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OpenBlue Companion

Amazing Experiences in Smarter Spaces

Engage People and Spaces in Pursuit of Your Mission

The purpose of a space is to gather people in pursuit of a goal. Be it to invent the next big app, ignite passion in future generations, or provide comfort to a patient, these goals are bigger than each designer, teacher, or healer can do alone. To truly unleash the power of these world-changers, you need to create connections between people, spaces, and the information that bridges virtual and physical experiences.

OpenBlue Companion is an easy smartphone and kiosk app that creates these connections, weaving them into powerful experiences. Along the way, spaces learn and optimize themselves, becoming a partner in your mission. With outcomes that work for every audience and every type of space, Companion delivers value through a variety of clever interfaces that keep people in the center of your digital transformation.

Mission accomplished.

A New Way to Enhance Productivity

The Companion app by Johnson Controls makes your building and campus smarter based on what your people actually want and need.

Productivity is enhanced when people feel empowered and comfortable. The Companion app understands your unique building spaces. It allows you to work your way, automate what you shouldn’t have to think about, and apply relevant smart building data to the pursuit of your business mission.

People First

For people, Companion provides easy ways to interact with spaces and technology, offering control, information, and support at exactly the right time. Empowered people are safer, more productive, and more efficient.

Improve experiences and let people focus on their mission, no matter what it is.

  • Make things easy for me.
  • Give me control over my day and my space.
  • Help me.
  • Show me that my experience is valued.
  • Show me information when and where I need it.

Companion experiences

  • Access the app easily and securely with existing credentials or by simply tapping a kiosk.
  • Personalize the home screen to ensure items you need are quickly available.
  • Use your phone as your badge for one less thing to carry.
  • Easily see, find, reserve, and check into spaces, desks, or lockers so you always have a place that’s yours.
  • Find and route to spaces and people using interior static or blue dot navigation.
  • Control lighting, blinds, temperature for comfort, productivity, and safety.
  • Streamline requests for help, supplies and tickets through one interface.
  • Sync with a calendar system for meeting reservations and create instant bookings.
  • See the latest news, alerts, and communications targeted to your space.

 

Smart Space Management

For those supporting spaces, Companion offers an easy way to flex spaces as needs change, replaces hot/cold calls and supplies requests, and exposes building data to people so you can join forces with occupants to achieve building goals related to sustainability and lower operating expenses.

When paired with the reporting and analysis of Enterprise Manager, act on powerful insights into how spaces are occupied and utilized, cross referenced with energy consumption and other data.

Make fast and informed space decisions, while partnering with occupants on common goals

  • Save money and time on hot/cold calls.
  • Confirm whether (or not) I have more space than I need.
  • Flex space as my strategy changes.

Smarter spaces

  • Streamline requests for help, supplies and tickets through one interface.
  • Allow control of lighting, blinds, temperature in context of energy use impacts to reduce operating expenses.
  • Create rotational schedules and related alerts to ensure optimal space flexibility.
  • Share the latest news, alerts, and communications targeted to spaces.

Best of Both Worlds

For owners or smart building leaders, Companion ties people to spaces to achieve human and building goals in harmony.

World class experiences and comfortable, smart spaces, attract global talent, teachers, patients, visitors, and others to your spaces in support of your mission. Companion can also bring together your existing and future technology investments through a single experience engine to ensure you build value over time.

Connect people to spaces, bridge the virtual and physical, and achieve your mission

  • Attract and retain the best talent.
  • Connect physical and virtual experiences so my people can be at their best.
  • Make the most of my technology investments.

Companion Enables Safe and Flexible Experiences For Occupants

Workplace

Meet Yiyi: Marketing Analyst

As a building occupant, Yiyi’s productivity increases every day with the safe, sustainable and flexible functions that Companion has to offer.

 

While Yiyi enjoys an amazing experience across Companion interfaces, the facilities team achieves their goals related to space use and occupant self support, freeing them to focus on value added building tasks.

 

No matter the space or occupant type, there’s a Companion interface that supports individualized journeys.

Feature

Yiyi arrives at work and waves her phone near the badge reader to enter the building.

 

As she enters, she opens her Companion app, which shows personalized highlights for her day including news, meeting schedule, and quick access to help if she needs it. She enters a ticket to have snow cleared from the front walk where it had accumulated.

