On the IFA consumer electronics expo held in Berlin, ABB has unveiled the world's most developed, voice control home automation system. This latest innovation enables for the user to control over 60 features, covering the entire spectrum of typical home automation - lighting, heating, shutters and opening doors - by simply using their voice.
The system can be used on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer and it simplifies the control of numerous features that make the user's life easier, thus helping with creating the perfect home environment. After assigning names to the rooms and areas of the apartment, you can give orders pertaining to a certain, pre-set place. You can even set the system to acknowledge the commands by giving you a notification. So when you tell the system to "Lower shutters in the living room!", you get a voice message, answering "Shutters lowered in the living room." You can even ask questions like "Are the lights in the dining room turned off?", and you would get the answer in a matter of seconds.
ABB has implemented a hybrid speech-recognition program that combines grammar and statistically based models. This enables for the system to understand natural speech as well as simple commands. This is the reason why "Please turn on the lights in the kitchen!" works the same as "Kitchen, lights, on!". The built-in conversation processing unit uses algorithms to recognize the context and intent of the user. There is no need for the system to be taught anything new or specific, since the speech model can adapt to the commands based on the pre-installed command segments like the desired story, room name, and feature that is to be controlled. The system collects the required information from the context and its own extensive audio library, and if the command is not informative enough, the system asks for additional information.
As a further development, there is a new "Procedure" menu, that enables the user to combine different processes with the use of event-driven logic. For example the shutters of a certain room can be set to automatically close if that room's temperature rises above 25 °C, or if the motion sensor turns on, you can be notified in e-mail.