ABB and Philips partner in commercial building automation
By Anthony Capkun
“The future is the ability to reconfigure spaces at the touch of a button while reducing energy consumption,” noted Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s Low-Voltage Products division (photo). “ABB and Philips will work together to offer a simple, scalable solution to streamline the introduction of this technology in commercial buildings.’’
Combining Philips’ expertise in LED lighting systems with ABB’s knowledge of building automation will benefit systems integrators, commercial building owners, facility managers and the people who work in these buildings, say the partners.
Philips’ lighting system will interface with ABB’s automation software to offer the ability to control a commercial environment, including lighting, blinds, building access and heating, and HVAC. In a shopping complex, for example, a building manager can reconfigure the access, HVAC and lighting when a single unit is split into smaller ones.
Currently, reconfiguring different building systems requires entering lines of code for each separate element, say the partners. By enabling the control of all the different elements of building automation through compatible software, building management is simpler, and more affordable to install and maintain.