By Renée Francoeur
April 1, 2015 – ABB, Robert Bosch GmbH and Cisco Systems Inc. recently confirmed an international joint venture called Mozaiq Operations GmbH to develop and operate an open-software platform for smart homes. The companies said 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, enabling them to tailor their appliances and devices, regardless of brand, to deliver an “unprecedented level of control, comfort and significantly improve energy efficiency,” said the companies. 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.
“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,” Mehta added.
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.