Introduction to KNX
KNX is a network communications protocol for intelligent buildings, both commercial and residential. Types of equipment that use the KNX protocol include lighting, security systems, energy management, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC). As a worldwide standard managed by the KNX Association, it is the successor to, and the convergence of three previous standards: European Home Systems Protocol (EHS), BatiBUS, and European Installation Bus (EIB). Supported by more than 300 vendors, KNX is a worldwide standard, conforming to EN 50090 and ISO/IEC 14543.
Our Commitment to KNX
As a member of the KNX Association, we strive to support the development of interoperable systems for home and building control, and to offer a standards-compliant KNX driver on our protocol gateways. All EIS data types are supported, allowing communication to any kind of KNX device in the installation. The FieldServer also includes a KNX Device Emulation program to allow third party devices to be recognized as KNX devices for complete connectivity and efficiency.
In larger facilities, it is necessary to connect KNX-based networks to devices and management systems that utilize other protocols. For example, a facility manager may wish to integrate his KNX-based room controller system with the building’s larger BACnet/IP based management system. Or a device vendor that offers Modbus based devices may wish to present their device as a KNX device so that it can participate as a true peer in a KNX-based control network. Or the facility manager may wish to connect a KNX-based device network to a cloud service for remote monitoring using XML.
The FieldServer protocol gateways and converters can connect KNX devices networks to various management systems and non-KNX devices to KNX networks. integrators and installers use our gateways for their flexibility, reliability, and ease-of-use, while OEMs often incorporate the FieldServer protocol gateway technology into their devices in lieu of doing their own protocol development.