Smarter and smarter homes

ABB is partnering with other market leaders to deliver an integrated experience for consumers

IFA is the biggest fair for consumer electronics and electronic home appliances in the world. It will probably house the highest density of communication standards, under one roof, anywhere on the planet.

Sounds exciting, but what it really means is that the smart home market is so diverse that the systems and solutions seen by IFA’s visitors, don’t always speak the same language and my clever colleagues want to help put this right.

Luckily, this year, ABB will announce the Smarter Home developer program from its Group member Busch-Jaeger that provides an open protocol smart home software platform for all home appliances, devices and services, making it easy and secure for a wide range of products to communicate with each other. Consumers will be able to seamlessly and intuitively tailor their appliances and devices, regardless of brand, to create exactly the atmosphere they choose – so it’s party central, or a library atmosphere for study!

Using ABB-free@home® system, consumers can control up to 65 functions easily from lighting, blinds, and security through to heating, on a control panel, via tablet or smart phone, even remotely, and now using the same open home automation platform they can integrate their Amazon Alexa, Sonos wireless sound system and Miele and BSH home appliances (owners of the Bosch, Neff, Siemens brands).

Because ABB has opened up its system to work with all other technology developers, the owner of automated home will have access to a wider range of functionality in the home, enabling for example, the energy from the rooftop solar system to link directly to your washing machine or heating element or connect a home emergency service to sensors that show that your Granny didn’t put the kettle on for her 8am cup of tea.

As we get more and more used to tech, why not create the best possible experience in your home. Just think where this sector has come in the last few years and what opportunities it opens up for the kind of experience we used to just watch in a film, right in the comfort of your living room.

To read more

ABB unveils expanded free@home solution

ABB takes smart home experience to new heights with Amazon and Sonos solutions

ABB facilitates new networking opportunities for external developers

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Lynette Jackson

Lynette Jackson, is head of communications for the Electrification Products division of ABB. She has worked in the engineering and technology sector for many years and is interested in how organizations can mitigate their impact on the environment and make a difference with their innovations.
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