Media Partners’ Corner – Preview: the KNX IoT Keynote – launching an evolution in home and building control

The IoT is the way of the future – connected, efficient, intelligent and ever-improving. Whether you are, or want to be, directly involved or are just curious, the KNX IoT Keynote will be a great introduction to the future of IoT in home and building automation. Yasmin Hashmi gives a taster of what is to come.

This is a big year for KNX and IoT, and KNX Association plans to kick off the official launch of KNX IoT with a keynote event that will take place at 10:00 (CEST) on Tuesday 5 April 2022 via YouTube Live. There will be no power points during the live KNX IoT Keynote, just top-notch, high-quality information about an exciting sea change in the way the built environment is controlled.

Speakers include experts from KNX Association who will provide an overview of the technology, its benefits and KNX Association’s direction of travel, alongside a couple of industry specialists who will provide a flavour of how the technology can be applied in real life.

The Keynote will be opened by KNX Association CEO, Heinz Lux, with a review of how KNX’s solid foundation guarantees a future-proof, secure and state-of-the-art technology. He will discuss how KNX now enables third-party services with KNX, which adds new business possibilities for manufacturers and professionals. He will also look forward to how KNX IoT will take advantage of an IP future, a more robust cloud, and progress in artificial intelligence (AI). As Heinz puts it, “The new KNX IoT technology perfectly adapts to these new scenarios and will help our community in developing and delivering future solutions based on trends such as AI, machine learning, or deep learning solutions based on KNX.”

A concise roundup of the technical highlights of KNX will be provided by KNX Association CTO, Joost Demarest. This will include the new landscape of technical possibilities using TP, PL, RF, IP and IoT. It will also discuss how KNX IoT comes into play and how it is dealt with using semantics. Joost will explain the first standardised API for IoT, namely KNX IoT 3rd party API, as well as the KNX IoT point API which allows KNX IoT to support networks for IoT.

Following on, KNX Association Membership & Business Development Manager, Jesus Arias, will introduce a KNX IoT case study involving the KNX IoT 3rdParty API and two KNX Members, namely Schneider Electric and Simlab. The result is a digital twin that allows the user to navigate a 3D model of a building and easily find the controls related to each room.

As a background, former KNX Spain Vice-President and representative of Schneider Electric, Luís Catalan, says, “Schneider Electric truly believes that KNX IoT is a key step into the future of building and home automation. We are currently giving access to third-party systems to interface with our SpaceLogic KNX solutions, even if they don’t have any KNX software expertise. It opens a world of possibilities to create more and better applications. This has a real, tangible impact on a greener, more sustainable, and better world for all.”

Simlab is a technology company focused on facility digitalisation. It provides users with interactive and intelligent digital twins of their structures, leveraging a combination of 3D models of the property, real-time data from sensors, and user-defined asset information. When asked why Simlab chose to connect to KNX technology, Founder & CEO, Marek Kozlak, says, “Our main goal is to provide an innovative interface to control complex smart home environments. We focus on solutions providing the highest standards in IoT technology to become a single source of truth for the property. The global footprint of KNX is significant, so this is a natural fit for us to integrate.”

To end the keynote, KNX Association Marketing Team Leader, Casto Cañavate, will describe the KNX IoTech Programme. He explains, “The KNX IoTech Programme is a framework that sets a best standard for the IoT industry. It is based on the most important aspects that users care most about, like future-proof technology, security, interoperability, openness, one ecosystem, and of course sustainability.” Casto will also make an announcement about the KNX IP marketplace which will promote all of the devices and solutions that meet KNX Association’s recommendations and use IP-based technology from KNX.

We do hope you can join us for this historic event. Click here for the latest on the event and to register for updates.

To join the worldwide KNX community live for the KNX IoT Keynote, at 10:00 (CEST) on Tuesday 5 April 2022, go to YouTube Live.

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