machine learning overall.

Several spin-off projects are considered for the future based on the outcomes. Offerings available so far are Abiro Meters and Abiro Energy Prophet, both using the same energy data. Abiro Stargazer is a concrete use of weather data.