First KNX control system to integrate three major voice activation platforms

2018-03-19 - ABB delivers market’s first voice activated KNX control system that works with Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomeKit

ABB has launched Busch-VoiceControl® KNX, a new voice activated KNX control system and the first to be compatible with the big three market leaders in voice control devices – Amazon, Google and Apple.

Capable of managing a range of building functions including lighting, heating and window blinds, the Busch-VoiceControl® KNX can manage up to 99 functions and is fully configurable via the secure and simple to use MyBuildings portal, powered by ABB Ability™, the company’s cloud based, industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions.

Axel Kaiser, Global Product Manager of ABB Building Automation said: “Voice control is one of the fastest growing areas in the smart building market and we believe this is the smartest device available. While many products are only compatible with either Amazon, Google or Apple, this is the first certified device for KNX that can be used with all three simultaneously. Digitalization is a key driver for our business. Whereas remote access and control of building systems was once viewed as an add-on, the combination of automation and data exchange is now at the heart of our new product development.”

The Busch-VoiceControl® KNX acts as a bridge to Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple’s HomeKit devices. It enables users to control a range of functions, including light switching and dimming, the operation of window blinds and thermostat settings.

Thanks to the Busch-VoiceControl® KNX device it is possible to receive information about the current status of the building, including room temperature, light intensity and humidity. It will also detect any motion or occupancy within the property, giving added reassurance to the homeowner when they are away from the house.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

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Natalie Hodges

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Electrification Products Division
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