Building Robotics, a startup in Oakland, California, developed a simple-to-use app called Comfy that enables people to take control of their environment and will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry as a vendor-agnostic platform provider. The two co-founders CEO Andrew Krioukov (above, right) and CTO Stephen Dawson-Haggerty will remain in their current positions and the value of the deal was not disclosed. It is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.
"This move further strengthens our leadership position in smart buildings," said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies. "With the Comfy app we will bring a consumer-like experience to commercial buildings that simplifies the interaction with buildings to increase employee productivity and engagement."
The Comfy app will allow Siemens Building Technologies to directly integrate with existing building automation, IT networks and IoT systems to provide on-demand control and smart automation, all within a single intuitive interface. At a time when smart technology is becoming a must-have in the office, employees can use the app to make immediate changes in temperature and lighting, book rooms and desks, and provide feedback on their space.
"Comfy has successfully redefined the way people interact with their workplaces," said Krioukov. "By joining Siemens, the global leader in total building solutions, we open up greater opportunities to accelerate the development of new functionalities, grow the open protocol ecosystem, and reach more people around the world."
Founded in 2012, the Comfy team has expertise in machine learning, interface design and enterprise service to develop software solutions for building operators and occupants.