Johnson Controls expands digital buildings activity

Johnson Controls has continued its expansion of its digital buildings business with the acquisition of FM:Systems, a digital workplace management provider for the FM and property sector.

Johnson Controls will integrate the FM:Systems predictive workplace management platform into its OpenBlue building automation services. FM:Systems chief executive Kurt von Koch will join Johnson Controls’ digital business in a leadership role.

Johnson Controls CEO George Oliver said

This will offer a one-stop solution that helps customers accelerate their digital transformation journey, improve building efficiency and reduce operational costs.

FM:Systems, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and owned by Accel-KKR, has more than 200 employees and 1,200 customers, representing more than 2.4 million users across 80 countries. FM:Systems said its software offer a range of solutions to make workspaces smarter, like space-scenario planning, asset management and facilities maintenance, together with analytics.

The OpenBlue suite of software uses artificial intelligence and digital twin technologies to improve building performance, while making buildings smarter and healthier for the planet, the firm said.

Dean Jacobson, MD at Accel-KKR, said:

Workplace management technology is a key enabler in terms of improving operational efficiency, creating safer, healthier and smarter buildings, and supporting sustainability goals…we are pleased to see how well FM:Systems fits into and expands Johnson Controls OpenBlue digital capabilities in pursuit of a shared vision to lead in the future of autonomous and connected buildings.