Johnson Controls Acquires Edge AI Software Maker FogHorn

FogHorn’s team will become a part of the OpenBlue Solutions organization that will function as an “AI Hub” for Johnson Controls.

CORK, Ireland — Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a maker of security, fire, HVAC and other equipment for buildings, announces the acquisition of FogHorn, a developer of Edge AI software for the industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The addition of Foghorn’s industry-leading Edge AI platform with Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue capabilities will accelerate Johnson Controls’ innovation and vision, as well as its leadership position for smart autonomous buildings, according to the announcement.

Foghorn’s Edge AI platform will also add intelligence to the source of data inside the building. This will lead to secure, real-time machine learning-driven solutions, thereby solving the challenges of decarbonization, sustainability, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, among other feature sets.

FogHorn’s team will become a part of the OpenBlue Solutions organization, with its headquarters in California that will function as an “AI Hub” for Johnson Controls, according to the company.

The acquisition of FogHorn is at a time when the number of sensors and amount of data in buildings continue 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.

“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.

He continues, “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.”

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