COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The IPSO Alliance, an international non-profit group advancing greater awareness for Internet Protocol (IP)-connected smart objects, has announced the addition of 12 companies to its roster, including Johnson Controls.

IPSO’s corporate members, which now number 51 companies, have come together to raise awareness of the use of established Internet Protocols in creating linked networks of physical objects - from HVAC and appliances to sophisticated communications devices.

A so-called “smart object” is any device that combines processing power, communications capabilities, and a power source to provide real-time information to a computer system. Integration of the Internet Protocol, which allows the Internet to run smoothly, in turn allows smart objects to communicate directly with one another over the existing global network following a proven protocol that has been in place for nearly 35 years. The IP framework additionally provides scalability, an important feature for large organizations.

“This connectivity between physical objects across so many facets of our lives represents a quantum leap in the way technology will be applied in the coming century. It also explains why so many essential technology companies are joining in our efforts,” said IPSO Alliance Chairman Geoff Mulligan. “The numerous areas of life and platforms that will be impacted is reflected in the caliber of companies partnering with us in these early stages. We expect to see more well-known organizations joining with us in the months ahead.”

“The introduction of IP sensors and smart objects provide for holistic building operational efficiency by marrying IT systems with HVAC, energy, fire, security, and lighting systems,” commented Joseph Noworatzky, vice president of engineering for Johnson Controls. “This convergence of systems creates new synergies and applications for our customers not feasible across independent networks.”

IPSO said that applications of this platform are already being used in commercial and industrial facilities - including factories, hospitals, electric utilities, and government facilities - and are increasingly entering the consumer mainstream. The alliance said offerings from its members include:

• Wireless remote monitoring of a facility’s temperature and humidity;

• Remote monitoring of electricity consumption;

• Building automation, energy, and security management; and

• Building automation and smart energy home applications.

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Publication date:08/03/2009