UTC 2019 Awards
Each year, the utility members and staff of UTC work together to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant impact on the utility industry.
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 UTC APEX Award. The UTC APEX Award recognizes utilities that have completed compelling telecommunication projects; whether in emergencies or in steady-state, utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, and provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity.
The UTC APEX Award is bestowed upon one utility company that provides electric, gas or water services. The nominee must have implemented innovative projects, taken actions, or initiated procedures that leverage communications technologies or information systems resulting in demonstrated benefits and positive impact on the communities they serve.
Nominations may be submitted on recommendations of peers, partners and witnesses to the work of the utility. However, an authorized representative of the utility must accept the nomination prior to being reviewed by the selection committee.
The UtiliSite Excellence Award is bestowed upon utility organizations that are invested in the Wireless Collocation, Joint Use and/or Fiber Leasing industry.
The nominee must have an active Collocation, Joint Use and/or Fiber Leasing program and must have recently implemented an innovative project, taken actions or initiated procedures that leverage wireless collocated communications technologies, joint use strategies or fiber leasing approaches resulting in demonstrated benefits and positive impact on the communities they represent.
Nominations may be submitted by peers, partners and witnesses to the work of the utility. However, an authorized representative of the utility must accept the nomination prior to being reviewed by the selection committee. A utility may be nominated more than once for different projects.
Building on the legacy of UTC awards, we have established the IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards will honor the UTC Associate Member Organizations making a great impact on our industry through an innovative and proven solution. Members can choose one of three categories areas: Hardware, Software or Service. There will be three Impact Awards given.
The evaluation criteria will ensure that all UTC member organizations, regardless of size, type or offering can clearly communicate, affirm and support their nomination. These evaluation criteria were established to be relevant, comprehensive, well aligned with the ever-evolving definition of “impact,” transparent for nominees AND clearly defined for our voting bodies.
While difficult to define precise, objective metrics that unambiguously determine how companies and concepts rank for each evaluation criteria, we have developed a set of ranking assessments based on four key criteria:
AVAILABILITY: This is an innovation that is already in the marketplace, addressing a real need and/or solving a problem today.
EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS: This technology innovation is meeting a need while improving outcomes or reducing risks to the customer and/or the utility. It may save time or money, lower cost, improves security, or even makes money for a utility.
SUSTAINABILITY: The technology innovation supports sustainability, social responsibility or green initiatives – innovation that not only demonstrated commercial success, but also considers broader implications.
IMPACT: Immediate and longer-term impact that the innovation has on the utility industry or/and society as a whole.
Eligibility: Submitted technology must be from an UTC Associate Member in good standing, serving the utilities industry, any size, any geographic location. All submissions by vendors must be further supported by utility companies comprised of UTC members and/or non-members. (Meaning the utility using the technology does NOT have to be a UTC member, but the vendor must be).
Judging: A panel of non-vendor judges will select one technology winner in each of the categories: Hardware, Software, Services. We will use a 3-point ranking for each of the four areas above (1-point for some time achieves, 2-points for most of the time achieves, and 3-points for all of the time achieves). The selected IMPACT Award winners are presented their awards on the show floor during the Expo Hall hours and will also be highlighted during the Awards Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, May 9th in Palm Springs, CA.
Questions on any of the awards? Contact Karnel Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org