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Navarino

GDS Digital Systems LTD from Athens received the KNX Special Award for its “Navarino Resort” project in the south-western Peloponnese in Greece. The first part of this vast resort opens in May 2010, including 766 rooms spread over two hotels, a golf course, sports and therapy facilities, and conference rooms. According to the plans, by 2020 there will be, for example, 3,000 rooms in eleven hotels, and a marina for up to 400 boats. Navarino is to be a 100% emission-free resort. The vast size of the project is also the main challenge for the KNX system: in order for the complete building control system to be managed centrally, 190 main distribution boards need to be linked via thousands of kilometres of wiring. In tackling the project, GDS Digital Systems LTD divided it up into subsystems, using the same group addresses in these. The central control system can differentiate between the addresses using specially-programmed routers, to enable addresses to be used economically. The vast scale of the project in terms of trades and integration work testifies to the system integrator’s many years of experience with KNX.