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The core of a smart home automation system

There are several essential elements in a home automation system, but they all rely on the hub, sometimes called the controller or server, which is the command centre of the smart home system. It is a centralised device that sends commands to control all your connected smart home devices (appliances, devices, systems, etc.).

The smart home hub connects your individual devices and enables them to communicate over a local wired or wireless network. It also provides a uniform platform through which you can control these smart home devices and automate a lot of processes.

The commands from the hub are sent via your home network (local or cloud based), and the hub allows the smart home devices to be controlled from one simple app on your computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet.

Some systems have hubs that work only with products from the same manufacturer, while others work with many different smart home products. In order to transfer control data to all smart home products, a system is required that avoids the problem of having isolated smart home components speaking ‘different languages’. That’s where the KNX home automation systems fit in.

The KNX System

KNX is an intelligent home automation and building control system that can be integrated into a variety of environments. It is used for residential and commercial applications. KNX works by ensuring all components, devices, features and functions of any building (or outdoor space) communicate via one common language, instantly and remotely.

The KNX standard allows producers to easily develop their smart home products to be compatible within any KNX-based home automation system. It also allows customers to make sure that all their home automation systems work as a complete, integrated system operated from a single control unit. This guarantees a safer and more efficient way of operation at all stages of automation and control.

KNX is also the world’s only open standard for home and building control. Unlike proprietary protocols (which only the manufacturer supports), KNX’s open worldwide standard and certification process ensures that different products of different manufacturers operate and communicate with each other seamlessly. This ensures a high degree of flexibility in the extension and the modification of KNX installations.

The Advantages of the KNX System

One the main advantages is that any building equipped with KNX can control itself to high degree — once a KNX system has been installed, the system then adapts to individual requirements whenever lifestyles, preferences or working conditions change.

The system can also be controlled from wherever you want. Any internet-enabled device allows you do remotely control your house and manage functions such as lights, blinds, HVAC, security systems, multimedia, water control, energy management, and metering.

The KNX system is a versatile smart home option that can be used in new as well as existing buildings. It can be retrofitted or installed in existing building structures with relative ease.

The KNX system is also an expandable system with a future-proof standard. This means any KNX system can be expanded or reprogrammed with ease when upgrades to the system are needed or wanted.

KNX technology offers the perfect long-term solution because the entire system can be easily modified as technology rapidly develops and new KNX compatible products are introduced into the marketplace.

Final Thoughts

The KNX system enables you to achieve flexible, energy-efficient, comfortable and safe solutions that are easy to plan, install and operate in a home or commercial property of any size. If you want to turn your house into a smart home and enjoy all the advantages and flexibility it provides, call Coastal Connections today on 09 303 0603.

If you are interested in smart home automation check out our blog post: Smart Home Automation or take a look at our home automation page on our website. 

If you wish to read more about KNX head to there website to take a look.

Kimberly Kelly

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