From sports stadiums to future functions
Accenture and JCI entered a five-year partnership to deploy software delivery methodologies, training and tools to first progress the large world sporting event project. This would be the foundation for establishing a customizable delivery network for serving a much broader segment of clients.
The project helped incorporate virtual reality, 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), ML, cybersecurity, digital twins and IoT into OpenBlue. To kick it off, both companies formed a cross-functional development team to assess the project status and delivery requirements. The team then applied a structured approach to accelerate the set-up of the stadiums’ IoT system, which was built on millions of datapoints from security, safety, climate control, IT and energy systems.
Complex visualizations such as mapping real-time data into 3D construction models, was then undertaken to create digital replicas of all eight stadiums. Facilities operators can now use these digital twins to model, analyze and make decisions on maintenance, upgrades and sustainability. Building on early successes the team created custom platform features and enhancements for the sporting tournament, such as APIs connecting OpenBlue to different subsystems within the stadiums.
Taking OpenBlue’s delivery and development partnership to the next level, teams of dedicated, specialized delivery talent was assembled to build out the platform for JCI’s growing portfolio of customers across industries and geographies. These global teams would comprise what would soon be called OpenBlue Innovation Centers.
These Accenture-operated centers complement JCI’s existing network of eight research and development facilities and are staffed with skilled software platform build and delivery teams. The centers integrate Accenture’s own software delivery methodologies, training and tools (like virtual reality, 5G, AI, ML, cybersecurity, digital twins and IoT) into the OpenBlue platform, providing JCI’s people best-in-class processes for agile software development.