Best Automation Platform
The Smart Building Awards 2020 are trade-only awards, meaning consumers are not permitted to enter any category. Each award will be judged fairly by an expert panel based on the criteria set out for each category. The judges will individually score each entry, meaning none of the members on the judging panel will know the winner until it is announced on the evening of the event.
There is a qualifying period which will define which entries will be valid. This period will be between September 2017 and March 2020. That means any product launched, or project completed, before or after these dates will not be eligible to enter.
Each category will have a 500-word limit, while a further 250 words will be available to explain why you think you deserve to win the award. There will be different criteria for each award category, and while it’s not mandatory to meet every criteria point, there will be a certain number of boxes you will have to check before your entry is eligible.
The awards are completely FREE to enter and there is no limit on the number of categories or number of submissions you can tender. Entries will close on 28 February 2020.
Best Home Automation Platform Criteria
Who can enter: The best automation platform category can be entered by either a distributor or manufacturer. The automation platform does not need to have been released or announced during the qualifying period, but it must have had new additions. A representative, such as a PR company, may also enter their client.
When entries close: Your entry should be submitted by February 28, 2020.
What we’re looking for: The heart of any smart building is the automation platform – but with so many to choose from, why is yours the best?
- Design: Whether it’s hardware or software, design will be key to the success of an automation platform. Those with app-based set-up need to have a good UI, while those requiring physical hardware need to blend in. So, what does your home automation platform offer in terms of design?
- Ecosystem: This will be the most important category for any automation platform – what can it control? An automation platform is only as good as its capabilities; so how many devices can your platform control, and how granular can that control be?
- Ease of Install: How easy is it to get started with your automation platform? Can devices be connected and controlled easily, or are there great administrative controls for installers to get stuck into?
Entry Judging: This entry will be judged based on three criteria. The judge will give a weighted score based on the overall quality of the automation platform, based on the words provided. Additional scores will be given for both design and functionality.
Additional Materials Required: In order to judge on design, please supply up to three images of the product. We also require an image of the company’s logo. Entrants may also supply up to one page of supporting evidence, such as testimonials, press coverage, case studies, spec sheets.