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Samsung C&T and ABB Enter Agreement to Expand Smart Building Capabilities

November 14, 2023

Samsung C&T and ABB Enter Agreement to Expand Smart Building Capabilities

Samsung C&T’s property management system to integrate with ABB home automation, to extend smart connectivity from whole properties down to individual units

  • Samsung C&T’s property management system to integrate with ABB home automation, to extend smart connectivity from whole properties down to individual units
  • New collaboration will empower multi-dwelling residents to benefit from a single user interface across all Samsung C&T and ABB smart home technologies
  • Partnership will explore joint innovation opportunities for commercial and residential property managers, particularly in automation, energy management and service systems

To improve the livability and energy efficiency of large residential, commercial and multi-dwelling residential buildings, ABB Smart Buildings and Samsung C&T Corporation Engineering & Construction Group (‘Samsung C&T’) have entered a new global agreement to jointly deliver integrated, holistic building automation, reliable energy distribution, and energy management solutions. This follows a separate global agreement signed with Samsung Electronics in April 2022 to drive holistic residential smart building technology through the integration of ABB-free@home® and Samsung SmartThings.

The deal signals an intention to integrate holistic building solutions, such as Samsung C&T’s Homeniq smart home platform, the ABB-free@home® system and the ABB i-bus® KNX that can significantly widen potential home and building services under one property management tool. Able to choose between the Homeniq app, the ABB-free@home® app and ABB wall panels, this will allow building residents to control all Samsung C&T and ABB smart home devices from a single user interface. Intended to meet the increasing customer demand for integrated, easy-to-use, and flexible products and solutions, the partnership is a further milestone in enabling greater energy management, lower energy costs and improved quality of life.  

The new ability to manage and monitor all energy grid systems within properties is also expected to lower connection charges by reducing power peaks and accelerate return on investment from photovoltaic (PV) equipment.

Welcoming the new partnership, Lucy Han, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division, said, “This exciting new agreement with Samsung C&T is another important step forward in expanding our portfolio of seamless and comprehensive smart building technology and services and reflects our ongoing commitment to collaborating with partners to address global energy efficiency challenges.Lucy Han, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division

“Our commitment to open technologies and industry interoperability standards is ongoing and today’s announcement extends our portfolio for commercial and large residential developments to the property management level.”Hyejung Helen Cho, Head of Life Solution Department at Samsung C&T

Hyejung Helen Cho, Head of Life Solution Department at Samsung C&T adds, “Construction companies, property developers and operators will also benefit from the convenience of a combined, one-stop-shop offering of Samsung C&T’s devices and ABB’s Smart Home control devices. The scope of the Samsung C&T platform demonstrates ongoing opportunities for developers to further upgrade the level of technology over time.”

Buildings are responsible for 40 percent1 of energy consumption and for 30 percent2 of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but fast evolving technologies promise to deliver significant reductions to these levels. The new agreement with Samsung C&T will lead to further combined innovation initiatives, with a partnership on a newly enhanced property management platform a focus. Following an initial proof of concept developed earlier this year in Korea, further joint pilot projects are currently being identified in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

1 (UNEP) https://www.euenergycentre.org/images/unep%20info%20sheet%20-%20ee%20buildings.pdf

https://www.eesi.org/topics/built-infrastructure/description

About Samsung C&T: Samsung C&T’s Engineering & Construction Group has more than 40 years of engineering and construction experience operating throughout the world. The group focuses on the following key areas: commercial and residential buildings, civil infrastructure and plant construction.

Samsung C&T is now moving forward to build new future beyond just construction business through offering of various technologies and solutions for sustainable future, with a new vision called Creating Future Scape. And now focusing on energy solutions, smart city, and platform services as our new business area to solve various social problems caused by changes in society and environment.

Find out more about Samsung C&T at https://news.samsungcnt.com

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-​efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com

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