Is this overflow of technologies, solutions and gadgets around the smart home tiring you out? Have you ever looked for a possibility to have all these new inventions integrated into one solution? If so, do not look any further and have a look at this article: Open technologies help you to create an overall system, with thousands of compatible products and only one commissioning tool.


How is an open technology put into practice? Before we answer this question, let’s quickly go over the meaning of “open technology”.

  • Not product dependent
  • Royalty-free
  • Able to talk to other technologies and vice versa

If you’re ever in doubt about whether an application you are using satisfies these requirements, you can simply check if it has been accredited with a local or international standard, such as the ISO/IEC. With this accreditation, you can be sure that the technology you are using is an open technology.

So what’s the point of having an open technology?

In the case of home and building control, KNX Association uses various mechanisms to ensure the high quality standards of devices with easy simplicity of commissioning for the “ISO/IEC 14543” Standard.

Certification makes life easy

KNX Association has put a certification scheme into practice, which does not only ensure a high product quality, but also a guaranteed compatibility of all devices.

Thanks to the openness and the certification scheme, the integrator can choose his or her favourites out of a pool of more than 7,000 family products.

Putting the open technology into practice

The certification of devices by KNX Association does not only make sure that highest quality standards are met and that all certified devices work seamlessly in an installation. Best of all is that all devices can be configured by only one tool – the ETS®. The system integrator does not have to get familiar with a commissioning from each manufacturer in an installation. Also, as the ETS® works with simple drag and drop functions, no complicated programming language has to be learned.

In a nutshell: In order to do the designing of the project, the configuration of devices and further diagnostics, the Engineering Tool Software ETS® is the ideal tool, as it is manufacturer, device and application independent – integrator can combine products of different manufacturers and applications in one installation.

Conclusion: Open technologies for home and building control are also the most convenient ones

Open technologies help you to avoid limiting yourself to only one technology or solution, having only a limited amount of devices available and, most importantly, having to learn complicated commissioning tools. KNX assures that all features, which are necessary in order for you to use an open technology with all its benefits, can be put into practice very easily.


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