Smart Buildings Challenge

The Smart Buildings Challenge is designed to help advance the digitalization of the smart buildings industry.

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The Challenge

Today’s smart buildings are beginning to leverage the industrial internet for improved business outcomes, such as better energy efficiency, improved occupant experience and lower operational costs. They may contain thousands of sensors measuring various building operating parameters including temperature, humidity, occupancy, energy usage, keycard readers, parking space occupancy, fire, smoke, flood, security, elevators and air quality.

These sensors collectively capture massive  amounts of data that must be transmitted, stored, analyzed and acted upon, often in real-time, to provide a truly smart building experience.  These  actions require thousands of actuators capable of exercising fine-granularity control over lighting, environment, security, safety and building systems. Some of this processing and actuating is extremely time-sensitive, but some  applications are so bandwidth-intensive that they would swamp the building’s fiber access bandwidth.

The Smart Buildings Challenge is designed to give smart building technology suppliers the flexibility to collaborate with their customers to create more targeted, outcome-based solutions. Our goal is to help overcome existing technology barriers to address  the high volume of untapped opportunities in the market. Initial use cases for the Challenge include:

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Check out the latest updates from some of the innovative technology companies participating in this challenge.

Challenge Partners

We are thrilled to announce that Deka Immobilien's Real Estate Asset Management Division, ECE, and TÜV SÜD are the Principals in the Challenge. Bosch, Microsoft and Security and Safety Things are the Enabling Technology Partners.

If your company can offer enabling technology for our initiative, please click here to explore  opportunities to participate as an Enabling Technology Partner. For an overview  of the different roles and contributions of the challenge participants, review the descriptions on our IoT Challenges Overview webpage.

Challenge Contestants

The Challenge is open to vendors, organizations, teams and  individuals worldwide. The winners are selected by jury and prizes include a customer Proof of Concept with a Principal Partner. The official launch of the  Smart Buildings Challenge and the call for submission of proposal for contenders is August 2019.

Challenge Timeline

August 6th

August 30th

September 6th

September 17th

October 28th

November 19th

January TBD

February 1st

February 19th

Enter the Challenge!

The Smart Buildings Challenge is open to vendors, organizations, teams and individuals worldwide. The winners are selected by jury. The prizes include a customer Proof of Concept with a Principal Partner.

Dear Contestants:

To enter the Challenge, please follow the three steps below. The deadline for entries is August 30, 2019. Please bookmark this page for frequent updates. And good luck!

Please submit all documents to

Register here for the 1st Challenge Workshop, to be held in Hamburg, Germany on September 17th.

Step 1 - Read & sign these documents.

Challenge Summary - Please read.

Official Rules - Please read.

Prize Agreement * - Please sign and send to

Publicity Release * - Please sign and send to

* Your signature/confirmation is required.

Step 2 - Submit the Contestant Agreement.

Find the agreement and submission form here.

Step 3 - Send your submission using our Powerpoint template.

Fill out this Challenge submission template and email it to us at

Thank you for entering the Smart Buildings Challenge!

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