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March 2003, nr 1

Konnex Association

the successor of BCI, EIBA and EHSA


the technology, which integrates all the

applications in Home & Building



We are pleased to present you herewith our new con-cept of the Konnex journal. Konnex Association not only has enlarged its coverage in the different Markets it has also diversified its standard so that the installation and configuration of control net-works is easier accessible for professional installers. The standard opens even the possibility for consumers to have automated access to their network.

For this reason we would like to enlarge the audi-ence of this journal by going more into details on the different aspects, possibilities, opportunities of the KNX standard.

The first edition of our journal “New Style”, we of-fer you some articles on applications and projects realised in the French Market, apart from that we are happy to show you new products for Lighting and HVAC applications as well.

More than 5 years ago, the members of BCI, EIBA and EHSA, unanimously accepted the start of the integration process of their standard into, what we call now; KNX Te c h n o l o g y.

In March 2002 the “convergence” of the standards; BatiBUS, EIB and EHS into one-single-standard KNX has been successfully finalised, the first ver-sion of the complete KNX Standard was published. Most of our members have product development programs running, in respect KNX technology. More and more members will introduce this year, KNX certified, products and system concepts on the Market.

This wave of new KNX products makes it attrac-tive for you as installer, planner or system integra-t o r, integra-to pay integra-them a visiintegra-t aintegra-t one of integra-the professional fairs this year. If you are their anyway, plan also a visit at the Konnex booth, we would like to show you an overview of what is going on in KNX land. Above all we hope that you appreciate the change in style of our journal but what is even more im-portant that you appreciate the selection and con-tent of the articles presented.


Harry Crijns

Marketing director Konnex Association

The standard

Konnex Association Promotes the KNX technology


First Security Certifiable Connectivity Platform is Shown

Products & Services

New EIB/KNX fan coil unit controller from Woertz

GAMMAwave – The State-of-the Art solution based on RF and on the KNX standard

The flexible multi-functional pushbutton UP 231, with ambient temperature controller

S i e d l e - I n - H o m e : Control centre for the intelligent house

Synco™ 700: the first generation of KNX based HVAC controllers

SIRLAN an overview


KONNEX in service for the handicapped KONNEX goes back to school

Main topic

Foundation of the Association; Konnex France

Members of Konnex Association

Konnex Association Promotes the integration of Home and Building applications in One-Single-Standard















At the extraordinary general assembly of BatiBUS Club International (BCI), on April the 4th2002, the BCI mem-bers decided to change the name and statutes of their association in such as way that they could welcome the French members of EIBAand EHSA. The objective of the change was to create one single French structure for all French Konnex members and supporters called: l’Association Konnex France.

The objectives of Konnex France are in line with the articles of Konnex Association with its seat in Brussels.

The main objective of Konnex A s s o c i a t i o n is to develop and to promote the KNX stan-dard. KNX is the open One-Single-Stan-dard for all applications in Home and Building control. Parallel to this develop-ment and promotion, Konnex A s s o c i a t i o n is in charge to guarantee the quality of this standard by product certification, support-ing the development of interoperable appli-cation profiles and by participating in the d i fferent normalisation bodies to strength-en the position of KNX as a defacto norm. On the French territory Konnex France will develop the following activities:

•Promote the KNX standard as The Stan-dard for communication networks in Home and Building applications as well as in industrial complexes.

•Promote solutions in products as well as in services using KNX certified products.

•Promote the discussion between the dif-ferent manufacturers and professional partners with the objective to optimise the different multi-vendor and multi-ap-plication solutions.

• Adapt the usage of the KNX standard according the specific French cultural and structural organisms (such as the d i fferent professional associations for ar-chitects, specifiers, the environment, and for the distribution channels of products and services.

•Coordination, together with Konnex A s-sociation Brussels, on strategic issues and on promotional issues, like brochures and documents alike, suited for the French market.

The members and future members of Kon-nex France need to have an activity suited with the above mentioned objectives. T h e y will be classified as follow:

• Component or product manufacturers who will offer “KNX certified products” and services

•Companies who are active in the project development, specification, execution or in the commercial distribution of KNX certi-fied products and or services, dedicated for

Home and Building communication. • Companies ,user organisations or

pro-fessional end-users who are who are in-terested in the integration of the KNX standard in the systems they use. • All parties or even individuals who

h a v e n ’t an active role in the promotion but who are an observer of the activities in the field of Home and Building con-struction. This is the case of high schools, universities and other associa-tions of professionals.

