ABB to demonstrate the future of smart buildings today at Light & Building 2016

2016-03-08 - Cutting-edge technology presented at the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building

ABB, a global leader in power and automation, will demonstrate the future of smart homes and buildings at its 1,400 square meter exhibition space at the 2016 Light & Building event in Frankfurt Germany. ABB will highlight how its broad range of solutions increase energy efficiency, reliability and productivity for buildings and make life easier for its customers, channel partners and end consumers.

With a range of interactive and experiential displays, ABB will showcase the capabilities of its ABB, Busch-Jaeger and Striebel & John branded solutions.

Highlights will include commercial building automation solutions; the next generation of its free@home smart home system; a demonstration of the energy savings potential of the world’s first circuit breaker and power manager, Emax2; and a new suite of engineering software, e-Design.

ABB will also showcase its collaboration with PointGrab for the first time. PointGrab provides detailed information about activity within buildings to effectively support energy-saving, facility management, occupant comfort and safety, as well as business intelligence, by using machine learning algorithms to use visual signals for detailed analytics. ABB’s corporate venture capital arm, ABB Technology Ventures, recently announced an investment in PointGrab.

Adalbert Neumann, head of sales and marketing for ABB’s Building Products business, said: “ABB along with its Busch-Jaeger business is at the cutting edge of smart homes and buildings. We continue to innovate and explore partnerships to ensure that we can deliver efficiency, security and comfort in commercial and residential buildings. A good example of such collaborations is our relationship with PointGrab. This company has an advanced solution, which complements the technology of ABB, so we are exploring how we can work together to bring solutions to market even quicker.

“At the Light & Building event, we are able to demonstrate how the Internet of Things, Service and People enables rapid development in a number of fields to improve the experience our industrial customers can deliver and the comfort, security and convenience that people can receive in their own homes. We have some exciting new solutions that will be shown for the first time ever in March this year.”

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

Technology highlights include:

  • ABB-free@home® – the next generation of this smart home solution will be demonstrated for the first time, as well as the voice-activation functionality. The system controls up to 60 functions in the home and is a breakthrough thanks to the ease of installation and simple user interface, which opens up the possibility of a smart home to a new range of customers
  • Commercial building automation - as more and more products are connected, a strong, stable Internet Protocol connection becomes crucial. New ABB IP routers support the growing Internet of Things, Services and People.
  • Safety lighting – ABB will showcase its latest lighting solutions for hazardous areas, from the DTS brand and its ABB Kaufel products, Primora and Serenga exit signs and escape route illumination.
  • Emax2 and the Ekip Power Controller - the system is designed to limit the average power consumption in any defined time interval to a pre-determined maximum value. The system supports building operators to reduce energy consumption and building operating costs.
  • e-Design software – a new suite of engineering software to make it easier to design and plan the electrical installation system in a full range of building projects

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