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Congratulations to Our Realcomm | IBcon 2021 Digie Award Winners!

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The Digie award winners were announced at Realcomm | IBcon 2021 on Nov. 2 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. For 23 years, these awards have recognized real estate companies, projects and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact and transform our industry using technology, automation and innovation.

Following are the 2021 Digie award winners:



Property/Facility Management: The Building People

  • Founders were instrumental in developing the vision, strategy and implementation for the most comprehensive federal government smart building program in history
  • Strategic focus on developing a workforce with the talent and skills necessary to navigate 21st century real estate facilities operations challenges
  • Unprecedented commitment to innovation in the transformation of traditional facility and property management functions

Commercial Services: JLL

  • Successfully launched a number of new technologies to navigate industry uncertainty, including a BI platform and experience technology
  • Drives innovation internally and in the industry through strategic investments in PropTech, constantly optimizing business processes and delivering the highest level of service for their clients
  • Plays an instrumental role in identifying new hybrid workplace strategies that shape the future of real estate

Commercial Real Estate: Carr Properties

  • Innovation team dedicated to tirelessly explore state-of-the-art data, analytics and smart building technologies throughout entire portfolio
  • Demonstrates willingness to educate internal departments and share concepts and innovation with the industry at-large
  • Pushes the boundaries of wellness technologies, leveraging an ecosystem of healthy building technologies

Retail Real Estate: The Inland Real Estate Group

  • Fosters an innovation culture that promotes agility and creativity to address everyday challenges
  • Continuously reinvents its products and services leveraging technology to create meaningful experiences for their end customers
  • Embraces a digital strategy focused on automation and innovation-driven benefits to aid the business and its customers

Corporate Real Estate: LinkedIn

  • Promotes a corporate culture that values data-driven insights and encourages the use of innovative technologies
  • Continually applies learning and iterating to improve employee engagement and experience
  • Leveraged multiple data inputs to create a global workplace application with exceptional adoption providing insightful performance and engagement metrics
Investment Management: Invesco
  • Executive leadership and IT shared vision to drive organizational alignment around key IT projects
  • Comprehensive implementation of Yardi IM and Investor+
  • Created a comprehensive, integrated enterprise architecture and data model for back and front office investment management processes



  • Created a comprehensive data management and analytics platform incorporating a growing network of data partners
  • Innovative focus on creating enterprise data management and asset evaluation platform as a service
  • AI-enabled platform for sourcing and assessing potential investment opportunities


Ilan Zachar

  • Consistently willing to share both successes and challenges with the industry to advance the built environment
  • Tirelessly works towards integrating business operations and building technologies to drive process efficiencies and increase productivity
  • Valued as a consistent thought leader dedicated to raising the bar on industry best practices

Denise Taylor

  • Continuously pushes the envelope developing future-forward strategies and implementing cutting-edge technologies
  • Demonstrates passion and vision tackling large-scale projects and successfully navigates both the technological and change management aspects of digital transformation
  • Tirelessly shares her vision and experience with the industry and continues to offer her time and insight to others

Marc Petock

  • Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to improving real estate operations through technology
  • Recognized as a global thought leader in smart building operations technology and innovation
  • Passionately shares industry knowledge with peers, promoting the value of technology for the built environment



Office Building: RiverSouth

  • Uses technology to tailor the user experience for each occupant, providing completely touchless interactions from the point of entry to the tenant spaces
  • Integrated micro-movement sensors that track building temperature and minimal movement to analyze occupancy
  • Data collected from advanced sensors, camera analytics and Bluetooth beans allows locating active shooters and billing tenants for individual energy usage, among other applications

Office Portfolio: QuadReal

  • Embraces a sophisticated digital building infrastructure to realize the value of truly smart and autonomous buildings
  • Installed passive optical network (PON) technology to support IoT requirements and deliver unique and differentiating services to their customers
  • Ensures the highest level of security and overall mitigation of risk through their commitment and active efforts in advancing building cybersecurity

Corporate Headquarters: Google

  • Created an open, secure and digital infrastructure allowing for any device to support the applications and use cases for its buildings
  • Extreme focus and innovation concerning cyber for operational technologies and edge devices
  • Defined specific roles for both internal and external organizations as stakeholders in BOS and IoT initiatives

Retail: AT&T Discovery District

  • Downtown Dallas destination where some of the world's most leading-edge technology, culture and entertainment combine to create unique experiences
  • Powered by 5G, the plaza connects the surrounding buildings through unique interactive experiences that fuse art and technology
  • Features a massive 104 ft., 6K media wall that brings digital art and media to life on a building facade

Digital District: Vinhomes Techno Park

  • 420 acres of Live-Work-Play-Shop-Learn billed to platform, including a smart office building, TechnoPark Tower in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Vinhomes' comprehensive smart city intelligent ecosystem is based on four core pillars: smart security, operations, community and real estate
  • AI and ML protocols detect a wide range of scenarios including injured tenants, weapons, suspicious persons, kidnapping, and more

Industrial: Prologis

  • Created Prologis Labs which serves as an incubator for new ideas, products and services that can generate new revenue streams, while reducing expenses and risk for customers, investors, partners and communities
  • CEO who "gets it" with aggressive technology initiatives driven "top down" by executive leadership
  • The clear leader in vision and innovation in industrial real estate

Multifamily/Residential: 303 Battery

  • Instituted touchless access for optimum occupant experience
  • Leverages Digital Twin, bringing together data from design, supply chain, construction, building operations, financials and historical performance data enables digitally modeling and tracking every aspect of the building
  • Deploys an Infrastructure ecosystem designed to plug and play with any commercially-available advanced mechanical, energy generation, or energy efficiency technology


Hybrid Immersive Experience: Convene

  • Effortlessly combines its physical locations equipped with large LED displays with hybrid event technology
  • Implemented a hybrid AV including newsroom-quality cameras, lighting and technology facilitates immersive experiences for onsite and remote attendees
  • Well versed, creative and open minded staff passionate about innovation

Wellness Tech: Aura Air

  • Detects, captures and kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, mold and VOCs
  • Designed for indoor spaces, including high-traffic areas, it removed airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including allergens and viruses
  • Interactive dashboard provides smart air insights on real-time indoor and outdoor air quality, as well as high-risk scenario prediction

Intelligent Buildings: ThoughtWire

  • Maximizes operational efficiency and minimizes carbon footprint through their smart buildings co-platform
  • Open architecture provides interoperability and the ability to integrate tomorrow's technologies
  • Leverages a proprietary sense-think-act cycle that continuously updates the operational digital twin with physical and contextual data in real time


Kathy Farrington

  • Demonstrates vision inside a large organization that is on par with smaller more agile organizations
  • Has created an environment where smart buildings have become an integral part of the culture
  • Pushes the industry by example, tirelessly sharing her vision, passion and experience with the industry

Clayton Ulrich

  • Valued and respected smart building leader and visionary on technologies impacting the built environment
  • Consistently willing to share both successes and challenges and continues to offer his time and insights to others
  • Brings an RE executive perspective on innovation to the built environment, promoting technology to his peers

Congratulations to the 2021 Digie Award winners and nominees for your contributions in positively impacting and furthering our industry!

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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