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Utilising KNX Control For Building Management Systems (BMS)

A factor which undermined the benefits of automated building management systems (BMS) was the need to have separate control systems for each network. Being able to control elements such as heating, lighting and blinds across a property from a central point required the interface panel for each all being available. Whilst this form of automation clearly offers a greater level of efficiency when compared to a manual approach, it is clear that there’s margin to be more efficient. KNX based control systems bring you the optimal efficiency level available.

KNX is the globally recognized CEN and ISO standard for network communication protocols specifically designed for building automation systems. It is open source based and can be both adapted and applied to any automated network to act as a central control system. The most common application of KNX is for DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) networks, but it is not limited to this alone.

With ever greater levels of efficiency being sought in building management systems the number of features which can be automated is frequently increasing. The KNX communication protocol can be used to control automated systems set up for heating, ventilation, energy management and shutter or blind control. This level of versatility extends to how command and control instructions are distributed. Whether the network communication stack is based on twisted pair wiring, Ethernet, powerline networking, radio or infra-red, KNX can be adapted and used.

The open source foundation for KNX makes the above possible. Perhaps the greatest advantage, however, is that the same functional flexibility is available in how you input the controls. Should your BMS require either a centralised control panel or remote access – or indeed a combination of the two – a KNX enabled system allows for it. Multiple points of control on the same network are also possible to implement.

Building management systems are an essential part of any smart automation technology system working correctly. Using interfaces which do not handle all of your automated systems at once – or simply cannot handle the functionality of your equipment – ultimately undermines the efficiency you are aspiring to achieve. Using KNX based controls for your BMS means you are able to successfully avoid both of these potential problems. This standard has been adopted by manufacturers worldwide, which means you have the confidence of knowing this means of control will also meet all future requirements.