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 portfolio of digital solutions.
ABB's global product manager of Building Automation, Axel Kaiser, said voice control is one of the fastest growing areas in the smart building market and this is the smartest device available.
While many products are only compatible with either Amazon, Google or Apple, Kaiser said 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,” he said.
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,” Kaiser said.
“It will also detect any motion or occupancy within the property, giving added reassurance to the homeowner when they are away from the house.”