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Johnson Controls Releases New Building Security Solutions

The new offerings strengthen Johnson Controls’ comprehensive building security portfolio and extend the capabilities of customer systems.

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Johnson Controls has announced the addition of body worn cameras and autonomous robots to its physical security portfolio, along with the integration of package screening technology by RaySecur.

The new offerings are said to further strengthen Johnson Controls’ comprehensive building security portfolio and enable customers to extend the capabilities of their systems beyond 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,” says CTO Vijay Sankaran. “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 announcement includes the following details for each of the new offerings:

Body worn camera — provides personal protection along with new methods for accountability, regulatory compliance and evidence management. Tightly integrated into the company‘s video management solutions, the body worn camera offers optimized, live video streams using WiFi or cellular Networks for applications where real-time visibility is important.

For recorded video, the device automatically transfers its encrypted, secure recorded video into the video management platform. This allows operators to seamlessly search through body cam footage as well as traditional camera footage for a more complete picture of their organization’s security.

Security robot — The autonomous system by Ava Robotics is a workforce multiplier for an organization’s security staff, conducting event response along with routine patrols and inspections, providing 360° video coverage and SIP audio communication capabilities.

The robot improves 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 robot can promote a healthy and safe building environment by measuring temperature, humidity and air quality and combustible gases during inspections with solutions such as Johnson Controls C•CURE and Victor event alerts.

Package screening — Physical goods and packages often enter premises unchecked, making threats commonplace across many industries. RaySecur’s MailSecur all-in-one screening technology detects liquid, powder, weapons, explosives, radiation and suspected materials with its safe millimeter waves.

The integration with Johnson Controls security solutions means that scan results can now automatically trigger configurable responses across building systems to help mitigate incidents. For example, building lockdown or evacuation and communications with the building’s HVAC system to prevent potential spread of contaminants or smoke.

The combination of these innovations provides a powerful improvement to overall security management, the announcement states. Combining mail screening technology, robotics, edge intelligence and deep integrations into building systems improve an organization’s ability to dynamically respond to new threats while enhancing building security and building performance.

For example, the security robot can be autonomously dispatched to the mail room based on a threat where the onboard cameras can provide remote viewing from angles not covered by fixed cameras. A security operator can control the main robot’s movable front facing camera, thereby evaluating the need for a human response to the threat area prior to dispatch.

The Command Center can employ the new Johnson Controls video wall solution with its large format displays for optimal viewing of the robot footage combined with streams from the MailSecur, body worn and other cameras to quickly assess the threat.

“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,” says Osvaldo San Martin, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Security Products. “These technologies are among the first to be released from the OpenBlue Innovation Centers to accelerate bringing new technologies to market with our partners.”

The new offerings are expected to be available by the end of 2021.

This article first appeared on our sister site Security Sales & Integration.