Honeywell is perhaps best known to the public for its hardware. But like fellow Fortune 500 conglomerate GE, Honeywell has invested aggressively in software development and what’s known as the Internet of Things (IoT), or the networked communication through the cloud of machines and sensors.
The new software center will handle much of the IoT development for the company across all divisions.
“We’re proud that Atlanta will be the pan-Honeywell place to create next generation software offering that will be sitting at the center of our connected products,” said Krishna Mikkilneni, Honeywell senior vice president of engineering, operations and information technology.
Deal said Georgia Tech was a “vital” part of the recruitment of the company.
The Atlanta area’s rebound from the recession has been marked by a surge in technology jobs. Companies including Sage Software, athenahealth, Equifax, Global Payments and Worldpay are among the major corporations that have announced significant new technology operations in the metro area amid the slow but steady recovery.
NCR, the maker of ATMs, retail checkout systems and travel kiosks, is another company doing much the same thing. NCR announced plans last year to move its headquarters from Gwinnett County to Midtown to tap into the talent emerging out of Georgia Tech.
The company is also exploring plans to expand its future headquarters even as the first phase is under construction. NCR said in recent weeks its headquarters also will be home to a new innovation lab.
Honeywell has more than 1,000 workers in Georgia currently in numerous locations, including a cyber security lab in Gwinnett County.