Delivering Smart, Healthy and Sustainable Buildings
A partnership between IoT service provider Pelion and Johnson Controls is set to accelerate innovation in building connectivity, security and intelligence.
Focusing on extending the capabilities of Johnson Controls' OpenBlue technology, the cooperation will pursue changes similar to those that have been achieved within the automotive sector where software, multiple sensors and AI-trained models have transformed the industry by enabling autonomous driving and software updates that blend data to continually improve vehicle capabilities and experience.
Johnson Controls is applying the concept to the built environment by leveraging Pelion’s flexible device management capabilities to unite diverse device types and application layers to feed AI models which respond to dynamic workloads.
Mike Ellis, the company's chief customer and digital officer, explains: "This partnership combines Johnson Controls deep domain expertise in healthy buildings with Pelion’s device and edge management capabilities to usher in an era of truly smart, updateable facilities at cloud scale.
"OpenBlue’s AI capabilities at the edge will consolidate diverse points of intelligence distributed across various floors, sites or even continents into insights and actions, creating an updateable building that can self-heal and evolve over its lifespan."
Hima Mukkamala, Pelion CEO, adds: "Johnson Controls has the strategic foresight to rely on a partner to streamline the complexity of IoT device management security and secure firmware updates over the air,” “Pelion’s connected device platform will standardize the onboarding process for all systems, including the edge and endpoint devices that run on them, plus offer world-class public key infrastructure for secure and simple integration with third-parties."
A secure, open and flexible approach to device management will allow OpenBlue to run any device and hardware configuration, from hardware gateways to constrained temperature sensors.
In order to provide sustainable, low cost and low power intelligent processing at the edge, the partnership will also utilize proven energy-efficient processors from Pelion’s parent company, Arm, which are a key part of Johnson Controls’ distributed hardware deployment.
Pelion CEO Hima Mukkamala has shared his thoughts in a blog post on the Johnson Controls website.