Midwest HVAC News
ABB, Bosch and Cisco
establish open-software venture to unify smart home technology.
joint venture mozaiq operations GmbH to offer an open protocol smart
home software platform for all home appliances, devices and
services, to simplify the experience for home owners
ABB, Robert Bosch GmbH and Cisco Systems Inc. today confirmed the
formation of an international joint venture called mozaiq operations
GmbH to develop and operate an open-software platform for smart
homes. The platform will help to unify today’s stand-alone solutions
for home automation and offer interoperability across devices.
The platform, to be developed by mozaiq operations GmbH, brings the
Internet of Things, Services and People into consumers’ homes,
making it easy and secure for a wide range of products to
communicate with each other.
Consumers will be able to seamlessly and intuitively tailor their
appliances and devices, regardless of brand, to deliver an
unprecedented level of control, comfort and significantly improve
energy efficiency. For example, on an unexpectedly hot day, either
from a click from a smart phone or through a pre-set instruction,
blinds in the home can be closed; the preset timer for the tumble
drier could be switched off; and all screen devices automatically
switched off for the children to go outside to play.
“This joint effort to develop an open-software platform for smart
homes fits perfectly with ABB’s strategy to leverage the expanding
opportunities of the Internet of Things, Services and People for
consumers and companies alike,” said Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s Low
Voltage Products Division.
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“ABB has a
comprehensive range of solutions for residential and commercial
buildings and is committed to driving innovation in this
exciting space. Collaborations such as mozaiq will ensure that
consumers have faster access to the best-possible technology."
The mozaiq software platform will create opportunities for a
range of new services by facilitating the simple, but secure
exchange of data between different types of devices and their
users. By creating a business ecosystem, ABB, Bosch and Cisco
seek to facilitate cooperation and accommodate stakeholders’
varying demands and perspectives as the software platform is
The interim head of mozaiq will be Dirk Schlesinger of Cisco
Internet Business Solutions Group. He will be based in
Frankfurt, Germany, until a permanent leader is appointed.
An innovative website has been created to provide more details
regarding the open software platform and create a hub for
customers of the joint venture at
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation
technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and
infrastructure customers to improve their performance while
lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies
operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000