U.S. IoT firm Pelion, a subsidiary of Arm, announced a partnership with global smart building specialist Johnson Controls, to accelerate innovation in connectivity, security and intelligence at the edge for Johnson Controls OpenBlue technology.
“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,” said Mike Ellis, chief customer and digital officer for Johnson Controls. “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.”
The two partners said that this innovation mirrors 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 says it is applying the concept to the built environment. The company will leverage Pelion’s device management capabilities to unite diverse device types and application layers to feed AI models that respond to dynamic workloads.
Hima Mukkamala, CEO of Pelion, said: “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.”
This approach to device management will allow OpenBlue to run any device and hardware configuration, from hardware gateways to constrained temperature sensors.
Also, the partnership will utilize energy-efficient processors from Pelion’s parent company, Arm, which are a key part of Johnson Controls’ distributed hardware deployment.
In a blog post, Mukkamala said that the recently announced partnership will remove the barriers to truly smart AI-powered buildings by leveraging Pelion’s connected device platform. “Pelion’s platform provides the tools manage a device estate securely, simplifies the onboarding process for all building systems, and offers a public key infrastructure (PKI) for secure and straightforward integration between existing systems.”