By Anthony Capkun
May 6, 2022 – ABB announced it will collaborate with Samsung Electronics in a global partnership to provide “jointly developed technologies for energy savings, energy management, and the smart Internet of Things (IoT) connection of both residential and commercial buildings”.
“We imagine a future where our customers can benefit from significant carbon and energy savings by further improving access to fully integrated and holistic, smart building technology,” said Mike Mustapha, president, ABB Smart Buildings.
“Partnering with a major technology innovation leader like Samsung Electronics further supports ABB’s vision and offering to connect whole buildings with open and agnostic solutions, and to deliver insights on total energy consumption, including elements such as electric vehicle charging,” added Mustapha. “This not only minimizes the carbon footprint from the built environment but delivers a seamless and engaging user experience.”
ABB says the collaboration will enable them to expand customer access to home automation technologies and better device management while facilitating electricity load shifting.
“By connecting the Samsung SmartThings application and ABB home automation solutions, for example, residents will be able to use their personal devices to monitor and manage a full spectrum of white goods, as well as gas and smoke sensors, energy, security, and comfort systems from a single application,” says ABB. “Proactively managing appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines to operate off-peak, for example, assures grid optimization and lower energy costs.”
In addition to the home automation solutions, the two companies intend to expand the collaboration between Samsung Electronics’ HVAC products and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) room control system and the ABB HVAC control system for commercial buildings and multi-dwelling developments.
“The simplicity of just two vendors coming together in this way adds ease to smart buildings projects for construction companies and property developers, too,” said Chanwoo Park, Head of IoT Business, Samsung Electronics. “For retrofitting existing buildings, or new sites, with a single source for solutions, they can be assured that products will integrate and work seamlessly together. It also enhances the after sales experience, because there is just one platform for the whole system.”