Smart Buildings Challenge

Smart Buildings 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:

  • Smart Space Flow Analytics: Tracking, Zones, Anonymized Tracking
  • Smart Metering in Multi-Tenant Commercial Buildings: Smart Metering, Energy Consumption, Focus on Electric Energy
  • Smart Automated Building: HVAC, Control Technical Equipment, Demand Oriented Control of Equipment, Sustainability
  • Smart Building Dashboard: Management Tool, Sales Tool, Overview, Digital Twin, AR


Call for Partners

At present, we are searching for additional Enabling Technology Partners for the Smart Buildings Challenge. 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.


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.


The proposed Challenge timeline is offered at left.

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