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Johnson Controls launches smart building platform: OpenBlue

As one example: by connecting HVAC equipment with new data and AI, users of the new OpenBlue platform can expect 20-60% cost savings by optimizing the performance of the full HVAC system across energy costs and IAQ parameters.


August 4, 2020
By Energy Manager Canada

Focusing on the future of smart, connected and sustainable buildings, Johnson Controls has launched OpenBlue – the culmination of years of research and development by the company that has resulted in a new suite of connected solutions and services that combine 135 years of building expertise with cutting-edge technology.

The open digital platform, when integrated with Johnson Controls core building systems and additional technology partners, is designed to make shared spaces safer, more agile and more sustainable.

OpenBlue was designed to enable buildings to become dynamic spaces. The platform infuses a suite of solutions and services with artificial intelligence (AI), combining data from both inside and outside of buildings.

“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,” said George Oliver, chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls, in a media release.

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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.

OpenBlue will be able to:

  • Increase energy savings and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). By connecting HVAC equipment with new data and AI, users of the platform can expect 20-60% cost savings by optimizing the performance of the full HVAC system across energy costs and IAQ parameters.
  • 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 optimization, 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 at the centre of the solutions. OpenBlue will enable customers to access secure by design solutions. Each of the OpenBlue offerings are developed with robust design protocols for security and privacy process.

The OpenBlue platform brings together operational technology, IT systems and cloud applications infused with AI, enabling insight, integration and collaboration.

OpenBlue technology experts will lead proprietary ‘OpenBlue – Blueprint of the Future’ customer workshops, thought leadership webinars and insight sessions to help customers reimagine the possibilities of built environments and map out capabilities for spaces and places to power a unique customer mission.

JohnsonControls.com/OpenBlue