The member of the first Board of Konnex France are:

•Joël RENAULT(Delta Dore) - president, •Claude MAT I N A L (Schneider Electric)

– vice-president,

•Jacques LEMERCIER (Hager ) – secretary, • Jean-Daniel NAPAR (SIBT- Landis &

Staefa) – treasurer,

•Philippe Barrault (TEC), member •Alain LAMBERT(Legrand), member.

Foundation of the Association; Konnex France

Main Topic

Members of Konnex Association per February 2003

ABB SACE S.p.A. Italy • ABB STO T Z - K O N TAKT GmbH Germany • Agilent Technologies Singapore • Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co. KG G e r m a n y • Altenburger Electronic GmbH Germany • APT GmbH Germany • AVE SpAItaly • Berker GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Bertelli & Partners S.r. l .

Italy • Bertoldo & c srl Italy • Bioingenieria Aragonesa S.L. Spain • Bosch & Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH Germany • Botech AG Sweden •

Brandt Industries France • Bticino SpAItaly • Buderus Heiztechnik GmbH Germany • Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH Germany • C A B A , Continental Automated Home & Building Association Canada • Dätwyler Kabel + Systeme GmbH Germany • Dehn & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG Germany • D E LTA DORE S.A. France • Domologic Home Automation Technology Germany • D O R M A GmbH & Co. KG Germany •

Easyplug France • Eberle Controls GmbH, an Invensys Company Germany • Electrak International Ltd Untited Kingdom • ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE France • ELECTROLUX Home products Italy S.p.A. Italy • Elero GmbH Antriebstechnik Germany • Emness Technology A G

Germany • F. Schlaps & Partner GmbH Germany • Feller AG Switzerland • GE Grässlin GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Gewiss S.p.A. Italy • G I R A Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Gorenje d.d. Slovenia • Grundig AG Germany • Gustav Hensel GmbH & Co. KG Germany • H A G E R

France • Heinrich Kopp AG Germany • Honeywell AG Germany • HTS High Technology Systems AG Switzerland • Insta Elektro GmbH & Co. KG Germany • I PAS GmbH Germany • Jnet Systems Switzerland • Legrand S.A. France • Levy Fils AG Switzerland • LG Electronics South Korea • L i n g g & Janke OHG Germany • L U X M ATE Controls GmbH Austria • MERTEN GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Miele & Cie GmbH & Co. Germany •

Mingardi Magnetic Srl Italy • Moeller Gebäudeautomation KG Austria • Motorola Ltd Untited Kingdom • Multronic AG Switzerland • Oy Lexel

Finland AB Finland • Ritto Werke Germany • ROBERT BOSCH GmbH Germany • S. Siedle & Söhne Stiftung & Co. Germany • S a m s u n g

Electronics Co. Ltd. South Korea • Schneider Electric b.v. Netherlands • SCHNEIDER Electric S.A. France • Schupa GmbH Germany • S I E M E N S AG Germany • Siemens Building Technologies Ltd. Switzerland • Simon S.A. Spain • SIPRO Srl Italy • Somfy S.A. France • Stiebel Eltron GmbH & Co. KG Germany • STMicroelectronics Germany • Tapko Technologies GmbH Germany • Techem Development GmbH Germany • T h e b e n AG Germany • Theodor Heimeier Metallwerk GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Trialog France • Trilogie France • Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co.

Germany • Vimar S.p.A. Italy • V-Zug AG Switzerland • Walther Werke Ferdinand Walther GmbH Germany • Weinzierl Engineering GmbH

Germany • Whirlpool Europe Italy • Wieland Electric GmbH Germany • W I L A Leuchten GmbH Germany • Wilhelm Rutenbeck GmbH & Co.

Germany • WindowMaster A/S Denmark • Winkhaus Sicherheitssysteme GmbH & Co. KG Germany • Woertz Switzerland • Zumtobel AG A u s t r i a

How to reach Konnex France: Dominique Briquet Te l : +33 (0)1 43 06 32 02 e - m a i l : konnexfrance@wanadoo.fr



In May 1999, members of the following associations have founded Konnex A s s o-c i a t i o n :

BatiBUS Club International (B C I) European Installation Bus A s s o c i a-tion (E I B A)

European Home Systems A s s o c i a-tion (E H S A)

The main objective of this Association is to promote the newly defined “one-single-standard” for field bus applications in Homes and Buildings.

