By Arlen Schweiger, Security Sales & Integration
December 14, 2018
Smart homes, smart buildings, smart security integration business practices … these days United Technologies Corp. (UTC) is aiming to raise the security industry’s IQ as many ways as possible.
SSI’s annual Technology Issue presented the perfect opportunity, too, to check in on this wide-reaching company, whose Climate, Controls & Security group in particular is capping off a year in which it has undergone significant changes.
Foremost was the opening in April of the Center for Intelligent Buildings, which not only combines state-of-the-art technologies showcasing the interoperability between the company’s many brands but also serves as UTC Climate, Controls & Security global headquarters (plus members of UTC’s Otis Americas group) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
So along with highlighting the fire and security, building automation, heating and cooling and other interconnected capacities as an experience center for visitors, the building represents an ultra-modern workplace where UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s own access control, mobile application and many more technologies create daily comforts and customized conditions for employees.
Among the myriad brands serving up the smarts at the Center for Intelligent Buildings — which makes room for a residential technology showcase in addition to the commercial building intelligence — are Lenel and Interlogix, which have been busy in 2018 as well with 2019 expected to continue that momentum.
Lenel is now known as LenelS2 following UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s acquisition of Framingham, Mass.-based enterprise solutions provider S2 Security, finalized in October.
Meanwhile, Interlogix has extended its footing in the smart home by rolling out products like the UltraSync video doorbell camera this year and plans to further efforts in the SMB and commercial spaces next year.
SSI visited the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings this fall, fresh off the S2 news, and along with a tour of the facility (see slideshow) took the opportunity to discuss the building and more with Alex Housten, vice president & general manager, Fire & Security Products, UTC Climate, Controls & Security.
Additionally, conversations with LenelS2 President Jeff Stanek and Interlogix General Manager Mike Chiavacci lend insights into those leading brands.