Johnson Controls introduces autonomous robots to building security portfolio

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Building technology company Johnson Controls has added autonomous robots, body worn cameras and package screening technology to its physical security portfolio.

Johnson Controls’ security robots, powered by Ava Robotics, autonomously conducting event response along with routine patrols and inspections. The mobile robots provide 360-degree video coverage and SIP audio communication capabilities.

The robots are designed to improve situational awareness to security staff for diagnosis or diffusing an incident remotely. Equipped with video analytics that can monitor building occupancy levels, mask compliance, and object detection. The use of robots aims to promote a healthy and safe building environment by measuring temperature, humidity and air quality as well as combustible gases during inspections.

According to Johnson Control, these intelligent technologies will enable customers to extend the power of security systems far beyond the capabilities of traditional access control and video surveillance.

“At Johnson Controls we continue to enhance building technologies through digital transformation by leveraging Edge AI devices that power the OpenBlue Platform,” said Vijay Sankaran, chief technology officer at Johnson Controls.

“Smart, autonomous buildings that continuously learn, adapt and automatically respond to the needs of occupants and environment are safer, more sustainable and more secure.”

The company will also introduce body worn cameras to provide live video streams using WiFi or cellular networks for applications where real-time visibility is important. For recorded video, the body worn camera automatically transfers its encrypted, secure recorded video into the video management platform.

Johnson Controls said this allows operators to seamlessly search through body cam footage, as well as traditional camera footage, for a more complete picture of their organisation’s security.

Additionally, the introduction of RaySecur’s MailSecur All-in-One screening technology to its portfolio enables Johnson controls to provide a service that detects liquid, powder, weapons, explosives, radiation, and suspected materials, with safe millimetre waves.

“Leveraging Artificial Intelligence, IoT and robotics in our security solutions enables us to provide our customers with new levels of operational visibility, situational awareness and autonomous operation,” said Osvaldo San Martin, vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls security products.

“These technologies are among the first to be released from the OpenBlue Innovation Centres to accelerate bringing new technologies to market with our partners.”

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