This standard, called KNX, is based on the well-established technology of EIB and enlarged with the configuration mech-anisms and physical media from BatiBUS and EHS.

Konnex Association is an international non-profit organisation governed under Belgium Law.

The General A s s e m b l y, the highest legal authority of the association, in which all members have a seat, meets at least once a year to approve the activities undertak-en and the budget for the coming year. The executive board (KEB), elected amongst the members of the General A s-s e m b l y, is-s res-spons-sible for the as-ss-socia- associa-t i o n ’s sassocia-traassocia-tegy, iassocia-ts sassocia-tandard KNX and for the budget proposal.

At the year 2000 General Assembly the following companies / members have been elected in the executive board for a 4-year period:

ABB Stotz-Kontakt GmbH

Mr. Bernhard Schmeing

Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co. KG Mr. Harald Jung

Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH Mr. Hans-Georg Krabbe

Delta Dore Mr. Joël Renault

Easyplug Mr. Elisabeth Conraux

Electricité de France Mr. Jean-Yves Boivin

Electrolux Mr. Frabrizio Dolce

Hager (FLASH) Mr. Bernard Schott

Insta Elektro GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Herbert Schliffke

Legrand S.A.

Mr. Alain Lambert

M e rten GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Udo Neumann

Siemens AG Dr. Peter Penczynski President

Siemens Building Technologies Mr. Andrew Fiddian-Green

Trialog Ms. Madeleine Francillard

Schneider Electric S.A.

Mr. Claude Matinal Vice president

Konnex Association and its

unique standard KNX

The executive board is assisted by 2 per-manent boards:

Technical Board (KTB), convenor Mr. Dominique Beck Hager Electro SA.

This Board coordinates all activities regarding the development of the common standard KNX and the procedures for the certification of KNX products.

Marketing Board (KMB), convenor Claude Matinal Schneider Electric SA.

This Board coordinates the communica-tion and promocommunica-tional activities of Konnex Association around the KNX standard, as well as the activities undertaken in the dif-ferent markets by the national Konnex g r o u p s .

For the daily activities the executive board has nominated a team of directors each re-sponsible for a resort of activities:

• Joost Demarest

Administration and Certification • Harry Crijns

M a r k e t i n g

For the year 2003 Konnex Association has formulated the following priorities:

• Finalisation, publication and promotion of the KNX release 1.0

• Preparation of the standard as input for the standardisation bodies such as CENELEC and CEN

• Presentation of KNX at the main Ger-man, Italian, Spanish and Swedish trade fairs, presentations at confer-ences dealing with the subject “Intelli-gent Home and / or Buildings”. • Continuation of the KNX certification


The KNX certification

Members of Konnex Association are con-vinced that the Home and Building mar-ket requires open, flexible and interopera-ble solutions in the communication be-tween controllers, actuators and sensors for standard applications on field bus lev-el. The KNX standard is the first one which corresponds to these needs. Its different configuration modes in combination with its different communi-cation media, makes KNX the No.1 field bus choice for all Home and Building a p p l i c a t i o n s .

Konnex Association Promotes the integration of Home and Building

applications in One-Single-Standard

The Association

For more information feel free to contact us:

Harry Crijns, Directeur Marketing Konnex A s s o c i a t i o n Twinhouse - Neerveldstraat 105 B - 1200 Brussels Tel : +32 (0) 2 775 85 90 Fax : +32 (0) 2 675 50 28 E-mail : harry.crijns@konnex.org Web : www. k o n n e x . o r g


The Standard

The major advantages of

the one-single-standard

KNX are:


It ensures that products of different manu-factures used in different applications will operate and communicate with each other. This permits a high degree of flexibility in the extension and in the modification of i n s t a l l a t i o n s .

Product quality

Konnex Association requires a high level of production and quality control. T h e r e-fore all our manufacturing members have to comply to ISO 9000 before they even can apply for a KNX product certification. Besides production and quality control, the products have to comply to the require-ments of the European standard for Home and Building Electronic systems, i.e. EN 50090-2-2. In case of doubt, Konnex A s-sociation is even entitled to have certified products retested or can require from the manufacturer test reports underlying his declaration of hardware conformity.