Feature

Yiyi leaves the café realizing that she needs to reserve a desk for the day.

In Companion, she taps the floor map to see which spaces are free, the items available at each desk, and any rules or policies for the space she might want to know.

Feature

It's time for Yiyi's first meeting with the team. 

 

She opens the meeting in Companion and taps Navigate to see the fastest way to the room and is guided along the way with live blue dot navigation.


During the meeting, YiYi notices her attendees are hot and uncomfortable.  She adjusts the temperature using Companion via the wall panel.

Feature

During the meeting, Yiyi is presenting but notices the space is uncomfortably hot and her audience is falling asleep.

Yiyi does not have her phone at the front of the room, but she can adjust the temperature using the wall panel nearby.

Feature

After the meeting, YiYi would like to stop by the desk of a colleague, but she doesn’t know where he is sitting today and her phone battery died.

 

Yiyi walks over to a handy kiosk to use the same mapping features she used on her phone to see where to go.

Seamless Experiences Across Thoughtful Interfaces

As people move through spaces, Companion offers value at the perfect time through a mobile phone app, kiosk, or room panel. No matter the space, no matter the device, the experience is seamless, personalized, and easy.

Create a journey for people that spans multiple interfaces, or leverage only one option, depending on the value you are looking for.

As spaces grow smarter, verbal cues and prediction will allow spaces themselves to become the direct access point to comfort and productivity value. Take the first step into the spaces of the future now with Companion and we will re-imagine spaces together.

 

 

Spotlight: OpenBlue Innovation Center

OpenBlue Innovation Center located within the School of Design and Environment (SDE), at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will be a testbed for a new breed of customizable, contact-free applications built on Johnson Controls unifying digital technology suite, OpenBlue. The OpenBlue Innovation Center is pivotal and catalytic in rebooting the building in Singapore and across APAC.

 

The 240 square-meter center, housed in SDE4, Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building, will have sensors fitted throughout the indoor space — including overhead ventilation to measure air flow. The lab staff and collaborating researchers will collect and analyze data using Johnson Controls unifying technology suite and analytics to obtain qualitative and quantitative understanding of the interactions among technology, well-being, and indoor environments. The ecosystem of partners will tap on the intelligence generated from the center to create evidence-backed solutions for healthier, safer connected indoor spaces.

Digital Transformation First Steps: Optimize Space Performance and Mobilize People

Buildings are getting smarter: focusing on energy, prediction, historical trends, automation, and other traditional building systems. At Johnson Controls, we believe that spaces are even smarter when they learn from people and when people understand their impacts on their environment and community.

When Companion is paired with Enterprise Manager, building decisions are made in context of people’s behavior and preferences. Imagine knowing true utilization and balancing space decisions with real insights into comfort and productivity impacts. Imagine exposing key building impacts to people at decisions points along their journey, mobilizing everyone in pursuit of collective sustainability goals.

Companion and Enterprise Manager create an integrated, data rich, and artificial intelligence infused picture of your spaces and the people they serve that leverages the unparalleled breath of systems within our reach. Transform digitally, while using Companion to keep people at the center of it all.

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Companion: Integrations, support, and partnership

Make sure experiences are seamless on Day 1 and continue building value over time with scale. Companion creates buildings that power people’s missions & drive IoT strategy based on real outcomes and comes with all the great benefits of Johnson Controls capabilities and scale.

  • Trust our team to understand the occupant journey & integrate with purpose & expertise.
  • Unify multiple systems into one experience with confidence.
  • If a system is not in our partner list, we’ll integrate it for you.
  • Johnson Controls has a global footprint with installation, testing & occupant support.
  • We are here when you need us, no matter where you are.
  • Add new value to Companion as underlying systems change or work practices.
  • Johnson Controls is a trusted technology partner helping set IoT standards & create value.

Re-enter and Re-imagine Your Spaces

Enlist occupants in the building-wide defense against infection and risk. Companion helps safely respond to Covid-19 by informing and engaging people while supporting new ways to flex spaces as you find your new normal. Offer temporary desk and locker reservations, enforce rotational schedules, share updated
policies, use phones as badges, offer emergency help as needed, and more.

When Companion is paired with other Johnson Controls products, solutions, and services, the layers of protection extend from improved air flow to informed occupant flow.

And when the crisis is over, use Companion to optimize your new normal, creating experiences that connect people in just the ways we’ve all been missing.

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