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Congratulations to Our 2020 Digie Award Winners!

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The Digie award winners were announced at Realcomm | IBcon 2020 on Oct. 28 at the Gaylord Rockies in Colorado. For the past 22 years, these awards have recognized real estate companies, projects, technologies and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact our industry using technology, automation and innovation.

For the commercial and corporate real estate industry, COVID-19 created a new set of unique challenges ranging from developing work-at-home strategies to ensuring buildings are performing at the most optimum, healthy levels. This year, we also recognized individuals who are leading the charge on COVID-19 strategic and transformational technologies, creating a more efficient, effective and adaptive industry and shaping the future of smart buildings.

Following are the 2020 Digie award winners:



Property/Facility Management: Arcadia Management

  • Uses extraordinary measures to utilize technology for property management
  • Constantly works with leading vendors to drive innovation
  • Consistently commits to sharing insights and educating the industry

Commercial Services: CBRE

  • Continuously strives for innovation on a global scale
  • Instituted an RPA center of excellence to effectively deploy knowledge and resources
  • Strategically uses technology and automation throughout all business units

Commercial Real Estate: Carr Properties

  • Demonstrates willingness to share concepts and innovation with industry
  • Constantly pushes the envelope and applies technology to building operations
  • Fosters collaboration between IT and other departments, especially OT

Retail Real Estate: Kimco Realty

  • Tirelessly explores smart building technologies throughout entire portfolio
  • Implemented multiple modules of the MRI platform in a substantial innovation project
  • Pushes the boundaries of industry innovation through the use of technology and automation
Corporate Real Estate: Microsoft
  • Promotes smart buildings and campuses as a global leader in the industry
  • Developed a strong partnership ecosystem to support automation on all campus levels
  • Took aggressive steps for organizational realignment on its smart building vision
Investment Management: Invesco
  • Business and technology team members successfully collaborated in unique ways on a massive data conversion project
  • Drove innovation that brought together multiple technologies to streamline the IM business processes
  • Developed multiple solutions that exceeded initial project expectations


NexusPayables – AP

  • Steadily drives forward industry benchmarks for AP in commercial real estate
  • Incorporated extensive software feedback from clients to meet market needs
  • Continuously improves and reinvents its technology to remain cutting-edge and industry relevant


Annette Prater

  • Valued as a visionary and leader in real estate technology internationally
  • Generously collaborates with peers in the industry
  • Leads and drives innovation within Brookfield and the industry at large

Rob Teel

  • Recognized as a global thought leader in commercial real estate technology and innovation
  • Devoted a career to constant improvement in commercial real estate operations
  • Actively supports networking and collaboration throughout the industry


Charles Meyers

  • Shows an extraordinary commitment to improving real estate operations through the use of technology
  • Tirelessly promotes the value of cybersecurity for the built environment
  • Passionately shares industry knowledge with peers to positively influence the industry



Office Building: GPO Exchange

  • Successfully integrated over 40 base building systems into a single platform for increased efficiency
  • Created the Charli app for community engagement with buildings and services
  • Achieved highest levels of data integrity and insights resulting in better real-time decision-making

Office Portfolio: AMP Capital

  • Created a portfolio-wide smart building strategy integrating all assets into a common smart building platform
  • Extensively uses IoT to manage building operations, manage occupancy and deliver tenant services
  • Deployed an industry leading managed portfolio cyber solution to protect its customers, tenants and investors

Corporate Headquarters: Microsoft Redmond Campus

  • Focuses on smart building technology deployments that make buildings smart from the ground up
  • Uses latest technologies anticipating employee needs while creating connections and fostering a sense of community
  • Features privacy and cybersecurity as the foundational pillars for trusted smart campus strategy

Retail: Amazon Go

  • Leads frictionless experiences in the evolving retail industry
  • Cleverly integrated the Amazon Go app with the retail experience
  • Develops computer vision, deep learning and sensor fusion applications for the retail process

Specialty: The Sinclair, Autograph Collection – Fort Worth

  • Explores the capabilities of LED lighting using low voltage PoE DC power
  • The hotel is used as an innovation lab for further testing of technologies for guest occupant experience
  • Seamlessly incorporates smart technologies, including fiber for high-speed Wi-Fi, touch-screen mirrors for room controls, LG wallpaper TVs and digital showers

