Johnson Controls Acquires Tempered Networks

♦ Johnson Controls Acquires Tempered Networks – Johnson Controls will now roll out the highly secure Tempered Networks platform across its OpenBlue AI-enabled platform and embed its technology in its products and services.

Johnson Controls reports it has acquired zero trust cybersecurity provider Tempered Networks. Based in Seattle, Tempered Networks has created ‘Airwall’ technology, an advanced self-defence system for buildings that can enable secure network access across diverse groups of endpoint devices, edge gateways, Cloud platforms and service technicians.

“When it comes to buildings, we must create easily implementable cybersecurity defenses as we’re often dealing with critical infrastructure, including assets such as data centers and hospitals,” says Vijay Sankaran, vice president and chief technology officer, Johnson Controls.

“Tempered Networks Airwall approach is purpose-built for our sector as it’s designed around principles of zero trust, securing device communications as data moves between devices and the Cloud — so enabling remote building optimization in the most trusted way possible.”

Johnson Controls says the acquisition gives the company the capability to provide zero trust security within the fabric of its OpenBlue secure communications stack, advancing its vision of enabling fully autonomous buildings that are inherently resilient to cyberattack.

OpenBlue is a flexible computing approach for converging building technologies and making those technologies more insightful, powerful and optimized through edge AI and through full machine learning in the Cloud. The ultimate goal is to make all buildings smarter, healthier and more sustainable.

Johnson Controls says the integration of Tempered Networks’ security technology further builds on other recent acquisitions, including Foghorn, whose technology is taking the company’s edge AI capability to new levels for compute-constrained devices. It also complements partnerships with Pelion and DigiCert to provide advanced secure device management and digital trust for smart building technology.

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