December 4, 2023

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OpenBlue Innovation Centre opens in Cork

IRELAND: Johnson Controls has opened an OpenBlue Innovation Centre in its global HQ at One Albert Quay, Cork, Ireland.

OpenBlue is Johnson Controls cutting-edge technology suite of connected AI solutions and services for operational energy efficiency, occupant comfort and sustainability.

The OpenBlue Innovation Centre aims to create a future-ready built environment for both local and global customers and is part of an international network of OpenBlue Innovation Centres which Johnson Controls says is working to pioneer new ways to provide smart, healthy and sustainable spaces for customers.

“This centre will serve as our regional centre of excellence to bring clients to see Johnson Controls’ latest cutting-edge innovations on how to solve for net zero,” announced Tomas Brannemo, vice president and president, Building Solutions EMEALA at Johnson Controls.

Fitted with the most advanced Johnson Controls building technology solutions, the OpenBlue Innovation Centre will serve as a showcase of the latest and most innovative solutions from the company in a live environment. 

The research and development grant Johnson Controls received from the Irish government will support engineering activities at the centre, including developing a professional services hub for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America region over a two-year period. 

Johnson Controls’ research and development presence has grown substantially in recent years and it is expected that 18 new research and development roles will be created as a result of the OpenBlue Innovation Centre, in addition to 40 roles already in place working on the next generation solutions for Johnson Controls and its customers.

Research and development at the OpenBlue Innovation Centre will focus on the global priority to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector, which currently accounts for nearly 40% of global annual CO2 emissions.

“Our partnership with the Irish government through IDA Ireland shows how governments and industry can drive real change. The financial support will allow us to increase our headcount, which will contribute not only to the local economy, but also to the development of our OpenBlue net zero solutions globally to have a positive impact on climate change,” said Eamonn Hughes, vice president and general manager, Digital Solutions EMEALA at Johnson Controls.

Welcoming the investment, IDA Ireland’s Head of Engineering and Green Economy, Eileen Sharpe added: “IDA Ireland is committed to supporting the work of world class companies such as Johnson Controls to utilise the latest developments in AI, Data Analytics and Cloud Architecture to build new technologies to enable a more sustainable world. This is a most welcome investment for Cork and for Ireland and is in line with our strategy aim to develop Ireland as a leading location for Sustainability Engineering solutions.”

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