ABB joins new partnership programme with Signify

(Germany) – ABB enters a partnership with Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) by unveiling a new range of smart light switches at the IFA trade show, Berlin.

Aimed at encouraging companies to develop devices, applications and systems that interact with its smart lighting ecosystem Philips Hue, the Friends of Hue programme has attracted many of the market’s leading technology providers including Amazon, Apple and Google.

ABB’s new range of Friends of Hue smart light switches integrates with the Philips Hue lighting system via the Hue bridge. This allows users to set up their light switch in the Philips Hue app and control and personalise home lighting and ambience via an ABB Friends of Hue switch.

Paavo Tammisto, Global Product Group Manager of ABB’s Wiring Accessories said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership between Signify and ABB. Both of our companies share a vision for fully connected smart homes with the ability to control every aspect of lighting from a single remote access point.”

The new ABB switches can turn lights on and off, dim specific bulbs and recall stored light presets. A Friends of Hue-specific energy harvesting module is due to be integrated in to the ABB ranges carat, solo, Busch-axcent and future linear. The new Friends of Hue light switches from ABB will be available in Q1/2019.