Siemens Industry Inc. is offering $80,000 in products and services to winners of the 2011 Smartest Building in America challenge.

Recognizing innovative implementation of Siemens APOGEE and TALON building-automation systems, the challenge was launched May 1 and will continue through Aug. 1.

β€œEconomic conditions continue to force facility managers to do much more with much less; budgets are tighter than ever before,” Rich Lattanzi, vice president of control products and systems, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, said. β€œAnd many are accomplishing amazing results. The Smartest Building in America challenge recognizes the hard work and capabilities of facility managers while giving them the chance to gain recognition for their work.”

Participants are asked to submit brief videos explaining why their building is the smartest in America here.

Two prizes will be awarded in each product category: APOGEE and TALON. Grand-prize winners will receive $25,000 in products and services from the Building Technologies Division or a $25,000 contribution to a qualified charity of their choice. Runners-up will receive $15,000 in products and services from the Building Technologies Division or a $15,000 contribution to a qualified charity of their choice.

A panel of leading authorities in facility management will judge the entries.

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