Johnson Controls Making Buildings More Efficient, Nokia Wants Lead in Smartphone Mapping, Ford C-Max Going for Extended Range

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John­son Con­trols Cloud-based App Gen­er­ates Build­ing Effi­cien­cy
John­son Con­trols today opened a new cloud-based appli­ca­tions mar­ket­place intend­ed to help com­mer­cial-build­ing own­ers and oper­a­tors save ener­gy and mon­ey. Among the 17 apps, users can keep track of ten­ants’ util­i­ties, mon­i­tor build­ings’ ener­gy per­for­mance and dis­play the amount of car­bon emis­sions each build­ing, or group of build­ings, is respon­si­ble for. Five of these apps were devel­oped by third par­ties on the Panop­tix plat­form.

Nokia Com­pet­ing for Smart­phone Map­ping Posi­tion
Nokia is tak­ing bold moves that cross­es into com­pet­i­tive mar­kets to pro­vide wide rang­ing map­ping for Apple’s iOS under the HERE brands, and has made a brows­er map deal with Google com­peti­tor Mozil­la. It will also devel­op ref­er­ence sys­tems for Android devel­op­ers as it fights its way into the smart­phone busi­ness. Nokia is tak­ing on Apple direct­ly with apps you just don’t find on Apple Maps.

Ford’s C-Max Ener­gi Tap­ping into GPS for Extend­ed Range
To make its new C-Max Ener­gi com­pet­i­tive with the Toy­ota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Ford engi­neers have writ­ten a set of algo­rithms called EV+ that tap the car’s GPS to learn dri­ving habits and then mod­i­fy bat­tery usage so the vehi­cle stays in elec­tric mode as long as pos­si­ble. Once EV+ rec­og­nizes that the dri­ver is in route to going home or oth­er famil­iar loca­tion where charg­ing usu­al­ly hap­pens, the sys­tem will keep tap­ping the bat­tery rather than switch to the gaso­line engine to con­serve ener­gy.

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