Johnson Controls launches new digital platform

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OpenBlue aims to deliver capabilities focusing on the future of smart, connected and sustainable buildings.

Johnson Controls has launched OpenBlue – a complete suite of connected solutions and services that combine the company’s 135 years of building expertise with cutting edge technology.

The open digital platform, when integrated with Johnson Controls’ core building systems and enhanced by technology partners, will make shared spaces safer, more agile and more sustainable. OpenBlue hopes to create the ‘blueprint for the future’ to guide smart, sustainable buildings.

The suite of connected solutions enables new occupant experiences, respectful safety and security, and impactful sustainability, driven by cutting edge connected technology.

The platform infuses the OpenBlue suite of solutions and services with artificial intelligence (AI), combining data from both inside and outside of buildings.

“How we interact with our environments and how buildings and shared spaces are managed for safety and sustainability is top of mind everywhere,” says Johnson Controls chairman and CEO George Oliver, “and now more than ever we recognise how complex these systems are.

“The launch of OpenBlue reflects how we think buildings are evolving from inflexible assets to dynamic resources. As a result, this is a critical element of our business strategy, enabling us to lead customers around the world to the solutions and services required to transform their spaces for the future.”

By combining traditionally separate systems, OpenBlue will enable the connection of every part of a building to create new possibilities for smarter, more efficient and sustainable spaces. Features include:

  • Respond with dynamic flexibility: OpenBlue will enable buildings to switch into different modes to address various critical situations. Modes can include management of building access, air flow, elevator movement, door locks, lighting and open collaboration, as well as other environmental and safety settings.
  • Deploy COVID-19 solutions: OpenBlue connects Johnson Controls products, technology and services to help customers get back to work as safely and efficiently as possible. These solutions and services include contact tracing, social distance monitoring, thermal cameras, clean air,
    touchless environments, compliance and reporting management, energy optimisation, advanced safety monitoring and more.
  • Select from tiered services for their needs: OpenBlue will contain a suite of tiered, AI-infused service solutions delivering advanced capabilities such as remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, advanced risk assessments, compliance monitoring and more.
  • Security: OpenBlue was designed with safety at its core and will enable customers to access secure by design solutions. Each of the OpenBlue offerings has been developed with robust design protocols for security and privacy process.
  • Increase energy savings and improve indoor air quality (IAQ): By connecting HVAC equipment with new data and AI, users of the platform can expect 20 to 60 percent cost savings by optimising the performance of the full HVAC system across energy costs and IAQ parameters.

Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue platform brings together traditional operational technology, existing IT systems and cloud applications infused with AI and cutting edge technology, such as digital twins, enabling insight, integration and collaboration. OpenBlue will enable operating technologies to
seamlessly communicate and integrate across a broad range of systems.

“Connectivity is the key to making buildings work harder for us,” says Mike Ellis, executive vice president, chief customer and digital officer at Johnson Controls. “This new suite of solutions will enable previously unimaginable outcomes for our customers by connecting buildings to unique software capabilities, providing insight to deliver high customer value. We are partnering with a number of leading technology companies and thought leaders in various sectors to roll out tailored solutions in the coming months.”


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