Industrial: Amazon

  • Aggressively deploying rooftop solar panels across many of its fulfillment centers
  • Developed intelligent fulfillment robots along with sophisticated algorithms for safe and efficient controls
  • Extensive use of indoor mapping and AI to simulate and efficiently manage high traffic paths

Multifamily/Residential: Crescent Heights NEMA

  • Instituted touchless access for optimum occupant experience
  • Introduced a dedicated amenity space featuring leading-edge equipment, including 3D scanning and printing, as well as coding and design stations
  • Features fiber-optic, gigabit-capable internet with property-wide connectivity

Best COVID Tech: RXR Realty – 75 Rockefeller Plaza

  • Transformed delivery of technology services utilizing Microsoft Azure IoT, Azure AI and Intelligent Edge
  • Implemented the RxWell mobile app for touchless access control management and a variety of tenant, employee and visitor services
  • Rolled out a full portfolio-wide hardware and software building management and occupant wellness program

Mixed Use: Water Street Tampa

  • First project to receive WELL Design & Operations certification
  • Implemented consistent technology across all BMS, fire alarm and access control systems and a universal access Wi-Fi network
  • Created a controllable converged infrastructure for communications, lighting and information kiosks

Higher Education Campus: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Seamlessly and effectively executed a campus wide COVID response to promote a safe return to campus
  • Consistently brings extraordinary innovation and forward thinking to campus operations
  • Implemented cost effective and tech-enabled state-of-the-art hybrid classrooms

City | State: Seoul, South Korea

  • Developed a digital platform, integrating data from all city operations and allowing visualization in a single pane of glass
  • Significantly enhanced public transportation through “Seoul’s Intelligent Traffic System” (ITS), Smart Transportation Card and Bus Information System (BIS)
  • Aggressively used technology for strategic COVID response


Telepresence: ARHT Media

  • Innovatively uses HoloPresence technology to virtually bring in speakers from around the world to eliminate the challenges of time and distance
  • Actively communicates and educates on the value of HoloPresence for other industries
  • Focused on making the technology more usable and cost-effective

LED Immersive Experience: StandardVision

  • Develops architectural lighting for enhanced exterior building visualizations as a long-time leader in the industry
  • Designed and implemented some of the world's most iconic digital media installations
  • Educates and shares experience and vision with the industry

Intelligent Buildings: Density – People Counting

  • Introduced an effective, accurate and cost-effective hardware and software solution for people counting
  • Demonstrated an accurate, anonymous, real-time people count with a 20-foot range, 40-foot effective diameter
  • Created technology that is less invasive and provides greater privacy than alternative occupancy and location tracking solutions

COVID Tech: SymptomSense

  • Employs multi-factor vital screening health assessment measures to ensure unparalleled 98% degree of accuracy in determining relative health state
  • Integrates and analyzes blood pressure, heart rate, oxygenation level and temperature sensors in a portable Screening Evaluation Gateway (SEG)
  • Facilitates eliminating infections and inspires confidence in employees, tenants and visitors thanks to high accuracy and rapid scan rates


Emmanuel Daniel

  • As a thought leader, drives the development of next generation smart building strategies globally
  • Influences the industry by leading by example and through his willingness to share
  • Successfully navigated both the technological and change management aspects of digital transformation as demonstrated in the Microsoft Redmond Campus

Steve Lefkowitz

  • Developed extraordinary vision for smart building technologies for Warner Media headquarters
  • Is a consistent proponent of open, interoperable IP for smart buildings
  • Demonstrates a relentless pursuit of integrating skill sets from both the operational and information technology disciplines with successful outcomes

Congratulations to the 2020 Digie Award winners and nominees for your contributions in positively impacting and furthering our industry. Special thanks to Enlighted for sponsoring the Realcomm | IBcon Digie award ceremony this year!

Realcomm Staff
Realcomm Conference Group LLC is the leading research and educational institution that produces annual conferences and expositions on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings strategies for executives in commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate. Realcomm was founded in 1999 with the goal of bringing industry leaders together each year to discuss, demonstrate and debate the latest innovations that impact the industry.

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