Johnson Controls announced today it has acquired the remaining stake of Qolsys Inc., a leading residential and commercial security and smart home manufacturer, after owning a majority since 2014. The Qolsys founders and leadership team will remain in Silicon Valley assuming key roles in the Johnson Controls global intrusion business.
“Qolsys has grown from a startup to a leading security platform provider with over 4,000 dealers and service providers worldwide,” said Jeff Williams, president of global products, Johnson Controls. “Johnson Controls sees long-term opportunities to bring Silicon Valley innovation and culture to our broader cloud-enabled IoT solutions in building management, fire and HVAC businesses. The opportunity to acquire Qolsys allows Johnson Controls to achieve operational efficiencies and scale across our global markets, while further enhancing the suite of products and services offered on our digital platform, OpenBlue.”
Qolsys continues to show consistent growth of services and dealers, which led to $150 million in revenue during fiscal year 2019.
“As the world becomes more connected and the innovation curve continues to ramp at unprecedented speed, we are excited to join Johnson Controls,” said Dave Pulling, Qolsys CEO. Pulling will become vice president and general manager of the global intrusion products business for Johnson Controls, which had $500 million in revenue in fiscal year 2019. “We are committed to our customers in the security channel while continuing to invest in our roadmap and emerging verticals around the globe. This is a major milestone in our 10-year journey to disrupt and transform the security industry with advanced cloud-enabled solutions that transcend traditional intrusion offerings including advanced automation, energy management, apartment management, building management and wellness for aging in place.”
Johnson Controls now boasts the combined volume of Qolsys, DSC, Bentel, Visonic, PowerG and Tyco products for its global intrusion business.
Qolsys recently announced roadmap products including the IQ Hub, a lower-priced, third-generation IQ Panel; the IQ Router, a next-generation mesh networking solution to address the complex connected home; IQ Water, a connected water shutoff valve designed for mass market retrofit; and a fourth generation IQ Panel due in 2021 with Qualcomm chipset supporting AI, M2M and next generation connectivity.
Johnson Controls will offer Qolsys products throughout global markets. The IQ Panel 2 Plus and a full line of security and home automation devices are available today from authorized Qolsys distributors.