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|Adapting to the New Reality: KNX is the ideal standard for market-leading building control projects now and in the future
|By Mark Warburton, Ivory Egg
The new evolving model of AutomatedBuildings.com is to connect and link to the amazing amount of articles and blog bits that folks like you and many others are publishing on your own blogs and newsletters. We leave them in place as published and as illustrated but tell the world where they are and provide links to them. They are amazing content and known well by your networks but no one else knows about them. I feel we can add new value by linking them to a subject matter website like AutomatedBuildings.com and feel this would be a good transition for us and of value to the industry.
Over the last few months we have all had to make some major adjustments to our lives and businesses in order to cope with the challenges being posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst this is an extremely challenging time for many, there are some positives that have emerged. The recent KNXperience online trade show is a great example. Although it can’t be compared to a live event, it was a great showcase of not only KNX systems and products, but also the technology that has to be in place for such an event to be even possible. It’s far more efficient than attending events in person, and is certainly a lot more ecological. Being able to access a global audience without anyone having to travel or even leave their desks has some obvious benefits to both attendees and the environment.
At Ivory Egg, we have also had to become more streamlined and efficient as we, like most companies, are now dealing with an extremely variable demand. Whilst this has been challenging, the upshot is that we have actually found ourselves outperforming all of our internal metrics for success, as we have been forced to focus only on behaviours that have a direct impact on our customers.
A decentralised system
Interestingly, there are some parallels to the KNX system, but thankfully the latter isn’t affected by viruses! By its very structure, KNX is lean and efficient across many aspects of the system. The concept of a decentralised system is a prime example. With each device being able to communicate with all other connected devices via the bus, the system is completely modular, so you only ever need the parts that are actually required on the project – there’s no additional need for expensive centralised processors. And with so many products to choose from, you can always select the right one for the job.
The commissioning software, namely ETS, is another example. Thanks to the online catalogue, you have full access to manufacturer catalogues, but this doesn’t complicate the system or make the database complex. Just download the products you need and off you go. And with countless tools in ETS to make programming simpler, you can complete a project in the shortest time. However, if you have a complex project, you can add in more functionality via apps to further increase the usability of the software.
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