MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls Inc. has acquired Gridlogix, a software company based in St. Louis. According to Johnson Controls, the acquisition will enable deeper integration of IT into building management systems. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Johnson Controls stated that customers are seeking, and the company is committed to providing, integration of a myriad of operating systems throughout the enterprise into a single information source. The company said this acquisition allows the convergence of IT and building management systems, providing greater information on the impact these systems have on facilities.

“We are trying to help large and global organizations integrate, measure, manage, and reduce their energy costs through enhanced integration and systems management,” said Allen Martin, vice president and general manager - systems business of Johnson Controls. “With rising energy prices and increasing concern over the environment, organizations seek solutions - such as data on their key performance indicators - to help minimize the effects of market volatility.”

Gridlogix’s EnNET platform is designed to allow building management systems to interface with open protocol IT systems to better manage energy, maintenance, physical security, and compliance, which makes facilities more energy efficient and sustainable. The platform is currently operable in many global business segments, including data centers, government, higher education, and commercial facilities.

Gridlogix’s software combined with Johnson Controls Metasys building management system will allow facility managers greater and more secure connectivity to IT applications, the companies said. Users can also realize enhanced alarm response capabilities, and increased monitoring and reporting, thus allowing them to aggregate data for enterprise-based reports. Equipped with this greater visibility to energy use, users can make intelligent real-time decisions.

“This is a natural integration of two companies who know that energy efficiency and sustainability are key business drivers for customers,” said John Daniel, executive vice president of business development for Gridlogix. “We look forward to seeing our solutions integrated into the Johnson Controls product family to serve and to bring greater benefits to customers the world over.”

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Publication date:10/27/2008