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MILWAUKEE, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls announced today that it has joined the Cisco® Digital Ceiling community as a founding building automation partner. The Digital Ceiling framework provides a platform that delivers better user experiences through the convergence of the IT network and building technologies, including lighting, heating, cooling, security, motion detection, and other sensors and actuators.

"Building owners and operators are looking to us to identify how technology can support their business outcomes, reduce costs and minimize risks," said Jim Nannini, vice president, North America Building Wide Systems Integration (BWSI), Johnson Controls. "As more data becomes available, Johnson Controls' system integration capabilities allow building owners and operators to make more insightful decisions for smarter, connected and secure buildings."

Johnson Controls shares Cisco's belief that the Digital Ceiling framework offers building owners and operators one way to apply the benefits of the Internet of Things throughout facilities, and create "transformative new experiences" for building users that will significantly improve the productivity, safety and comfort of building occupants.

"Cisco is excited to continue to build on our growing relationship with Johnson Controls and welcome them as one of our founding partners to help bring the Digital Ceiling to life," said Tony Shakib, vice president, IoT verticals business unit, Cisco. "The company's leadership position as one of the most experienced building integrators, and its extensive line card of building technologies and customer relationships, will help shape and accelerate this business transformation."

Johnson Controls and Cisco have a long-standing history of successful collaboration to drive real business value for customers, and have been working together in a global alliance since 2008, focused on helping enable the seamless integration of building and information technologies.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and seating components and systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls' Building Efficiency

Johnson Controls' Building Efficiency has an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings. Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of distribution channels, Building Efficiency's breadth of offerings help building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK®, Sabroe®, Hitachi and Metasys® as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions. For more information, visit or follow @JCI_BEnews.


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