frogblue company

Smart Home & Building 2.0

frogblue is a young, dynamic company based in Kaiserslautern in Germany. Leading-edge knowledge, many years of business experience and solid financing are the pillars of our innovation-based company philosophy. Our primary focus is on the rapidly growing market for intelligent living.

  • Dr Ralf Hinkel
    Chairman of the Board
  • Dr Hinkel was born in Mainz and studied computer science and electrical engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. In 1989, he received his doctorate there with a thesis on autonomous mobile robots for cleaning applications. Quadriga Lasertechnik GmbH, which he founded in Kaiserslautern, developed laser levels for Bosch, Würth, Stanley and Dewalt, using the newly emerging visible laser diode technology. After selling this company, he founded the listed company MOBOTIX AG in 1999 and developed network cameras and software for video security solutions as a technology leader in the field. With around 400 employees and an export ratio of 75%, a turnover of €86 million was achieved worldwide. These business start-ups, which were always linked to newly emerging basic technologies, underline his strengths as a visionary and innovative developer with a good feel for the market, as do distinctions such as the Philip Morris Research Prize and the "Jugend Forscht" youth research prize. His new ideas and his vision of making the Smart Home a reality, as a simple, wireless and easily affordable system, resulted in the establishment of frogblue AG in Munich, after the sale of his majority interest in MOBOTIX AG. Today, Dr Hinkel is the Chairman of the Board of frogblue and is responsible for the company strategy and product development.

  • René Hinkel
    Head of Development and Production
  • René Hinkel, laid the foundation stone for his career as a developer with the successful conclusion of a Cooperative State University Degree in electrical engineering. The direction of his future career path was already evident from his bachelor dissertation on dimmer electronics. In 2014 he founded the company Abionix GmbH together with his father, Dr Ralf Hinkel. This technology company later became frogblue TECHNOLOGY GmbH. As Head of Development and Production at frogblue and the creative force behind the frogs, he still takes responsibility for every layout and all certifications. The multi-channel dimmer that he developed has been patented. As part of the management team, René Hinkel works closely with his father, Dr Ralf Hinkel, in continuously developing new and innovative solutions for home and building automation. Besides the importance of high quality and reliability he also focuses on the easy installation and handling of the frogblue products.

  • Axel Kaiser
    Chief Sales Officer
  • In December 2018, Axel Kaiser was appointed Chief Sales Officer of frogblue AG. After more than 20 years of sales experience in the electrical industry at Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH, the business economist (BA) was last responsible for the global product management of the Smart Home, Smart Building, Door Intercom and IoTS divisions at the parent company ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.   With Axel Kaiser and his strategic and operational sales expertise, the management team of frogblue AG has gained an experienced expert from the electrical and smart home industry. His high affinity for intelligent technologies and interdisciplinary expertise strengthens the technological competence of frogblue AG and is a further guarantee for well-founded growth in the area of innovative Smart Home and Smart Building solutions.

    CSO Axel Kaiser

frogblue news

News concerning frogblue

Light + Building shifted: World's leading trade fair to take place in September 2020
Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Light + Building until the middle or end of September 2020. Therefore, we as exhibitors must also postpone our planned visit to the fair from 8 to 13 March 2020 to September. As soon as we have more information, we will inform you about the new date. In the meantime, we will of course keep you informed about the latest developments on our social media channels.
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frogblueDisplayOctober 2019 | Delivery start frogDisplay
The new frogDisplay is now available! Puristic and flat in a white glass design, it offers a high-resolution screen for controlling the Smart Home. It also connects the frogblue Smart Home to the Internet via WLAN. The complete technology of the display fits into a deep flush-mounted box and is based on Bluetooth LE – just like the other components of the system. Thus the frogDisplay integrates perfectly into the robust mesh network of frogblue.
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October 2019 | ArchitekTOUR Congress on 14.11.2019 in Berlin
Architects beware! Meet us at the Speed-Dating at the final congress of the Heinze ArchitekTOUR event series on 14.11.2019 in Berlin. Learn in the practical lecture of founder and CEO Dr. Ralf Hinkel how you can integrate frogblue into your construction project and thus offer your customers a simple and efficient solution for the really smart home.
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Question FridayAugust 2019 | Friday is Question Day
How safe is the frogblue system? What happens to my data? Nowadays an important and justified question! Security is important to us in every respect. All messages are encrypted with 128-bit in addition to the already existing Bluetooth encryption. In addition, each command is provided with a time stamp, which functions only in the moment, in which it is sent. All your information remains in the building. frogblue does not need an internet connection and does not store any data in a cloud. They can be safely stored on one of the frogs. You are curious or have further questions? We answer them every Friday on our LinkedIn page. Stay tuned!
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March 2019 | 100 frogs on an area of 6000 sqm property
For the first time in Provence, a large property was completed on a 6000 sqm plot with over 100 frogblue units, called frogs. The building is exclusively equipped with frogblue Smart Home technology. The video surveillance is carried out by MOBOTIX™ cameras, which are connected to the frogblue-Bluetooth™ system with the frogblue USB link and are thus remote controlled. The following special functions were required for the wireless Smart Home System: Central off when leaving the building, central on as a panic command and light scenes for the terrace, pool and outdoor area that can be called up on the smartphone. 
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15 March 2018 | System premiere
System premiere:
New and finally ready to go!

frogblue is the first choice for all those who want Smart Home & Building solutions that are revolutionarily simple. Our frogs and cubes with integrated Bluetooth LE wireless technology communicate with each other – directly and automatically. This makes planning, installation and handling as easy as could be. The ingenious frogblue system components cover the entire bandwidth of intelligent living. Be one of the first to experience this “made in Germany” innovation first-hand. We look forward to seeing you at our trade fair stand in Hall 9.1 / Booth D70. Get ready to be inspired.
15 March 2018 | E-House
frogblue in the ZVEH E-House Light + Building

The fact that frogblue is set to bring fresh momentum to the smart home segment is also demonstrated by its presence at a second site: it has been included in the acclaimed E-House presented by the ZVEH – the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association. This 100 m2 model house shows how safe, convenient and energy-efficient life can be in a modern smart home: the latest version can likewise be seen for the first time at Light + Building, at Stand J60 in Hall 8.0. After Light + Building the E-House will be going on tour for two years, appearing at such events as the IFA in Berlin: here it will allow not just experts but also end customers to get a hands-on experience of the very latest smart home products.
June 2017
German Design Council

frogblue AG became a member of the German Design Council in June 2017. The German Design Council was founded in 1953 after a ruling by the German parliament and is one of the world's leading centres of excellence for communication and knowledge transfer in the field of design. "As a young, design-oriented technology company, we are overjoyed and very proud to be able to make an active contribution to the German Design Council", said Nicole Huffer, CSO & CMO, frogblue
April 2017
ZVEI

The frogblue AG is now a member of the German „Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry“ (ZVEI). As a representative of the electronics industry on a national and international level the ZVEI stands for the second largest and most innovative branch in Germany with over 1600 members.