How to make KNX home automation systems smart
What is the KNX standard?
Konnex is the first globally recognized open standard for building automation and home automation. It can be used for different applications and functions in home and building control, such as lighting, consumption monitoring, security systems, heating and many other functions.
Konnex protocol features
The main feature of Konnex is that, since it is a standard, it is not associated with any particular company, but many brands create products that use this communication protocol. One of the strengths is that any product that has the KNX logo, in order to be recognized by KNX, has passed a whole series of tests by KNX experts in order to be certified. All devices with the KNX logo are 100% compatible with each other. This allows you to buy products from different manufacturers according to your needs. This is thanks to the KNX protocol developed by the KNX Association.
The KNX Association is the reference point for, professionals and non-professionals, interested in the KNX protocol. On one hand the KNX Association makes sure that as many people as possible get to know the Konnex protocol, on the other hand it organizes online and offline training courses and events to spread the KNX knowledge in a simple and professional way.
All KNX devices can be divided into 4 macro categories:
System devices: Basic KNX devices required to operate the system;
Input devices: electronic interfaces that can be connected to control devices to implement system functions;
Output devices: devices that receive signals from input devices using the bus;
Functional devices: devices that the installer chooses to perform specific functions.
How to manage KNX home automation systems with smartphones and voice control
KNX home automation systems were created before the introduction of smart home applications and the world of voice assistance. Until a few years ago, the most practical way to control your KNX system was through a touch-screen programmed specifically for this function or through an app created specifically for your system. Now, thanks to the products made by Freedompro, it is possible to transform all KNX home automation systems into smart ones. Thanks toEasykon for KNXandEasykon Lite for KNX,the reliable and stable KNX home automation system takes a quantum leap and becomes immediately compatible with the best smart home platforms. With just one device, the full home KNX system can be controlled via smartphone and voice command.
With Easykon all KNX devices can be integrated with IoT devices without compromising or changing the existing configuration and functions of the Konnex home automation system. In particular, Easykon for KNX allows you to manage your Konnex home automation system, even remotely, with Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or Home Assistant apps or through Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa voice assistant.
Freedompro has also created a Lite version of the product,Easykon Lite for KNX,which is a software for Raspberry Pi that allows you to add apps and voice to your Konnex system. Before purchasing the license for 69 euros, you cantry the software free of charge for 7 days.The software is reliable, easy to use and updated constantly. Compared to the hardware version, the maximum number of configurable accessories is 30 and it is not compatible with Apple HomeKit.
How to integrate the KNX system with your IoT devices
Easykon for KNX and Easykon Lite for KNX don’t just allow you to control in a completely new way your Konnex plant. The Apple HomeKit, Google and Amazon Alexa platforms, once added to the system, allow to integrate many new devices and functions, often also without the help of an installator. How? It is possible to use the smart platforms as “aggregators” to make the plant compatible with other IoT devices from other brands and producers that do not use the Konnex bus.
For example, Home by Apple application and Siri voice assistant are compatible with:
Thanks to the products in the Easykon family dedicated to KNX systems, with the Apple platforms you will be able to control your plant and all these devices categories together, from the same App or talking with your Siri voice assistant. Also, from your smartphone you will be able to create scenes and automations in which you will activate both KNX accessories and all the ones compatible with Apple seamlessly. All your home devices in the same place. To discover all Apple HomeKit compatible devices, go tothis pageof the official site.
The Google Home application and Google Assistant are compatible with:
Climate control devices
Security and awareness devices
Thanks to Easykon for KNX and Easykon Lite for KNX, with Google system you will be able to manage your plant and all these accessories categories together from the same App or talking with Google Assistant. Also, from your smartphone you will be able to create routines that will use your KNX accessories and the ones compatible with Google, activating them together. To discover all the Google compatible devices, go tothis pagein the Google website.
Alexa application and voice assistant are compatible with:
Thanks to the products in the Easykon family dedicated to Konnex plants, with Amazon platforms you will be able to manage your plant and all these accessories categories together, from the same App, Alexa or talking with the related voice assistant. Also, from your smartphone, you will be able to create routines that will use your KNX accessories and the ones compatible with Alexa and automate them using the time or the state of other device, etc. Amazon connects the third party devices through skills, to see all the brands that are compatible with Alexa application and voice assistant, see the smart home skills inthis page.