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Johnson Controls acquires FogHorn


January 17, 2022
By SP&T Staff

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Johnson Controls International plc

Johnson Controls has completed the acquisition of FogHorn, a developer of Edge AI software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

“Value is increasingly being created by applying intelligence at the edge-device level to create real-time, secure, actionable insights,” said Johnson Controls CTO Vijay Sankaran in a statement. 

“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.”

The company has reported a continued growth in the amount of data in buildings and an increase in the number of sensors. In response to this, the Johnson Controls has stated that processing data and applying intelligence without having to upload data to the cloud has become even more important.

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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,” said Sastry Malladi, Foghorn’s Chief Technology Officer in a statement.

“By combining our respective strengths, Johnson Controls can make an even bigger impact on continuing to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges of decarbonization, sustainability and energy efficiency, indoor air quality and smart, secure buildings.”

The company also stated that FogHorn’s technical team will be integrated into the OpenBlue Solutions organization. FogHorn’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., will function as an ‘AI Hub’ for Johnson Controls.