ABB’s smart home app wins Red Dot Design Award

User experience earns free@home® app Next prestigious design prize

The ABB-free@home® app Next has earned a respected Red Dot Award for the outstanding design of its user interface. The win is a record third Red Dot Award of 2020 for ABB Smart Buildings.

Till Martensmeier, Head of UX/UI Design, ABB Smart Buildings, said: “Winning this Red Dot for our work on user experience design underlines how ABB is leading the way in smart home and building technology. The clarity and consistency of ABB’s design principles are what makes our interface so intuitive. The ABB-free@home® app Next smart home app demonstrates how our user-centric design process and extensive research is able to turn technological innovations into products that people love to use.”

Red Dot Design Awards recognize outstanding achievements in product and communication design. This year, the Red Dot Jury’s panel of international design experts placed a special focus on revolutionary designs, highlighting design work that best demonstrates progressive interactivity.

The ABB-free@home® app Next gives homeowners total control of their smart home solutions from a mobile device, from checking if windows have been left open, to switching off lights or turning up room temperatures. The app’s design makes it faster and more intuitive for users to manage the full suite of ABB-free@home® applications from any mobile device.

The free@home app offers additional features such as color lighting and music control, and integration of home appliances including coffee makers, ovens and washing machines. The user experience is further enhanced by voice control functionality with the most famous voice control devices supported.

The home screen ensures users have all the information they need at a glance. The beautifully designed interface enables users to manage and automate daily routines, controlling timers, scenes, and filter functionalities – with a single tap of their smartphone.

ABB-free@home® makes it simpler and quicker to operate individual devices as well as complete systems. Its user-focused design combines clarity, simplicity and speed, making key functions such as lighting, shading, temperature control and entertainment, convenient and natural.

Oliver Iltisberger, Managing Director of ABB’s Smart Buildings Division, comments: “These new additions make life with smart homes even more comfortable and convenient. The user experience design that makes the ABB-free@home® app Next so intuitive is the result of listening to customers and understanding their needs. It is part of ABB’s broader vision for smarter living, where technology works in partnership with consumers to create energy and user efficient spaces for the future.”

Demand for smart home solutions is expected to grow strongly in the next five years. Home safety, energy efficiency and digital lifestyles are key drivers for ABB’s smart home advances. With more than five million ABB-free@home® components already installed in homes worldwide, ABB is designing user experiences that enable smart buildings to make the integration of Internet of Things technology smoother and simpler.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.  

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to delivering safe, smart and sustain-able electrification. With ABB AbilityTM enabled digital solutions at its core, our portfolio protects, connects and optimizes the flow of electrical energy for smarter electricity distribution for utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit


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