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 […]

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 […]

Weinzierl Sets its Focus on Security

Our world is becoming increasingly networked. This creates many new application possibilities which were hardly practicable in the past. But it also creates new points of attack for hackers and criminals. Every type of digital communication is in danger and this does not even stop at KNX installations. The fact that unauthorised persons switch the […]

KNX Secure: how safe are voice assistants?

Whilst KNX IP Secure and KNX Data Secure protect KNX installations from unauthorised local or remote access, Christian Kiefel reminds us that we must also consider the security of cloud-based voice assistants connected to systems within the home. The market for voice-controlled assistants is rapidly expanding worldwide, and is expected to grow by 7% per […]

ProKNX and Skyresponse Announce New Partnership

Before committing to a partnership, the two companies put their systems through rigorous testing to ascertain that there was complete interoperability of the ProKNX smart speaker with the Skyresponse alarm platform. Both companies offer very high quality products and services, therefore were not willing to compromise on this aspect. Once it was determined that the systems were […]

System Security: how to set up a VPN

Whether a client’s home control system has access to the Internet for remote control, monitoring or maintenance reasons, Simon Buddle explains how to use a VPN to protect the connection. I have just returned from a fantastic week away skiing. It has been a holiday in the making for more than two years; repeatedly cancelled […]

Robust Design: KNX systems can survive Internet failure

Simon Buddle explains that with a little critical thinking at the design stage, the impact of an Internet outage can be minimised when other platforms fail. Much has been said about the 4th utility – indeed access to the Internet is pretty much taken for granted in most of the UK. Even for those difficult-to-reach […]

Light + Building 2022 Focuses on Connected Security

Security is a need whose importance in society is continuously increasing. Whether digital threats, extreme weather conditions or health risks – one crisis is followed by another. Accordingly, the demand for security technology equipment and systems for homes and buildings is increasing. As the leading national and international industry platform, the topic of “connected security” […]