June 15, 2012
July 13, 2012
October 2012 at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando
Announcing the 2012 Communications Technology Platinum Awards Program
Now in its second year, the Communications Technology Platinum Awards program celebrates excellence in technology innovation, implementation and PR/marketing in the highly competitive and dynamic broadband communications technology arena. The winners of the CT Platinum Awards come from corporations large and small.
Your hard work is done – now it’s time for you and your team to get
recognized for it!
Are you ready to enter? It’s simple to compete, as your efforts and people speak for themselves. But you have to enter to be considered, so don’t let your competitors steal the show. We’ll be honoring the winners at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, set for October in Orlando. Winners also will be profiled in the 4Q12 issue of Communications Technology magazine.
Questions: Please contact Awards Coordinator Mary-Lou French at 301-354-1851; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Program:
There are two tracks for the Platinum Awards/Technology. The first track is open to vendors that want to highlight a superior product or service. The second track is open to operators/technical teams proud of a particular use case in which they've implemented technology.
We also are offering a Platinum Awards "PR/Marketing" program that invites vendors and operators to tout their "best in show" when it comes to incentive plans, equipment buy-back/upgrade programs and advertising campaigns.
NEW! Top Tech of the Year
You know them. You see them every day. You work with them. They are the problem-solvers, the deployers, the maintenance team and the boots-on-the-ground network doctors. They are your technicians, and you can't keep the network running without them.
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|The 2012 Communications Technology "Platinum Award/Technology" Program
|Below are the "Platinum Award/Technology" categories. Operators and vendors are eligible to enter each category; operators will be judged against other operators and vendors will be judged against other vendors:
Cloud software for subscribers: iPad apps for TV viewing, iPad apps for remote controls, cloud backup, cloud data syncing, digital lockers
Cloud software for providers: EBIF apps for interactive ads or programming, tru2way apps for interactive ads or programming, advertising insertion software, data storage
Internet-connected TV/Smart TV solution: applications and hardware for streaming or downloading video, collaboration or partnership for OTT provision
Residential set-tops and gateways: DOCSIS gateways; gateways with multiple video, data and wireless functions; DVRs; set-top or gateway deployments
Energy-saving (green) technology: smart grids, green devices and installations, enclosures, corporate policies
3D technology: Synthesized 3D, active shutter displays, glasses, TVs, set-tops, programming deployments
- Wireless and Wi-Fi product/service: Mi-Fi and hotspot devices, beamforming solutions, routers, adaptive Wi-Fi, picocells, femtocells, deployments, location-based service
NEW! 4G Networking Equipment: nodes, simulators, enhanced packet core, switches, femtocells, radio heads, baseband units
Multi-screen video solution or deployment: Hardware- or software-based solutions, encoders, transcoders
Home networking/automation technology: Software employing DLNA for networking, MoCA use cases, security, energy use, M2M apps, routers
Digital rights management, conditional access and authentication: Content security solutions, verification software, subscriber management, hardware, software
Data communications equipment or service: Cards, servers, hubs, wiring, modems, high-speed broadband, PBX, bandwidth management, upstream/downstream services, DSL, VoDSL
Coaxial distribution system and equipment: Coaxial cable, connectors, passives, actives and power supplies
Test equipment: Portable test equipment (signal level meters, QAM analyzers, leakage detectors, etc.) and lab type equipment like network analyzers and spectrum analyzers
Fiber-optic distribution system and equipment: Transmitters; receivers; termination, connection, splicing and access-point gear; amplifiers
RF/HFC technology: Cables and connectors, transmitters, receivers, patch panels and optical duplexers
BSS/OSS deployment: Billing, routing, IPTV, VoIP, provisioning and activation, CRM, asset tracking
Network policy control solution: Traffic switches, servers, identity controllers, access clients, usage management
Digital headend equipment: Modulators; QAM modulators; multiplexers; DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-T systems; SD; HD; monitors; encoders; decoders
|EXPANDED THIS YEAR! The 2012 Communications Technology Platinum Awards/PR and Marketing Program
|Operators and vendors alike can submit their best PR and marketing campaigns in the categories below:
- Online advertising campaign: Best use of e-media.
- Video advertising campaign: Best use of a video or moving image in a campaign.