Manufacturer independent


The KNX standard contains application profiles for many common applications in Home and Buildings. Under the Te c h n i c a l Board's supervision several application specification workgroups define profiles for functions, which they see as standard in their specific application domain. To ensure a high degree of cross-discipline and multi-vendor interoperability, the Taskforce Interworking re-evaluate these proposals, before a decision is taken to in-corporate an application profile into the KNX standard.

The KNX standard allows each manufac-turer a free choice between the configura-tion mode and the communicaconfigura-tion medi-um for the development of a product in a system application.

For that reason the KNX Standard incor-porates 3 different configuration modes: The "S - m o d e" (System mode)

This configuration mechanism is meant for well trained installers to implement so-phisticated functions. All "S-mode" com-ponents connected to the network are ad-dressed by the common software tool (ETS), for planning, configuration and linking. With ETS each component can exactly be programmed, according to the specified requirements.

The "S-mode" has the highest degree of flexibility in functionality and in commu-nication links.

The "E - m o d e" (Easy mode)

This configuration mechanism is meant for installers with a basic training provid-ing a fast learnprovid-ing curve solution but with limited functions, compared to "S-mode". The "E-mode" components are already pre-programmed and loaded with a de-fault set of parameters. With a simple con-figurator, each component can be partly reconfigured, this applies mainly to pa-rameter settings and communication links. It is possible to mix in an KNX network E- and S-mode components. The common overall software tool ETS, makes it possi-ble to link these components together and may even reconfigure the previous con-figuration settings.

The "A - m o d e" (Automatic mode)

This configuration mechanism is special-ly developed for end-user applications e.g. household appliances or consumer instal-lation add-ons, sold via the end-user sales c h a n n e l s .

The "A-mode" components have auto-matic configuration mechanisms, that adapt their communication links to oth-er "A-mode" components in the net-work. Each component contains a fixed setting of parameters and a library with

instructions how to communicate with other "A-mode" components.

These components can also be integrated into a KNX network. The common over-all software tool ETS, will link "A-mode" components and S- and E-mode products with each other, to built one-single-control n e t w o r k .

Apart from the 3 configuration modes, the KNX standard describes several commu-nication media. Each commucommu-nication medium can be used in combination with one or more configuration modes, which allows each manufacturer to choose the right combination regarding the market segment and application.

T P - 0, (Twisted pair, type 0)

This communication medium, twisted pair, bitrate 4800 bits/s, has been taken over from BatiBUS. The KNX certified prod-ucts designed for this medium, will oper-ate on the same busline as the BatiBUS certified components but they will not ex-change information amongst each other. T P - 1, (Twisted pair, type 1)

This communication medium, twisted pair, bitrate 9600 bits/s, has been taken over from EIB.

The EIB certified products and the prod-ucts certified KNX, designed for this medium will operate and communicate with each other on the same busline. P L - 11 0, (Power-line, 110 kHz) This communication medium, power line, bitrate 1200 bits/s, has also been taken over from EIB. The EIB / PL-110 certified products and the products certified KNX, designed for this medium will operate and

Konnex Association Promotes the KNX technology

The communication between Home and Building applications on





communicate with each other on the same electrical distribution network.

P L - 1 3 2, (Power-line, 132 kHz) This communication medium, power line, bitrate 2400 bits/s, and is used in the EHS standard. For this reason it has been imple-mented in the KNX standard as well. KNX certified components designed for this medium and EHS 1.3a certified products, will operate together but will not commu-nicate with each other, without a dedicated protocol converter.

EHSA, in collaboration with the Konnex work-group "A-mode", will incorporate

this type of converter in the A-mode sub-p r o t o c o l .

R F, (Radio frequency on 868 MHz) This communication medium, radio fre-quency with a bitrate of 38.4 kbits/s, has been developed directly within the frame-work of the KNX standard.

Aproduct designed with one of the above mentioned configuration modes, in com-bination with one of the above mentioned communication media, results in a KNX compatible device, certifiable by Konnex Association.

Members of Konnex Association are

con-vinced that the Home and Building mar-ket requires open, flexible and interopera-ble solutions in the communication be-tween controllers, actuators and sensors for standard applications on field bus lev-el. The KNX standard is the first one which corresponds to these needs. Its different configuration modes in combination with its different communi-cation media, makes KNX the No.1 field bus choice for all Home and Building applications.

