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:

Call For Partners

We are thrilled to announce that ECE and Deka Immobilien's Real Estate Asset Management Division are the initial Principals in the Challenge. Bosch and Microsoft are the first 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 planned for July 2019. At the same time, the evaluation criteria, guidelines and entry form will be found on this page.

Challenge Timeline


August 30th

September-January 2019

February 1st

February 19th

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