Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) have announced a global collaboration to digitally transform how buildings and spaces are conceived, managed and built. Microsoft has also reported the general availability of Microsoft Azure Digital Twins. Johnson Controls OpenBlue Digital Twin is a platform that will support the entire ecosystem of building and device management technologies with digital cloud technologies.
Digital Twins are digital replicas of physical entities that provide an in-depth analysis of data and potential to monitor systems to mitigate risk, manage issues and utilize simulations to test future solutions. This also allows for building managers to support COVID-19 safety and security protocols while maintaining and efficiently utilizing energy and other facility resources.
“Our partnership with Microsoft is a vital ingredient in our innovation strategy, as the company shares our vision of using technology to transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play,” said Mike Ellis, vice president and chief digital and customer officer at Johnson Controls. “Digital twins are playing an increasingly important role in the design, construction and ongoing operation of healthy buildings and spaces, and can be particularly valuable when analyzing large datasets and predicting patterns and trends to tell our customers things they don’t yet know. Our OpenBlue digital platform, closely connected with Microsoft’s platform and workplace technologies, represents an unbeatable opportunity to help our customers make shared spaces safer, more agile and more sustainable.” “We have an incredible opportunity to use advances in cloud and compute capabilities to help customers reimagine the physical world,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft. “By integrating the power of Azure Digital Twins with JCI’s OpenBlue Digital Twin platform, our collaboration will provide customers with a digital replica and actionable insights to better meet their evolving needs.”