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For the second year in a row, Philips Lighting has won an award for its Hue smart lighting program. According to IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization dedicated to helping the best Internet-of-Things (IoT) products and companies “Break Through” the crowded IoT industry, Philips Lighting is the company of the year in its category.

“We are thrilled to name Philips Lighting the “Connected Home Lighting Company of the Year” once again. Philips Lighting is a true pioneer and global leader in smart lighting, and has contributed significantly to the smart home industry,” said James Johnson, managing director, IoT Breakthrough. “We continue to be impressed with the expansion of the Philips Hue familyfeature innovation to enhance consumers’ homes and lives with light, and collaboration with other brands, from Amazon to the Golden State Warriors.”

Philips Hue is a smart lighting system for use at home. It can control or be connected to color, atmosphere, music. Hue is operated with apps on your smartphone.

The winning IoT Breakthrough selections showcase IoT technologies and companies that have both succeeded in pushing ingenuity and exemplifying the best in connected solutions across the globe.

James Johnson: “From a remarkably strong field of more than 2,000 entrants, ranging from startups to technology industry titans, it is truly an outstanding achievement to have been selected by our esteemed judging panel. We thank all of our entrants, judges, and partners for supporting the IoT Breakthrough Awards and we look forward to continued IoT innovation from winners and nominees throughout 2017.”

The IoT Breakthrough Awards recognizes the IoT innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the world in a range of categories, including Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, IoT Security, Wearables, Industrial IoT, M2M, Enterprise IoT and many more.

More than 2,000 award nominations from organizations and individuals representing 15 nations were submitted to the awards this year for consideration. The award submissions were judged by an independent panel of experts that represent a cross-section of the industry, including journalists, analysts, and technology executives.

Winning products and companies were selected based on a variety of criteria, including most innovative and technologically advanced products and services, with the ultimate goal of recognizing the “Break Through” nominations for connected technologies and companies.

Sources: IoT Breakthrough Awards, Philips Lighting