Johnson Controls, a prominent player in the realm of smart, sustainable and healthy building solutions has recently received market-leading scores following Verdantix’s assessment of 17 of the most prominent IoT platforms. The assessment scored each platform based on their ability to deliver value and support enterprise-scale architecture. Verdantix made its determination after live product demonstrations and an extensive questionnaire and survey of 285 real estate and facilities executives.
“Our OpenBlue solutions allow building and facilities managers to make better decisions supported by smart, autonomous buildings that continuously learn, adapt and automatically respond to the needs of the environment and people,” said Mike Ellis, executive vice president and Chief Digital & Customer Officer.
“Johnson Controls is providing the right solutions at the right time – our customers want a comprehensive IoT platform to optimize energy, maintenance and space usage, and our technology provides a cost-effective, flexible and scalable platform.”
Verdantix’s study highlights the increasingly prominent role IoT platforms are playing in the collection and analysis of data to deliver higher levels of automation, leveraging insights to optimize building operations. The report calls out several strengths that differentiate Johnson Controls from its competitors:
- Enabling building and facilities managers to monitor and manage their assets through OpenBlue Enterprise Manager.
- Providing options for actions building managers may take when receiving an alert related to improving indoor air quality or space utilization focusing on either improving risk, optimizing energy efficiency and how to balance risk and energy efficiency.
- Creating customizable occupant experience through its Companion app that enable people to make choices about spaces or adjust comfort settings for heat or lighting.
- Offering a market-leading security solution, OpenBlue Cloudvue, that provides options for users to view important moments from closed-circuit television footage in convenient formats through remote viewing to allow for quick responses to emerging issues.
Based on its analysis, Verdantix recommends certain types of buyers who should be particularly interested in procuring offerings from Johnson Controls. They include:
- Large facilities looking for a comprehensive IoT platform.
- Businesses managing a diverse set of building assets.
- Organizations across industries seeking a modern, user-centric security solution.
Advancing Customer Goals with the Right Data and Measurements
The fourth largest school district in the state of Colorado, Cherry Creek, is using JCI to help achieve its energy efficiency goals through a guaranteed performance contract. Colorado is requiring owners of large buildings (over 50,000 square feet) to collect and report on energy-use benchmarking data and comply with rules regarding performance standards related to energy and greenhouse gas emissions which need to be reduced from the 2021 baseline by 7% by 2026 and 20% by 2030.
“Good management requires the ability to have good data and measurement. OpenBlue is the data measurement tool we need to ensure we are meeting the sustainability goals of our District stakeholders,” said David Henderson, Deputy Chief of Operations, Cherry Creek School District.
Edge AI and OpenBlue: A Powerful Partnership
Further fortifying Johnson Controls leadership position in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, the company recently announced the acquisition of FogHorn , a leading provider of Edge AI software.
As the number of sensors and amount of data in buildings continues to grow exponentially, the value of processing data and applying intelligence at the edge, without having to send data to the cloud, becomes increasingly pronounced. This further creates value for customers by enabling real-time, secure and actionable insights.