The KNX Standard :: Main advantages
The main advantages of the KNX technology result from the 15 years of experience collected by the legacy associations that constituted the basis for KNX, i.e. Batibus, EIBA and EHSA.
These advantages are:
KNX complies to EN 50090, EN 13321-1 and ISO/IEC 14543
Back in 2003, the KNX technology was approved by the CENELEC national committees and became the EN 50090 standard.
In 2006, KNX was also approved by CEN as EN 13321-1 (actually references the EN 50090 standard).
Recently, the KNX media independant layers were approved by ISO/IEC as ISO/IEC 14543.
In view of the above, KNX is the World's unique standard for Home and Building Control.
For members of KNX and owing to the KNX IPR clearance process, the use of KNX in KNX certified products is free of patent royalties.
KNX is platform independant
KNX can be realised on any microprocessor platform. KNX can be implemented from scratch, for easy market entrance, KNX manufacturers can also take recourse to providers of KNX system components.
KNX guaantees Interoperability
In this way, it is ensured that products from different manufactures used in different applications will operate and communicate with one another. In this way, installations can be easily extended and adapted.
KNX stands for high product quality
KNX Association requires a high level of production and quality control during all stages of the product life. Therefore all manufacturing members have to show compliance to ISO 9001 before they even can apply for a KNX product certification.
Besides the manufacturer compliance ISO 9001, the products have to comply with the requirements of the European standard for Home and Building Electronic Systems, i.e. EN 50090-2-2. In case of doubt, KNX Association is even entitled to have certified products retested or can require from the manufacturer test reports underlying his declaration of hardware conformity.
KNX is also a standard on application level
The KNX standard contains application profiles for many common applications in Home and Buildings. Several application specification workgroups make proposals for standardisation of functionalities (inputs, outputs, diagnostic data and parameters) in their specific application domain. To ensure a high degree of cross-discipline and multi-vendor interoperability, the TF-Interworking re-evaluate these proposals, before a decision is taken to incorporate an application profile into the KNX standard.
Common, manufacturer independent Engineering Tool Software ETS® 3.
KNX Association offers a manufacturer independent engineering tool software to design and configure KNX certified S-Mode products.