Des Moines Smart Buildings Innovator Igor Establishes Industry Leadership with Repeat Global Technology Award Win

Feb. 27, 2020

(Des Moines, Iowa – Feb. 27, 2020) – For the second time in two years, Des Moines-based smart buildings innovator Igor has received global recognition for its innovative products. This year, Igor beat out larger global competitors to take home a 2020 Sapphire Award in the category of “Emergency SSL Luminaires, Modules, and Drivers” for its Nexos Linear Network Node.

Igor was the only Iowa company nominated for an award amongst a list of well-known competitors that included Samsung, Dow, and Signify (formerly Philips Lighting). It was also a 2020 award finalist in the “Smart and Connected SSL Enabling Technologies” category. In 2019, It took home a Sapphire Award its PoE Emergency Lighting Solution. The Sapphire wins are recognition of Igor’s smart building industry leadership with its proprietary Nexos innovation. The Nexos IoT Platform is a patent-pending technology developed in Des Moines to enable intelligent control of smart buildings around the world. Today, Igor’s technology is integrated in offices, schools, hotels, data centers and healthcare facilities across 30 countries.  

“Increasingly intelligent buildings are the future, and the award recognition confirms that Igor is poised to lead smart lighting on a global stage,” said Igor Founder and CEO Dwight Stewart.

“We intend to remain at the forefront of IoT technology for the smart building industry through the continued development of sophisticated products that easily integrate with virtually any IoT device or smart building application available on the market today.”

The Sapphire Awards’ panel of independent judges ranked products based on unique technology or application innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability, and contribution to profitability. The 6-year-old annual competition is coordinated by LEDs Magazine, a global resource for engineers, researchers, scientists and technical professionals in the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) industries.

About Igor

Igor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to enable smart and secure buildings. Combined with an open API and real-time data, Nexos is a future proof technology that seamlessly integrates advanced lighting controls with building systems, low-voltage devices, business applications and more. Now installed in more than 30 countries, Nexos delivers on the global market’s readiness to enter the IoT world. For more information, visit




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