At IFA 2019, ABB launched its new open API platform that is set to unlock the potential for a new era of smart home automation. The open API platform in the professional smart home sector can help deliver full electric appliance integration to developers and partners.
As a first, ABB will be officially certified for KNX integration with Sonos through ABB i-bus® KNX Busch-ControlTouch. As announced last year, ABB also works closely with Signify to control ambient lighting through its Philips Hue switches. The integration of Miele appliances and B/S/H devices via the API of ABB-free@home can be expected for end of 2019.
The decision to open its API follows on the success of several recent high-profile installations that have used integration to drive successful outcomes. In the hotel sector, ABB recently partnered with Betterspace 360 to develop a customized hotel room service application through integration with ABB-free@home. Betterspace 360 provides digital solutions from the lobby to the hotel room in the hospitality sector. Integrating data from the ABB-free@home system and further applications inside the hotel room into a customized tablet interface, guests can easily control all hotel functions, from lighting to the coffee maker or ordering room service, from one simple device.
Access to the API platform is possible via the MyBuildings Portal powered by ABB’s cloud-enabled digital platform ABB Ability.