By choosing the KNX Standard as the backbone for your control solution, you open up a world of opportunities. Some of the most highly respected electrical manufacturers in the world are involved with this international standard, meaning the choice and quality of products that the KNX portfolio offers is unmatched.
By becoming skilled in one standard, you are able to offer your clients a whole spectrum of control solutions exceeding their expectations. The KNX Standard can be used across a range of control applications including:
- Intruder alarms
- Audio visual systems
- Household appliances
- Blinds/solar control
- Facade management
- Automatic window control
- Energy management and control
- Monitoring applications
Because KNX covers such a diversity of applications using one standard, it means your cabling network can be much simpler. A single twisted pair cable can often suffice, with multiple elements all operating together on a single network. KNX controlled devices are generally based around the standard green KNX / EIB bus cable (ie twisted pair) but can be run across the following media:
- Radio Bus (wireless)
- Ethernet (structured cabling)
- Fibre Optic
- Occasionally power line
A number of manufacturers have also developed ‘gateways’ to other control protocols, such as DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Intelligence). These simple devices are used to expand the capability of KNX control systems to provide the complete solution for your building. KNX has also worked closely with management-level protocols such as BACnet to enable a close cooperation between these two standards when the project requires additional integration.
KNX is increasingly being heralded by specifiers and end users as a highly desirable open solution for any building control application. The drawbacks of proprietary solutions or various hardware-based controls are being increasingly recognized. What maintains KNX’s superiority is that every KNX-compliant piece of equipment has been fully tested and certified to this highly stringent standard by an independent regulatory body. It is only at this point that it can carry the KNX logo, as controlled by the international KNX Association of Brussels. So you can have total confidence in reliability and interoperability, whatever KNX devices or system you choose.
There is a growing network of integrators who have joined KNX UK to share their experiences, to help to promote the KNX standard within the UK and to benefit from the networking and promotional output of the organisation. Read more about this proactive UK-based organisation.
To find our more technical detail on the standard itself, visit the pages of the international KNX Association of Brussels web site at www.knx.org