Light + Building Makes Connected Security a Central Focus for 2020

Security installations are becoming increasingly important – right across the world. To achieve adequate levels of security, individuals, institutions and buildings must constantly meet new standards. And, in 2020, Light + Building will be making ‘Connected Security’ a central focus of the trade fair. The Intersec Building platform, a congress format and a special-interest guide […]

SIBT and SSHT Attract Over 280 Exhibitors for 2019 Trade Fairs

The 2019 editions of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) and Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) will be held from 3 ‒ 5 September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Spurred by the fast development of China’s intelligent building, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sectors, the two exhibitions are close to […]

Satel Offers KNX-DIM21 Universal Two-Channel Dimming Actuator

The KNX-DIM21 is a universal two-channel dimming actuator (up to 300 W per channel). It supports light sources supplied directly from the 230V AC mains or through a transformer, automatically detects loads as low as 2W, determines their type (resistive, inductive or capacitive), and selects the appropriate control characteristic. It provides smooth light control and […]

Fairhair Specification Enables IoT in Commercial Buildings via a Common, Building-Wide IT Infrastructure

Based on open standards, the Fairhair Specification defines a unified IP-based network infrastructure that enables streamlined building-automation systems with end-to-end security. The Fairhair Alliance has reached a key milestone with the publication of the Fairhair Specification. Fairhair is an organization of leading companies from the lighting, building-automation, semiconductor and IT industries that aims to facilitate […]

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology 2019 Attracts 172,856 Visitors

The 2019 edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT) ended on a positive note on June 12th. Held concurrently with Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE), the two trade fairs attracted 172,856 industry professionals from 133 countries and regions, a 4% increase from last year. 243 exhibitors were featured at GEBT this year. Continuing its long-standing […]

EmCom Launches KNX Presence Detector for Wide Range, High Bay, Corridor Applications

EmCom KNX Presence Detectors bring energy saving and automatic lighting control to KNX Building and Home Control System with ease and comfort. The integrated Daylight Harvesting technology can monitor the natural light changes, and in response to offset the amount of needed electric lighting, so as to optimize the overall energy consumption. Wide Range Presence […]

The New KNX TP1-256 Topology: more devices and fewer line repeaters

By Mark Warburton, Ivory Egg. The KNX Association has recently announced the completion of a long-running project to update the system topology in order to make KNX even easier and simpler to use. Until now, the smallest part of the topology is a line segment with 64 devices. To expand the line, line repeaters can […]

KNX and Domestic Alarm Systems: how effective is your fire strategy?

By Simon Buddle, Future Ready Homes. Fire is without doubt one of the most devastating incidents that can befall us. The ferocity and magnitude of house fires can leave a home a decimated pile of ash. People who escape stand and watch as thousands of gallons of water are poured onto their home. By the […]

KNX Secure: the way to protect your installations

By Thomas Weinzierl, Weinzierl Engineering GmbH. Communication and data processing are hardly conceivable today without considering security aspects. In the future, insecure communication systems are unlikely to be accepted. The way has already been shown by the Internet, with the well-known http protocol from 1991 having been largely replaced by the encrypted https variant. Incidentally, […]

Opinion: manufacturers – don’t underestimate the value that distributors add!

By Julian Barkes, Bemco. The electrical industry has wrestled for a long time with the issue of trying to shorten the supply chain. The relationship between client, specifier, manufacturer, wholesaler and contractor used to be understood by everybody, but with facilities managers buying from Amazon, and margin-chasing contractors bullying manufacturers, the supply chain is getting […]