Siemens Building Technologies Division has acquired Building Robotics Inc, which is best known for its product, the workspace app Comfy.
Comfy directly integrates with existing building automation, IT networks and IoT systems to provide on-demand control and smart automation. The app allows employees to adjust the temperature and lighting conditions, with preferred preferences learned over time. Users can also book desks and rooms through the app, as well as log maintenance requests.
Comfy and its founding company will now be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry Inc, though co-founders CEO Andrew Krioukov and CTO Stephen Dawson-Haggerty will remain in their current position in the management team of Building Robotics Inc.
Both parties have agreed not to disclose any figures. Closing is expected in the third quarter of 2018.
Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies, said of the acquisition: “This move further strengthens our leadership position in smart buildings.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.”
“Comfy has successfully redefined the way people interact with their workplaces,” said Andrew Krioukov, CEO and co-founder of Building Robotics Inc. “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 leverages expertise in machine learning, UX design and enterprise service to develop software solutions for building operators and occupants. The start-up has leading enterprise customers in major markets such as the US, Australia, Singapore and India.
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