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Johnson Controls, well established at One Albert Quay

The spacious café at One Albert Quay, where Johnson Controls staff enjoy panoramic views of Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins.

By Edward Byrne in association with Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is now firmly established at One Albert Quay, Ireland’s smartest building.

Three years on and One Albert Quay has not just become Johnson Controls’ home, but it is also an active, living showroom for all of the cutting-edge technologies the firm develops.

When customers visit Johnson Controls Cork, they enter a living laboratory of state-of-the-art products and solutions for buildings, whether it’s environmental controls, fire protection, safety or security.

One business unit which is driving high growth in Johnson Controls is the Digital Solutions team.

Johnson Controls Vice-President and General Manager Ireland Donal Sullivan.

Donal Sullivan, in addition to his role as vice president and general manager for Ireland, leads the Connected Converged Security team under Digital Solutions.

Johnson Controls is creating the next generation of security solutions for new threat landscapes, like insider threat, IP protection and new digital tools to solve these issues.

Our teams continue to scale, a great example is our Technical Communications team.

They centralised and consolidated our global operations for technical content out of the Cork office, building out significant scale in this key function.

This is no traditional tech comms team though. The staff are tasked with devising innovative ways to present the essential technical information that people need to operate Johnson Controls’ technology.

They work on cutting-edge knowledge delivery techniques around Augmented Reality, mobile delivery and embedded instruction.

“Cork has proved to be an ideal home for this global function,” said Jim Young, Technical Communications Global Director at Johnson Controls.

“The skills and drive of the workforce here are second to none, the time zone allows us to develop content with global teams from Shanghai to San Jose, as we say, and also local institutions, from the IDA, to city council, to CIT, and UCC, have been great partners in building out this world-class function to serve every corner of Johnson Controls.”

Embedded within the local community

Talk of local partnerships reaches into other areas, too. The company is keen to embed itself within the community in Cork, and does so through a range of initiatives, such as blood drives, sponsored sleepouts and food collections for Saint Vincent de Paul.

Johnson Controls also sponsors Cork City Sports and sends a large annual contingent to the iWish conference.

iWish is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM.

Speaking of which, Johnson Controls’ Women in Technology (WIT) scheme is a similar flagship project.

The mission of the program is to provide a hands-on learning experience, aiming to inspire, educate and encourage young women to advance their education and careers in STEM.

WIT has now expanded its reach from three to five local schools — with Coláiste an Phiarsaigh and St Patrick’s secondary schools joining St Angela’s, St Aloysius and St. Vincent’s in the program.

Altogether, 20 pupils will have the chance to learn about technology on live projects, which is invaluable experience.

In all, Johnson Controls foresees a bright future, building on its strong record of success. The team in Cork continues to build capability and help the company globally meet clients’ needs, in how they construct, operate, occupy, maintain and sustain their buildings.

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