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Independent Research Firm Verdantix Announces The Winners Of The 2020 Smart Building Innovation Awards

London – October 14, 2020. Independent research firm Verdantix is excited to announce the ten winners of the Verdantix Smart Building Innovation Awards. The prestigious international awards recognize organizations which have implemented innovative technologies to enhance their facilities and real estate strategies. The winners were selected by an independent judging panel including IWMS and Technology Implementation Specialist at THELIAS and Energy & Carbon Manager at Bank of England.

Winners of the 2020 Verdantix Smart Building Innovation Awards are as follows:

AXA Belgium won the New Corporate Headquarters category for the space optimization project at its 50,000 m² HQ in Brussels. By optimizing space design and analyzing utilization data using 1,850 sensors, AXA’s building management team were able to reduce the desk-to-employee ratio to 0.6 and save costs, whilst providing a comfortable and agile work environment that meets the evolving needs of workers.

Vodafone Group won the Corporate Headquarters Retrofit category for its innovative use of an IoT platform that delivered a single integrated view into air quality, energy usage, people movement, room bookings and space utilization. The project delivered efficiencies and improvements across multiple areas including energy, occupant experience and space utilization.

KPMG won the Commercial Campus category for its deployment of workplace apps based on real-time positioning and navigation technology at its US campus. The project enables a smarter workplace experience through wayfinding and location-sharing between colleagues.

Mitie won the Facilities Management Services category for leveraging an IoT platform to deliver smarter facilities services to its clients. Among the many improvements, it supported a 20% reduction in reactive work orders, 95% accuracy in predictive maintenance calls and 3% improvement in energy usage for clients.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust won the Hospital Optimization category for its deployment of an IoT sensor monitoring system which detects a variety of activities inside the hospital from motion to occupancy, temperature, ambient light, energy consumption and the movement of assets. The installation supported energy and maintenance savings and gave the Trust the ability to locate assets more quickly, resulting in better productivity.

AZ Maria Middelares won the Hospital COVID-19 Management category for its innovative use of a mobile app that provides over 100 cleaners with clear work instructions on digital floor plans. During the COVID-19 emergency, the app helped the cleaning team work efficiently and stay safe by visualizing COVID-19 cohort areas and providing tailored work orders with clear safety, hygiene, and sanitization procedures.

Grant Thornton won the Office Portfolio category for its deployment of an IoT platform and people counting sensors that enables the granular monitoring of space utilization. One point of interest for the judges is the system now provides facility managers with automated alerts when workspaces do not comply with physical distancing protocols.

Airport City Logistic Properties won the Transport and Leisure category for automating lease administration across 7.6 million square feet of warehouse and office spaces. This was achieved through the integration of its financial ERP system, IoT sensors and IWMS platform, which improved data accuracy and helped prevent significant rent loss.

Verizon won the Mixed Use Development category for deploying thousands of tiny wireless sensors into hundreds of locations worldwide within six weeks to capture granular data on air quality, asset performance, space usage and potential water leaks. The judges were impressed by the speed of deployment and early results, including enhanced asset uptime and energy savings.

NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) won the Public Sector category for its deployment of an IWMS platform to centralize all its lease and space utilization data. The system enables DCAS to better understand space requirements, which has supported a cost avoidance of $12 million to date.

“With a plethora of outstanding nominations this year, the ten winners have proven their superior focus on smart building technology and innovation. By sharing their successful project plans and achievements, the award winners will help other organizations enhance performance across employee experience, operational efficiency and workplace safety,” commented Verdantix Smart Building Research Practice Director Susan Clarke.

The 2020 Smart Building Innovation Awards are administered by independent research firm Verdantix. Organizations applying for the awards were required to complete an on the record questionnaire outlining the key parameters of the project, the business results achieved, and the strategic suppliers involved. There is no fee to participate or receive an award.

To learn more about the successful projects of the 2020 Smart Building Innovation Award winners and to network with real estate and facilities pioneers, register now for ‘Next & Best Practices: Learning From Top 10 Smart Building Innovators in 2020’ on December 9th.


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