The NorthStar Conference, held by the KNX Association Executive Board in January 2024, brought together industry leaders in order to discuss the future of KNX.
The two-day conference took the form of a workshop, hosted by external marketing specialists, who broke down barriers between all participants, which included many senior executives from very large global manufacturers. The sessions, all of which were short, focused and dynamic, generated huge amounts of data and thought about how to keep the community empowered and how to make sure it remains relevant for the next 30 years. The outcomes will be released over the coming months and aim to show that KNX is ever-evolving and innovating community.
The conference was hosted at the ZVEH building, home of Germany’s electrical standards authority, but more importantly, the very same building used in 1990 to formalise the KNX standard.
Iain Gordon, Chair of KNX UK National Group, represented one of three national groups who were invited to provide regional input on the future development of KNX. As he put it, “The variety and depth of discussion was superb. The level of engagement and genuine commitment to our favourite building control protocol was evident at every level. The ideas generated were all very encouraging, and I have every confidence that the executive board will enact the findings in short order.”
He went on, “I consider it vital for the end users, the installing engineers, to have a voice in making sure that what we work with continues to provide the everyday solution we all are fully committed to. The future looks very bright for KNX, and with meetings such as these forming part of the onward strategy, we can all be confident that KNX will continue to be at the forefront of building controls for a very long and healthy future.”