Luxs is a proptech software solution intended for real estate organizations in the Netherlands, providing digitalization of all real estate converted into data. They are a leading platform in the Netherlands for creating, collecting, structuring, and visualizing building data.
The Challenges They’ve Faced
Primarily, Luxs offers proptech platform solutions to companies in the social housing industry. This means that they must keep track of tens of thousands of apartments. The client companies provide Luxs with 2D plans, whose team then digitizes and transforms them into 3D while gathering data and insights about each unit.
Luxs approached us looking for someone to help them work with their real estate’s data. After their team of architects transforms the 2D plans into 3D, there are multiple ways to visualize the data gathered. Since other companies in this industry also present these data sets to their clients, Luxs wanted to gain a competitive edge. The way to do this is to ensure that the insights they provide stand out and are tailor-made according to the client’s needs.
Partnering with Valcon
At first, Valcon had one full-stack developer working on the project. However, as Luxs grew, so did their requirements, and three back-ends and one front-end developer joined the team. At this time, there is a total of five Valcon developers partnered with Luxs, working on both ends as well as providing software support.
- Play Framework
Luxs’ PM keeps in contact with the client and relays the information to Valcon’s team, who can then use it to create the necessary insights and visualizations while also maintaining the app’s architecture and reliability. Work on this project involves implementing new components and processes due to Luxs’ rapid growth. There are some aspects that are static, but most are custom-made for each of Luxs’ clients, with some also requiring third-party integrations via APIs (e.g., energy consumption).
We faced the biggest roadblocks of this project at the beginning. This was due to the fact that developers don’t typically have experience with architectural and real-estate plans and geometry, so there was a learning curve in that aspect. But, thanks to the team’s diligence and dedication, they managed to overcome it quickly. Another challenge was the amount of data our teams had to work with.
In the beginning, Luxs was a startup – an app hosted on one server with a smaller load. But it grew significantly over the years and required constant changes and upgrades to the architecture, as well as a migration to the cloud.
Being able to provide its clients with unique, tailor-made solutions allowed Luxs to stand out from the competition and position itself as an industry leader. On top of that, they now pride themselves on their speed of work since the adjustment period for a new feature is significantly shorter in comparison to their competitors. It was no surprise that Luxs grew from two to twenty employees during our work together!
Plans for the Future
After seven years of working together, Luxs and Valcon intend to stay partners in the oncoming years as well. Both parties like the open communication they’ve achieved, as well as the amount of collaboration this project requires, especially during the research phases.
Luxs currently has plans to expand to other sectors (such as commercial real estate), as well as to provide their services across Europe before eventually going global. We’re looking forward to their continued success and are glad to be a part of it!