frogblue company

Smart Home & Building 2.0

frogblue is a young, dynamic company based in Munich and 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.
  • Boris Wink
    Member of the Management Board, CFO
  • Since July 2018, Boris Wink has been responsible for finance, as a Member of the Board of frogblue AG. He is a business lawyer with LLM degree, who began his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as CFO for derivatives trading at one of the leading energy supplier in Germany. Beginning of 2016 he moved to Eurofins, an international group of laboratories headquartered in Brussels with focus at Food-, Environment-, Genetics-, Forensics-, Clinical Diagnostics-, Bio Pharma- and Agro Science-Analytics as Finance Director Germany. There he was responsible for all finance workflows and structures within Germany and in a leading position within many different restructuring projects.
  • 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.
frogblue news

News concerning frogblue

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.