Johnson Controls buys FogHorn to integrate edge AI platform and focus on smart buildings

Vijay Sankaran of Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, a global specialist in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has completed the acquisition of FogHorn, a developer of Edge AI software for the industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

The Edge AI platform brings intelligence to the source of data inside the building, enabling secure, real-time machine learning driven solutions that address the pressing challenges of sustainability, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and smart, secure buildings.

Johnson Controls has acquired Foghorn’s Edge AI for its OpenBlue smart buildings platform.

“Value is increasingly being created by applying intelligence at the edge-device level to create real-time, secure, actionable insights,” says Johnson Controls CTO, Vijay Sankaran. “By pervasively integrating Foghorn’s world class Edge AI throughout our OpenBlue solution portfolio, we are accelerating the pace towards our vision of smart, autonomous buildings that continuously learn, adapt and automatically respond to the needs of the environment and people.”

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.

Sastry Malladi, who served as chief technology officer at Foghorn, will join Johnson Controls, reporting to Sankaran as vice president, OpenBlue Artificial Intelligence.

“We are thrilled to bring the Foghorn team and edge AI capabilities to Johnson Controls and OpenBlue,” says Malladi. “By combining our respective strengths, Johnson Controls can make an even bigger impact on continuing to address some of the pressing challenges of decarbonisation, sustainability and energy efficiency, indoor air quality and smart, secure buildings.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. FogHorn’s technical team will be integrated into the OpenBlue Solutions organisation. FogHorn’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California will function as an ‘AI Hub’ for Johnson Controls.

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