An Introduction to KNX
KNX is an abbreviation of Konnex which is derived from the Latin word ‘connexio’, meaning ‘connection’. This is the foundation and ultimate goal of the KNX system, to create better connections across smart home and building devices. In 1990 there was no standardisation across different devices that allowed them to all be connected and controlled via one system. A group of manufacturers decided to tackle this problem and create a single system that would standardise and simplify the use of technology in the home. In 1999, the KNX Association was founded by members of three existing associations: EIBA (European Installation Bus Association), EHSA European Home Systems Association) and BCI (BatiBUS Club International). The KNX Association is a non-profit organisation that owns, developed and continues to develop the KNX standard. In 2003 KNX became the European standard, and in 2006 it became a global standard for home and building control. KNX today has 500 member manufacturers that collectively produce 8000 different products for clients to choose from, all of which work seamlessly with each other.
While there are many smart home and home automation products and systems on the market, selecting a range of products for each function needed can quickly turn into a minefield of problems and complications when products are not all compatible with each other. The key benefit of using KNX is that all KNX products are compatible with each other and can all be connected together to create an integrated system.
Simplicity of installation is another key focus for KNX. The installation process is extremely easy, saving valuable time for integrators. KNX has quickly become a universal standard and continues to grow across the globe, this means that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, KNX will work in your home, office, hotel etc. KNX also has a great technical support from the KNX organisation, KNX manufactures or from the world wide network of KNX experts.
As KNX grows and becomes more popular, more manufacturers are becoming members and designing their products for KNX use. That means investing in and using KNX technology provides the certainty that the technology will not become obsolete as the industry moves forward and technology advances. It also provides the option of updating and adding further KNX smart home technology to an existing system with relative ease.
KNX is commonly used in both residential and commercial projects. Everything and anything might be automated or controlled using KNX including lighting, shading, heating, security. Homeowners have a huge amount of product choice, being able to choose any product by a manufacturer that uses KNX. As each homeowner has their own unique stylistic taste, it is extremely valuable to be able to offer such a wide range of keypads and styles to suit each home.
KNX is also used in many Commercial projects. In 2011, La Marquise hotel in Rhodes, Greece used over 1000 KNX products to control and automate their lighting, HVAC, security, energy management and more. In 2016 Pulse City in Austria was completed, KNX technology was used to control their security, energy management, remote access as well as creating exciting and creative lighting displays. In 2013 Dubai International Airport installed KNX products to control their blinds and shutters, lighting, HVAC, security, energy management and more. These are just a few examples but there are hundreds of commercial buildings around the world using KNX technology.
Faradite has just joined the world of KNX products by releasing the Motion Sensor 360 - KNX. This small and discreet sensor has a wide range of advanced functionality. With a built-in brightness sensor allowing constant light control, day/night mode, pushbutton override and advanced value sending, this product brings design, function and KNX technology together into one tiny package. To find out more about this new product, simply click below.
MOTION SENSOR 360 - KNX
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways to get involved with KNX. Firstly, KNX has 493 training centres located across the globe where training courses are offered, click this link (https://www.knx.org/knx-en/for-professionals/community/training-centres/) to find one near you. There are a variety of courses from basic to advanced, refresher courses and even specialised courses. By completing KNX training at one of these centres you can obtain a KNX Partner certificate.
You can also download the ETS demo to sample the KNX commissioning tool. Follow this link (https://www.knx.org/knx-en/for-professionals/software/ets-professional/) to purchase ETS Professional, ETS Light or try out ETS Demo for free.If you want to find out more about KNX, head on over to the KNX organization website (https://www.knx.org/knx-en/for-professionals/) where you can find loads of information about KNX.