Best Matrix / Signal Distribution

General Criteria

The Smart Building Awards 2019 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 2019. That means any product launched, or project completed, before or after these dates will not be eligible to enter.

Each category will have a 600-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 22 February 2019.

25.02.19: GREAT NEWS! DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Due to unprecedented demand and requests, we have extended the entry deadline by two weeks. So you now have until 11.30pm on Friday 8 March 2019 to put pen to paper (in a digital sense) and submit your entries!

Best Matrix / Signal Distribution Criteria

Who can enter: The best matrix/signal distribution category can be entered by either a distributor or manufacturer who has announced or released a matrix or signal distribution product during the qualifying period. A representative, such as a PR company, may also enter their client.

When entries close: Your entry should be submitted by March 8.

What we’re looking for: With so many screens in one house, it’s important to be able to get a single source to multiple rooms – but why is your matrix/signal distribution product the best at that?

  • Picture Quality: What kind of picture quality can the matrix/signal distribution product support? Does it ensure that there’s no degradation in resolution or HDR features between source and destination?
  • Ease of Install: How easy is it to get started with your matrix/signal distribution product? Is it easy to install and hook everything up that needs to be hooked up?
  • Connections: How many connections are offered? What connections are they? Do they offer the latest HDMI standard, for instance?
  • Other: Any other features that set your matrix/signal distribution product apart.

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 matrix/signal distribution, 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.

Submissions now closed