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Why home automation integrators choose KNX

In case you don’t already know, KNX is a standardised home automation protocol. Imagine walking into a room and after pressing a button, the lights dim, the temperature gets a little lower and your favourite music starts to play. Essentially, it is a way of allowing an assortment of different equipment in your house to communicate and automatically change the way they run. This includes a huge range of possibilities such as; locks, lighting, water, entertainment, sensors, energy management and more.

KNX is a very popular in Europe and is actually a replacement for several previously reliable standards; including the European Home Systems Protocol (EHS) and the European Installation Bus (EIB / Instabus). The integration of all these previous protocols means that the KNX is even more reliable and becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

In the UK, the KNX protocol is relatively unknown. However, the number of products available which use KNX, and their reliability, mean that it is slowly coming to the forefront of providers’ and consumers’ minds. There are several reasons for this. Here are four reasons why home automation integrators decide to go with KNX.

There are over 7,000 KNX certified products available

This includes products capable of automating in as diverse areas as lighting, security, monitoring, scheduling equipment, audio system control and much more. The vast range of products which can use the KNX protocol means that you are dealing with a proven and established brand. Home automation integrators tend to prefer to stay on the safe side when it comes to what is controlling peoples’ homes and buildings. KNX has proven time and time again that it can be trusted.

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Future developments won’t be a problem when it comes to integrating them with KNX.

 

Flexibility when it comes to future developments

Home automation protocols can change frequently. Sometimes you are left without certain abilities because your system can’t handle it, or they simple aren’t available. The KNX protocol manages to make systems future proof for several reasons. The huge range of products already available, which can utilise the KNX protocol, mean that the protocol is well established in the market and not just the product of passing popularity. Secondly, because a KNX installation can be adapted for new products and applications, if you want to add another product to your home automation system, KNX makes this easy.

Efficiency just by pressing a button

Home automation systems require you (or a hired professional) to program it with a list of instructions for what to do. The KNX system allows for a huge number of these commands to activate simultaneously. If you want to change the properties of your location, it couldn’t be easier. Pre-programmed settings can be run through what are referred to as ‘scenes’. These ‘scenes’, when activated, then allow for the KNX system to connect with a range of appliances. These connections then allow for changes to things such as temperature, lighting and other equipment.

One ‘scene’ can affect a vast range of appliances to allow for maximum control.
One ‘scene’ can affect a vast range of appliances to allow for maximum control.

Monitoring changes couldn’t be easier

KNX allows for efficient and dependable monitoring of the changes which are taking place. The protocol is designed to allow for sensors to be placed and collect data, which in turn can control differences in lighting, temperature and other features. This means that your home or building will truly become automated, in that it will account for seemingly peripheral aspects and factor them into its calculations for making a home or building the way you want it.

Overall, KNX appears to be the future of home automation protocols. It is increasingly gaining ground with UK integrators and it’s understandable why. Compared to the alternatives, KNX is one of the most reliable options on the market. A combination of already being established, having a future proof design, and its status as the standardised protocol in Europe, mean it can only really get more popular from here.

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