For more information: Harry Crijns, Marketing director Konnex A s s o c i a t i o n

E - m a i l : h a r r y. c r i j n s @ k o n n e x . o r g We b : w w w.konnex.org

e-Protection of Appliances

through Secure and Trusted


Cannes, November14th, 2002 - The e-Pasta consortium will demonstrate at Cannes the first connectivity platform which can be evaluated and certified in terms of security. e - PA S TA , or Elec-tronic Protection of Appliances through Secure and Trusted Access is an initiative, led by a consortium of five companies, Merloni Elettrodomestici SpA, Trialog, Trusted Logic, T-Systems Nova GmbH Berkom and Wrap SpA. It is supported by the European Commission under the IST p r o g r a m m e .

"Smart home applications rely on com-plex connectivity infrastructures. They in-clude not only appliances and home net-works but also elements such as points of presence (i.e. application servers), gate-ways, and point of operations (e.g. a PDA). This make it difficult to properly ensure secure access," says Andreas Kraft,

Expert for smart home solutions, T-Sys-tems Nova GmbH Berkom.

"In future smart home applications, our Pay X Use washing machine could have to rely on third party paiement compo-nents. We thus need to have a suitable trust value chain whereby Merloni knows it is using a trusted component " says Mario Cipriani, Merloni Digital A p p l i c a-tion Director, in charge of development of smart appliances

"In order to achieve this, we propose that specification, design and development of such security constrained components be done in such a way that they can be eval-uated and/or certified in terms of security", says Antonio Kung, project manager of e -PA S TA and co-founder of Trialog. "The idea is to make sure that sound and prov-able security architectures have been de-signed. We propose to follow the ISO15408 International Common Criteria" "ISO15408 is a standard for security eval-uation which has been used extensively in a variety of environment to evaluate secu-r i t y. It is today secu-requisecu-red fosecu-r the design of sensitive components such as smart cards, payment terminals and firewalls. It brings assurance that efficient procedures have been integrated to counter security attacks. Whilst the ISO15408 objective is security evaluation, it also provides an ideal frame-work to carry out a security analysis and derive security architectures for home con-n e c t i v i t y. ," says Laurecon-nt Frèrebeau, Secon-nior security architect for Trusted Logic.

e - PA S TA will demonstrate the first con-nectivity platform which has been de-signed with the ISO15408 methodology. The demonstration consists of a washing machine and an electric oven which are controlled from a PDA. The PDAfirst in-teracts with an OSGi gateway ( h t t p : / / w w w. o s g i . o rg) through RF802.11 . The gateway in turn communicates with the appliances through EHS/KNX power-line technology (http://www.ehsa.com, http://www.konnex.org ). The involved security architecture and its component can be evaluated and certified in terms of s e c u r i t y.

First Security Certifiable Connectivity Platform is Shown

For more information: Antonio Kung.

project manager e - PA S TA Trialog, 25 rue du Général Foy. F-75008, Paris, France Tel: +33 - (0)1 44 70 61 00. Fax: +32 - (0)1 42 94 80 64 Email: antonio.kung@trialog.com Web: www. e - PA S TA . o r g e-pasta stand at Net atHome

Mario Cipriani and Antonio Kung

An e - PA S TA white paper is available at


New products like the fan coil unit controller

ecobus from Woertz are used in the control of

heating, ventilation and air conditioning

systems (HVAC) based on the EIB/KNX


Nowadays regulated and controlled shutter drives or lighting systems which are defined according to the EIB/KNX standard are a must in home and building control.

Lots of multifunction and multistructure EIB components for controlling devices or lighting systems have been put on the mar-ket while there is still a great demand for devices specially meant for the decentralised control of heating, cooling and ventilation processes in rooms.

We have taken a big step forward in the decentralised room au-tomation by developing new products specially intended for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and defined according to the EIB/KNX standard.

The EIB/KNX fan coil unit controller ecobus from Woertz en-ables remote fan convectors and heating/cooling units to be con-trolled via EIB/KNX network.

Decentralised ventilation systems (fan coils) gain greater im-p o r t a n c e

Fan coil unit controllers may be installed for instance in small-or medium-sized rooms in office buildings, hospitals small-or hotels. Their quick reaction to the setpoint temperature adjustment should be particularly underlined.

