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Q&A: Heinz Lux, director of KNX Association International

Heinz Lux, director of KNX Association International, talks to the ISE e-daily as ISE 2011 gets into full swing.

Describe your organisation’s involvement at ISE. What do you hope to achieve?

Our plan is to demonstrate conclusively that KNX is capable of controlling all the application areas in a house, including the audio/video elements. KNX is a worldwide standard for home and building control, used by more than 220 manufacturers from 30 countries. We will also show how KNX has adapted the technology to the new devices that have come to the market, such as how an iPhone can be used to control home and building automation via KNX. This new app – which also runs on the iPad and iPod – can be seen exclusively on our booth at ISE.

Why is ISE important to KNX?

ISE is one of the most important trade fairs on the KNX calendar, and this year no fewer than 26 KNX members will be exhibiting at the show. This is undoubtedly a good sign for the market. We think that not only integrators and installers but also end users will find the new developments very attractive because KNX is now capable of fully integrating the entire living environment including home automation, multimedia and IT. As such, our hope for ISE is that it will help us increase the demand for KNX technology.

What do you believe it’s important that ISE visitors find out about KNX?

ISE is well known for its focus on audio and video – but there’s also an important role being played by other applications such as lighting, shutters, alarm, security, ventilation, heating, cooling, air conditioning and water systems. With KNX and the new applications, a user can both see the status of, and control, every application whether he or she is inside or outside the building using portable devices like the iPhone. It will even enable the user to monitor meters and manage energy consumption. That’s all down to the multifunctional KNX interface.

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