Every day I see how the Panoptix offering is revolutionizing building efficiency; recently I had an opportunity to attend the Edison Awards in New York City.  It was exciting to get a look at products and services that will change other industries like the Panoptix offering is changing ours.


Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards have been honoring excellence in new product and service development since 1987. Award categories span a range of industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Transportation and Medical Technology.   Johnson Controls was a finalist for 2 awards: the Panoptix solution for Best New Product in Energy and Sustainability Smart Systems and the company as a whole for the best Green Program based on our leading edge corporate campus renovation.  Award finalists are selected by based on 4 criteria:


  • Concept – opportunity, conception, method and development
  • Value –need, differentiation, advantage and cost
  • Delivery – message, engagement, availability and achievement
  • Impact – sustainability, social responsibility and potential


From the finalists in each category, Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners are selected by a panel of more than 3,000 business executives and academics from across the nation.  At the award ceremony I was proud as both the Panoptix solution and the Johnson Controls campus renovation program were announced as Bronze award winners—very impressive given the hundreds of innovations considered.


Past Edison Award winners include the Apple iPad, iPhone and the Amazon Kindle II; here are a few of my favorite innovations recognized at this year’s awards:


  • The Liquipel process applies a water-safe coating  inside and outside of electronic devices to protect components against contact with liquids.  You can literally immerse your phone in water and it will still work.  I’ve been waiting for this and didn’t even know it!
  • ZionEyez Eyez Glasses embed a 720p HD video camera in a pair of eyeglasses to record video and take pictures so users can wirelessly broadcast to their social networks. I’m getting on the pre-order list...
  • The Ekso bionic exoskeleton changes lives by allowing wheelchair users to stand and walk.  Finally bionics that don’t cost 6 million dollars.
  • The Fisker Karma hybrid performance and luxury coupe gets combined city/highway mileage of 52 mpg, has a top speed of 125 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds—you have to check this vehicle out!
  • The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was the first commercial spacecraft to return from orbit and it will be the first to visit the International Space Station. Not quite as luxurious as the Karma, but it can go a lot faster.  And costs considerably more than 6 million dollars.


The full list of 2012 winners shows a remarkable range of innovation—congratulations to the Panoptix team for being initiated into the Edison Award club.  The Panoptix concept is clearly having an impact and delivering real value today…and we are just getting started!