Welcome to the smart home

2017-07-12 - Consumers demand smart installations, and in the Biological House, ABB shows how private homes can be made more comfortable and controlled from a single app.

At Denmark's largest building exhibition in HUSET Middelfart in Funen, it is possible to experience the sustainable housing of the future "The Biological House". The house, designed by the firm of architects EEN TIL EEN, is based on the concept of "Building in Balance", which combines sustainable principles and modern technology. As an example, this means that the house has been built of residues from agricultural industry, and ABB is a partner with regards technology.

Here ABB's smart home system for private homes has been installed - the so-called ABB-free@home®, which has been installed in a large number of private homes already in Denmark. Thus, the Biological House in the building exhibition in HUSET Middelfart in Denmark opens the doors to anyone who wants to experience the future of construction and the latest technology within intelligent installations.

“ABB-free@home has been developed to assemble all technical installations of the house in one system,” says Rasmus Trolle-Hemmingsen, Product Marketing manager from ABB Denmark. “What is unique is that lighting, heating, sound and much more are assembled in one system and controlled from a single app. The system has been designed to make it easy to install for the electrician and easy to operate for the residents in their everyday lives.”

With ABB-free@home, the entire home is controlled from a phone, a tablet or on displays and push buttons on the wall. The big difference is, for example, that the light is not activated by pressing one button at a time, but in preset scenarios. Scenarios are easy to set from the user-friendly app, where even a grandparent or a youngster can navigate around the big icons.

"You may describe it as quite complicated technology hidden behind a user-friendly interface," explains Rasmus Trolle-Hemmingsen. "Our consumers demand intelligent installations and comfort, and here they can have control of this with a single app. ABB-free@home is the kind of technology that the modern consumer wants today.”

Comfort as a sales parameter
It is possible to connect a wide range of components to ABB-free@home. Examples of connections are outdoor lighting with motion sensor and LED lamps that turn on automatically one hour before the sun goes down and turns off one hour after it has risen. In the connectors, there are radio and speakers, USB chargers, dimmers, antenna and data outlets and much more technology.

The house is keyless, as the system is integrated with the ABB-Welcome entry phone system, allowing access with a code. Here, residents can see who rings at the front door and unlock the door if a guest or a craftsman has to be let in when nobody is home.
An ABB-free@home installation can in this way be anything from simple light management to the whole large package of intelligent building management.

“For the installer, comfort will be a sales parameter. Many talk about energy management with LED’s and switch-all technology, but with today's construction, which is so well insulated and consumes so little energy, it is limited how much you can save,” emphasizes Rasmus Trolle-Hemmingsen. “Of course, energy savings are important, but it is much more comfort that generates added value for the consumer. The challenge is to design the best and most comfortable frames to live in.”

The Biological House with ABB-free@home can be experienced at the building exhibition in HUSET Middelfart, Denmark, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About ABB
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