Engineered Systems Magazine

Building efficiency: Johnson Controls

January 14, 2013

Johnson-Controls-011613-body.jpgPanoptix® solution spurs developer activity and launches new online marketplace.

Johnson Controls has introduced the Panoptix  software development community, providing building data, tools and support to developers to create and market new applications that address energy efficiency, sustainability and operations.

“Johnson Controls is connecting big data with big ideas to create more choices and access for building owners,” said Laura Farnham, vice president, building technology and service, Johnson Controls. “This open platform allows developers to do what they do best: create applications. As a result, building owners and facility managers will have access to a growing list of choices to manage their facilities.”

Five initial partner-developed applications will be available for purchase in the new Panoptix marketplace, which provides a global venue to sell applications to building owners and operators.  Applications were created and available from EnergyAi, Lucid Design Group, EnergyPoints, FirstFuel and T4G. 

Lucid Design developed the Building Dashboard application in Panoptix, which monitors and displays energy and water use in real time on touch screen kiosks and the web, providing a sustainability engagement platform for occupants, building visitors and the public.

“Panoptix allowed us to go deeper with customer solutions by letting us focus on what we do with the information, rather than how we get the information,” said Michael Murray, chief executive officer, Lucid Design. “Panoptix allowed us to pull data from many different sites and different systems, not just Johnson Controls but others as well, through a common application programming interface (API). That eases the costs associated with system integration, and that means that more of our resources, and frankly more of the customers’ resources, go into delivering value instead of into system integration.”

Panoptix was introduced in 2011 at the Greenbuild Expo in Toronto.  The Panoptix solution builds upon Johnson Controls’ expertise in building technologies and systems integration to help building owners and operators achieve improved building performance and energy efficiency.  It is a combination of software and services to help single building owners or managers of global enterprises improve the performance of their buildings, decrease energy use and operational costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  It is driven by cloud-based apps that provide visibility into how every system, subsystem and device is functioning, and provides information to take actions to improve their performance. It works with any size building, any building management system; can be accessed by any computer, tablet or smartphone; and is supported with industry news, an online community and Johnson Controls Live Guide™ experts.