IRELAND: Johnson Controls has introduced what it claims is an industry-first, AI driven, all-in-one, digital solution to manage clean air, energy, sustainability, comfort and cost in buildings.
The new OpenBlue Performance Advisor application acts as a recommendations engine, continuously scanning facility operations to detect opportunities to save energy, improve indoor air quality, and maintain occupant comfort.
The system is said to draw on site-specific and external data as well as proprietary algorithms to simultaneously project the impact of operations decisions on all three areas.
The customer can then decide which actions to take, or let Performance Advisor make the decisions automatically.
The easy-to-read dashboard highlights the current state of the indoor environment as well as any alerts. It shows suggested actions for a zone or the entire building, with precise metrics clarifying how each action is projected to affect specific goals.
It also provides health metrics. The algorithm can measure a variety of parameters such as zone size, occupancy, mask usage and weather forecasts and predicts chances of infection spread. It provides recommendations to facilities managers that improve the building performance, ranging from maximum disinfection to energy minimisation, depending on the given needs of a space at a specific moment in time. A key element is said to be the OpenBlue infection risk score, providing additional information to enable best decision making.
“Supporting healthy and sustainable buildings is at the core of Johnson Controls priorities and the solutions and services we bring to market. Helping our planet heal and reducing the impact of climate change is part of being a good global citizen and a key moral imperative that drives our business,” said Mike Ellis, executive vice president and chief customer & digital officer at Johnson Controls.