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Johnson Controls and Punch Technologies collaborate on safety communication tech


July 26, 2019
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Software firm Punch Technologies Inc. and Johnson Controls have finalized an agreement to bring a safety communications platform to market.

The platform, which the firms say can be integrated into businesses’ existing security systems, provides the opportunity to communicate with employees, emergency responders and other surrounding businesses in the event of an emergency incident.

Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls will be the primary distributor of PunchAlert by Punch Technologies.

“Our partnership with Johnson Controls is a tremendous step forward and is an opportunity for us to partner with a global leader in safety,” said Greg Artzt, co-founder and CEO of Punch Technologies, in a statement. “We will build on this exciting relationship to deliver safety communications for a wide range of public and private enterprises, first responders, campuses, and communities.”

“In today’s always-evolving landscape of emergency events, it’s critical for businesses to have the necessary tools to easily and effectively communicate emergency plans and procedures with employees and building occupants,” said Hank Monaco, vice-president, marketing, Johnson Controls, also in a statement. “This agreement is a continuation of Johnson Controls’ commitment to public safety by providing enterprises with a mechanism to report and react to emergencies and a means to further bolster security systems and safety procedures.”

PunchAlert was launched in 2014. Punch Technologies will also launch Rescue, a safety wearable, in the first quarter of 2020.