System Design: recognising the value of error messages on the KNX bus

Whether it’s fair or not, the KNX systems integrator is always considered the middleperson when it comes to faults. Simon Buddle explains the value of harvesting error messages that might appear on the KNX bus, and outlines some strategies for turning them to your advantage. How is everybody? Is it just about time to put […]

Tutorial: KNX setting the scene

Andy Ellis gives practical advice on the different options for storing KNX scenes in view of system robustness, how they will be used, and how they can be adapted. The KNX system offers unrivalled versatility in its ability to set and activate scenes, but unlike many other lighting controllers, KNX is not based around scene […]

Energy Management: the MAC1010 floating sustainability project

When the opportunity arose to purchase one of only two existing ex-naval barges, Luke Newland saw it as a chance to showcase his company’s most innovative energy management solutions. Climate change, rising energy costs and changes to building regulations are key issues that have brought sustainability to the forefront of the conversations we are having […]

Energy Management with KNX: Part 1 – measuring and monitoring

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Yasmin Hashmi asks KNX members for their views on the challenges facing the KNX community in making buildings more energy efficient, and what solutions their companies are bringing to the table in terms of measuring and monitoring. In light of climate change, increasing energy insecurity, and the fact […]

Energy Management with KNX: Part 2 – connectivity and the IoT

In Part 2 of this two-part series, Yasmin Hashmi asks KNX members for their views on the wider challenges facing the industry, and what solutions they are bringing to the table in terms of connectivity. The climate emergency is real, and there is no time to lose. Saving energy through installing a PV system and […]

Reliability: the value of diagnostics for KNX installations

Not much can go wrong with a KNX installation, but if an electrical fault does develop, Simon Buddle explains why it makes sense to have the right diagnostic tools in order to save time and money. During the summer of 1987 I purchased, what turned out to be, the one and only car I would […]

Business: KNX Association welcomes startups with KNX Startup Incubator

Jesus Arias explains how the KNX Association’s KNX Startup Incubator programme provides resources and visibility to innovative companies committed to developing KNX IoT-based solutions. The KNX Association is committed to spreading KNX technology far and wide, which is why we started the KNX Startup Incubator in 2021. The release of the KNX IoT specifications, which […]

Safety: protecting homes against electrical surges

With experts warning of increasing lightning strikes due to climate change, Simon Buddle makes the case for overvoltage protection of mains and low-voltage systems in the home. Historically the weather in Europe has been, by and large, middle of the road. The summer of 1976 saw UK temperatures more than 30oC for over two weeks. […]

Security: IP-BLiS on the IoT security landscape

As building control systems become part of the IoT, Bruno Johnson looks at the approach IP-BLiS is taking to security. Building control systems are vulnerable to attack, both from within the building and from the outside. This means that building control systems must employ security frameworks that require all users and all equipment to be […]

Certified: VDE Approves KNX Secure

Top testing and certification organisation approves KNX Secure for its cyber security and robustness against attacks. The VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in the world. It offers testing and certification services and is well known for its competence and adherence to high technical […]