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E13: Johnson Controls VP & CTO Vijay Sankaran Describes Smart Buildings of the Future

March 20, 2024 by Joe Panettieri

How will cloud services, AI-enabled autonomous capabilities, and data management across IT & OT enable smart buildings of the future? Vijay Sankaran, vice president and chief technology officer at Johnson Controls, offers perspectives and guidance in this Sustainable Tech Partner podcast (Episode 13).

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Much of the Johnson Controls strategy involves OpenBlue, a platform that brings both IT and OT data together from across the building's ecosystem. Armed with that data, users can track and reduce their carbon footprints, improve energy efficiency and more, Johnson Controls asserts. The strategy spans all types of buildings -- including corporate buildings, stadiums, hospitals, schools and more.

What is the current state of smart buildings -- and where do partners fit into the conversation? Sankaran covers that and more in the conversation.

The podcast conversation includes:

  • 0:00 - Overview
  • 0:24 - Introductions
  • 1:18 - Why Sankaran joined Johnson Controls: The premise of applying technology, AI and data to solving global problems around sustainability and climate change.
  • 2:57 - The bigger picture: What is the smart building of the future and how real is that building today?
  • 10:41 - Are the worlds of HVAC and IT systems converging to ensure customers can gather, manage and act on building data? Plus: Where Johnson Controls' OpenBlue technology fits in.
  • 13:00 - Has Generative AI influenced Johnson Controls' overall AI strategy?
  • 16:35 - How regulations in New York, Boston, Seattle and other cities may inspire AI applications and "co-pilot" type applications for smart buildings.
  • 19:28 - How can customers and partners shift the smart building conversation from an "expense" conversation to a "revenue generator" or "cost reduction" conversation?
  • 25:30 - Is OpenBlue a single pane of glass for all types of partners to see a complete view of smart buildings?
  • 28:20 - Partner models for OpenBlue: Where VARs (value-added resellers), MSPs (managed IT service providers) and other partner types fit in.
  • 31:45 - How customers and partners can find more information: The OpenBlue section of the website.
  • 33:37 - Conclusion

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