KNX for: An Integrator

Are you an electrician or integrator looking to expand into the home automation / building control sector or increase the control systems you currently offer? With so many control systems on the market it can, at times, be a little confusing as to what system is best for your business model, the level of control you require, or the building sector you focus on be that residential, commercial, industrial, assisted living, or a mixture. This page details the capacity, benefits and infrastructure of the KNX protocol and the route to becoming a certified KNX Partner.

What is KNX?

Established in 1990 the KNX standard has grown to be a global leader in the home automation and building control sector providing a complete management system for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Rather than a single branded company, KNX is an open protocol which provides a robust and futureproof control platform that is supported by over 450 certified KNX manufacturers. All of which conform to the same KNX approved standards allowing one system to be comprised of various product lines from differing manufacturers. As a result, KNX offers an unparalleled level of flexibility and product choice which can be tailored to match any building type or budget.

What does a KNX control system offer?

KNX offers a holistic control system whereby all building functions such as lighting, blinds, HVAC and energy management can be regulated on one complete building control system. All functions are then controlled via a user-friendly interface / app and a series of keypads / touchscreens throughout the property. KNX also caters for a range of additional functions, such as AV control, which can be achieved natively through KNX or via various system gateways including Control4, Elan and Crestron.

Benefits of a KNX control solution:

The benefits of a KNX control solution are extensive, not only during the specification and project design stage but also for future support and system expansion. This allows the functional requirements of a system to be achieved in the most cost-effective manner and through an unparalleled product range match the style preferences of each client.

Installation Options:

A KNX system runs on a bus infrastructure whereby all system devices are connected. There are four installation methods, twisted pair, power-line, RF and IP, all of which can be used together within one system if required. This provides an incredibly flexible system platform which can be tailored to the size / type of the building, that is suitable for both new build or retrofit projects and allows non-invasive system expansions if required in the future.

System Programming:

All KNX systems are designed, configured and programmed on the same software tool called ETS. This software is directly governed by the KNX Association which ensures all KNX certified devices within a project, regardless of manufacturer, can be freely programmed within the ETS software.

Various ETS Licences are available which cater for different project sizes or functional requirements, with the three most popular listed below. There are no monthly subscription costs for any ETS Licences, only a one-off payment. The only additional cost that might be required is an upgrade charge when a new licence update is released however, in KNX’s 30-year history there has only been 5 new licence updates showing the robust nature of the programming software.

ETS Inside

ETS Inside is the new generation of ETS and the entry level version of the trusted ETS Professional licence which is designed for small-medium KNX projects or for those who do not have an in-depth knowledge of KNX technology. It offers a user-friendly interface with ‘drag-and-drop’ programming on a smartphone or tablet. There are various restrictions with ETS Inside including a maximum of 255 devices per system, it can only be used for one project and only one line can be configured in the system topology.

RRP: €160

ETS5 Lite

The ETS5 Lite Licence is designed for small KNX and allows a maximum of 20 devices to be programmed in a system. This licence can be used for an unlimited number of projects, is programmed via a computer or laptop and an unlimited number of lines can be programmed within the system topology.

RRP: €200

ETS5 Professional

ETS5 Professional is the most commonly used ETS Licence and the one which is advised for larger systems or when more detailed programming, wider system topology or a diverse range of devices is required. The ETS5 Professional Licence allows an unlimited number of lines and devices to be programmed within a system and can be used for an unlimited number of projects.

RRP: €1,000

For a full comparison of ETS Inside, ETS Lite and ETS Professional Click Here

 

Training & Certification:

To ensure you can offer the best and most cost-effective control solutions to your clients training is vital. At the My KNX Store Academy we offer six courses suitable for those new to the industry and for experienced KNX Partners looking to expand their current knowledge. Our Partner Certification course is our most popular and is the one we recommend for those looking to become a KNX Integrator. This course also includes various ETS Licence discount vouchers to help you get up and running.

Differing to other control systems there is no minimum stock purchase commitments for training, only the cost of the selected course is required.

01 KNX Taster Course

This course offers a theoretical overview of the KNX protocol, its infrastructure and the benefits of KNX within the home automation, building control and BMS sectors. Free to attend this course is a great way to see if the KNX protocol is suited to your needs / business model and can act as a good steppingstone to the full Partner Certification course.

02 Partner Certification Course

Our 4-day KNX Partner Certification course is the ideal choice for those wishing to offer a KNX control solution in their projects. Based on the KNX programming software, ETS, this course is comprised of theoretical and practical workshops and breaks down how to design, install, programme and troubleshoot a KNX system and concludes with the KNX Partner Certification exams.

03 KNX Bootcamp Course

Our exclusive KNX Bootcamp course is designed for KNX Partners looking to refresh their knowledge and expand their current skillset. Comprised of both theoretical and practical workshops trainees will cover various topics essential in the programming and completion of a KNX project.

04 HVAC Certification

This course is designed for KNX Partners to develop their knowledge in HVAC integration and advanced functionality. It covers a range of topics including heat generators, legal frameworks and advanced control and concludes with a theory certification exam.

05 Advanced Certification

This course is designed for experienced KNX Partners looking to take their knowledge to the next level and achieve Advanced Certification. It covers a range of topics including interworking systems, logic operations and visualisation systems and concludes with a practical certification exam. Due to the level of system depth this course includes, we recommend trainees have completed multiple KNX projects before attending this course.

06 Product Training

At My KNX Store are committed to supporting those working within the industry with various product training courses. Working with our key suppliers our product training courses are a great way to get hands on with the latest and upcoming products on the market.

For more information and full courses breakdowns Click Here

 

Events:

The KNX Community supports various International and UK based events each year which are a great way to find more about the KNX protocol, meet the industry leading manufacturers and learn more about popular product lines. Key events in the KNX Community schedule are the annual Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Event which will now be held in Barcelona from 2021 and the biennial Light & Build Event in Frankfurt, markedly the biggest event in our calendar.

Other UK based events also include London Build, Ei Live and the Home & Renovating Show which provide further opportunities to expand your KNX knowledge or as a platform to promote your own company and the solutions you offer.

For more information on the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Event Click Here

For more information on the Light & Build Event Click Here

For more information on the London Build Event Click Here

For more information on the Ei Live Event Click Here

For more information on the Home & Renovating Show Click Here

 

Support:

At My KNX Store supporting our customers is a key part of what we do and this ranges from technical and project support to a selection of specialist services including lighting design, system design and board building. Our Sales & Technical Team can also provide guidance and advice at the specification and quotation stages to ensure each project can achieve the required functionality in the most cost-effective manner.

In addition, within the KNX community there are also direct KNX manufacturer helplines and support portals for further assistance when required. This KNX community also includes the KNX UK Association, an organisation we work closely with. It is comprised of a network of KNX professionals who share a common goal of promoting the KNX protocol within the UK. Each year the KNX UK also host various networking events for its members which are a great way to learn more from those who already have a vast experience within the sector.

 

Are you interested in learning more about KNX control solutions or becoming a certified KNX Partner? Contact a member of the My KNX Store team today.

T: 0191 497 0777

E: [email protected]