- Print advertising campaign: Best newspaper, magazine, brochure or direct-mail effort for a single product or service.
- Event marketing: Best campaign that drew and engaged the media to participate in anything from press conferences to press tours to analyst meetings.
- Social media campaign: Using Facebook, Twitter, Internet forums, message boards, Weblogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video.
- Corporate social responsibility/"green" campaign: A broad range of campaigns fit into this category - anything from persuading a community to accept a new recycling system to promoting a holiday drive that benefits those members of the community who are in need. And how did this bring your company some extra attention?
- Community relations: How did you use creativity, multimedia, stunts or other methods to illustrate how your company is a concerned corporate citizen.
- Integrated marketing campaign: The most effective single-product endeavor that melded print, television, broadband and mobile platforms.
|NEW THIS YEAR! Top Tech of The Year
|Who in your technical organization has done the impossible? Who developed the killer problem-solver? Who is your go-to person when it comes to network glitches? Submit their stories and your testimonials. Tell us about "our problem and who solved it." We want to honor the best of the best. Here are some suggestions as to who is eligible for this new award: Chief technician, electrical tech, broadband tech, digital video tech, lead system tech, construction tech, headend tech, metro deployment tech, technical coach/instructor.
Winners of the Communications Technology Platinum Awards and the Top Tech will be honored during the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, October 17 - 19 in Orlando.
Platinum Award winners also will be profiled in the 4Q12 issue of Communications Technology along with receiving coverage in a October 2012 issue of sister publication CableFAX.
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How To Enter
Or you can mail your entry> Download the entry form here.
Compiling Your Entry:
The following information must be listed on your synopsis:
- Category entered
- Title of entry (as it would appear on your award)
- Organization submitting the entry
- Company, Individual or Team Members entering
- Key contact for entry (name, company affiliation, phone number, email address)
Your Written Entry:
Note: There are no binder specifications when compiling your entry.
Please include a synopsis (maximum 750 words) that describes why your product, service or implementation of technology should win a Platinum Award and include other supporting materials, including any diagrams, photos, testimonials (maximum 5 pages) you feel would be helpful to the judges.
For Top Tech, please forward the name of your nominee, his or her title and duties, and a case study of what this employee has done that's really saved your bacon. Include a photo, testimonials (no more than five) and a short biography.
The price of each primary entry is $300. If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $175 per category. There is a late-entry surcharge of $175 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry. Entry fees are not refundable.
What to Send?
Send three (3) complete copies of your entry form (including all supporting information) and the entry fee.
Where to Send Your Entry:
Mary-Lou French, Communications Technology Platinum Awards
Access Intelligence, LLC,
4 Choke Cherry Road, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Please indicate on the left-hand corner of the envelope the categories you are entering. Communications Technology will not return any entries or supporting materials.
Deadline: June 15, 2012 (postmarked)
Late Deadline: July 13, 2012 (postmarked)
All entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2012. Entries postmarked between June 16 and June 22, 2012 please add a $175 late fee per entry. Finalists will be notified in August 2012 and honored at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, October 17 - 19, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
How are the entries judged?
Technology entries are judged by a panel of engineers and industry professionals as well as by the staff of Communications Technology magazine. We evaluate your entry based on innovation, capex/opex, return on investment, environmental impact (if applicable), customer/company acceptance and uptake, and best in class. Vendors are compared with vendors, and operators are compared with operators.
How do I increase my chances of winning an award?
Provide succinct summaries and other supporting materials to clearly explain your technology, product or service and why it's outstanding in its particular genre.
When will I be notified about the status of my entry?
You will be contacted by Communications Technology staff regarding the status of your entry only if you are named a finalist in the awards program. Finalists are notified 30-60 days in advance of the Communications Technology Platinum Awards event.
Is this awards program affiliated with any industry organizations?
The Communications Technology Platinum Awards is an independent competition unaffiliated with any industry organization. Your entries are held in strict confidence by the judges and Communications Technology.
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To sponsor the second annual Communications Technology Platinum Awards event at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo & the Platinum Awards issue of Communications Technology, please contact Debbie Vodenos at 301/354-1695 or email@example.com; Amy Abbey at 301/354-1629 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Linda Hardesty, email@example.com
Please contact Mary-Lou french at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.354.1851.
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