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Samsung, ABB target commercial buildings with new partnership

Samsung said its SmartThings platform allows users to monitor and control ABB’s portfolio of devices, like cameras and sensors


South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics announced a partnership with global technology company ABB to expand Samsung SmartThings integration into commercial and residential buildings.

“With SmartThings, Samsung has been able to create an eco-system of smart appliances making homes smarter and more efficient,” said Chanwoo Park, head of IoT Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to build on that by partnering with ABB to expand the SmartThings experience to new customers making it easier for consumers to reduce costs and create positive environmental impact.”

Samsung noted that the ABB-free@home automation solution controls a host of building equipment including access, detection, communication and climate systems for residential and commercial buildings. Integrating ABB-free@home with Samsung SmartThings creates a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions providing easy access to monitor and control building technologies, Samsung said.

Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung and ABB will develop a cloud-to-cloud integration allowing consumers of both ABB- free@home and SmartThings broader access and control.

With Samsung’s SmartThings platform, users can monitor and control ABB’s portfolio of devices, like cameras, sensors and comfort systems integrated with SmartThings, allowing users to access their smart home features with a single application.

“Energy efficient buildings reduce unnecessary energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and costs. Samsung and ABB’s integrated energy management systems run high-impact energy applications like refrigerators, washers, dryers, HVAC, etc. with more efficient usage models. Energy and power meters provide users with up-to-date data on energy costs allowing users to strategize appliance usage to reduce overall costs,” Samsung said. “And, as buildings are estimated to generate nearly 40% of annual global CO2 emissions, a smart home integrated with renewable energy equipment, like photovoltaic inverters and chargers from ABB’s lineup can fulfill energy consumption needs while reducing CO2 emissions created from other energy sources,” the Korean firm added.

ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The company has four, customer-focused businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion and Robotics & Discrete Automation.

Last year, ABB had announced an investment in Montreal-based startup BrainBox AI as part of the firm’s strategy to make buildings smarter while improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Launched in 2019, BrainBox AI uses artificial intelligence to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions from Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in commercial buildings.

This investment and strategic engagement allow ABB’s Smart Buildings division to combine its existing portfolio of digital solutions, particularly the ABB Ability Building Ecosystem, with BrainBox AI’s predictive, self-adaptive and scalable cloud-based artificial intelligence.

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