ABB panel intelligently controls smart buildings

  • March 11, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

At last week’s Light + Building show in Germany ABB introduced a multifunctional touch display glass panel for the intelligent control of high-quality residential buildings, meeting rooms, offices, public buildings and premium hotels.

The RoomTouch 4 has an updated flat design and is for integration with the firm’s ABB-free@home and i-Bus KNX building automation systems.

The panels have user-friendly, intuitive and customisable interfaces from which all building functions can be controlled. By using gestures familiar to users of mobile phones and tablets such as tapping, swiping and scrolling, users can open blinds with a swipe up or close them with a swipe down, turn lights on or off with a tap, and create personalised room scenes. The haptic vibration feedback and animated light guide add to the intuitiveness and smooth user experience.

It is sensor-controlled. The device has a proximity, temperature and brightness sensor as well as day and night modes. The multisensor has room temperature control for heating and cooling. Function actions are displayed on up to 12 operating pages with haptic feedback and vibration during operation making interactions more intuitive and engaging.

The panel integrates scene actuators, weekly timers, notifications and logic functions with ABB-free@home ( via the system access point as well as optionally with i-Bus KNX ( system, using KNX as the standard communication protocol for smart homes and buildings. This offers users enhanced control, customisation and usability, contributing to a more comfortable, efficient and convenient living, or working environment.

With its modern and flat design, the panel is available in black and white colours. The in-plane switching (IPS) display can be read from different viewing angles. This also allows installation at switch height.

“The new ABB RoomTouch 4 covers all bases for the easy control of building functions and combines high-quality materials in a sleek flat design,” said Olaf Quittmann, global product manager at ABB. “Offering maximum functionality in just one standard switch box, ABB RoomTouch 4 can be installed quickly and without special accessories. For users, the interactive interface makes it intuitive and engaging.”

The device seamlessly complements the room control functionality of the established RoomTouch 5 control panel (, which can be mounted in either landscape or portrait orientation, serving as the primary control centre for smart homes. Together, they deliver an integrated smart home experience, extending beyond a single central location to encompass individual rooms.

Building on over 140 years of experience, ABB ( has more than 105,000 employees.