In most cases those fan convectors and fan coils comprise a mul-ti-speed fan as well as a heating and/or cooling terminal unit with corresponding valves.

To control the heating and cooling terminal units the Woertz room temperature controller may be used; it can function inde-pendently with locally connected devices.

The EIB/KNX fan coil unit controller ecobus from Woertz shows interesting properties. It is required for controlling mul-ti-step fans, for regulating the room temperature in heating or cooling mode, for measuring the actual temperature via local temperature sensors or EIB/KNX temperature sensors; it is in-tended for PI control mode, for PWM control for thermal valve drives, for three-step control for motor-operated valve drives and provides connection for window contact and overflow contact for condensed water drip trays. This device may be used on the one hand locally for controlling the decentralised air condition-ing system, on the other hand it may be integrated into a wide controlling process with EIB/KNX communication.

It may for instance be combined with a multifunction operator panel for temperature recording or reading, setpoint indication, light switching or shading; when connected to an EIB/KNX presence sensor it may be used for setpoint adjustment and fan c o n t r o l l i n g .

If used together with the famous ecobus flat cable combining power supply and data bus, this controller

becomes a rational and clever solution for the building management technology. With the use of the fan coil unit controller ecobus from Woertz, integral room au-tomation processes enjoy new expansion within the area of air conditioning systems, more especially as the EIB/KNX standard enables control and regulation applications from one field to another.

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New EIB/KNX fan coil unit controller from Woertz



Products & Services

GAMMA wave – The State-of-the Art solution based on RF and on

the KNX standard

Reconstruction, renovation and refurbishment – the new solutions for the

Add-On Market

In times of an economical

drawback it is now more

than ever a necessity to

develop new potential

Markets. Regarding the

investigations Siemens has

made in the Add-On Market,

we are convinced that with

the GAMMA wave system

we will introduce an

appropriate solution.

Last year, after a short period of detention, the economic situation becomes more and more in a negative spiral.

The growth of the Building construction Market is flat or even shows a negative g r o w t h .

Possible changes for Market

growth are the areas of

reconstruction, renovation

and refurbishment

Parallel we see a growth in the Add-On Market for private residential buildings as well as for building societies with rental homes, because the majority of the Euro-pean homes is more than 20 years old. The investment in home renovation, which has an stable increasing trend, are for the moment at the same level as the

in-vestment in the new home construction market, which has an deceasing trend over the years. The conclusion that in the com-ing years the renovation market for homes will become more important is then al-most an open door.

Many owners of houses and apartments were not in favour to add modern electri-cal installation technology to the existing installation, because the impact this would have; movement of furniture, new cables and tubes in the walls, permanent check if no existing tube or wire will be demol-ished and refurbish the wall again. To avoid this inconvenience Siemens has developed GAMMA wave, a radio fre-quency (RF) system for multi-applications in the Home.

G A M M A wave is the first product range based on the RF medium and protocol as defined in the KNX standard.

G A M M A wave offers a range of possible solutions, from very simple 2-way com-munication towards instabus® EIB. The typical specifications regarding the Add-On Market in terms of product de-sign as well as commissioning have been taken into consideration. All products have a maximum built-in depth of 32 mil-limetre, which makes it possible to install them in the existing wall outlets. The commissioning of RF installation as a sys-tem as well as each individual product of that system can be executed without an additional software tool. A special addi-tional training is also not necessary.

868 MHz in 2-way

communication – reliable

and future proof

The authorities have recognised the number of problems related to the 433-MHz Area. A special frequency band at 868 MHz has been reserved, to enable RF systems a reliable com-munication. Konnex Association has decided that for the RF medium in the KNX standard only this frequency

band, 868 MHz, will be defined, GAM-MAwave fits exactly in this KNX stan-d a r stan-d .

The communication is reliable, because in this frequency band no continuous trans-mitters are allowed.

The main advantage of GAMMA wave for the End-user; compared to the many RF mono-directional systems available in the Market, is the 2-way communication; all units in the system are receiver as well as transmitter. This feature takes care that all units may submit their latest position, in a secured way, to a user interface, who will show the status of each unit. In appli-cations where central monitoring of pro-cess data is useful or even obliged, this se-cured 2-way RF communication has an enormous advantage.

G A M M A wave will also control the secu-rity functions of its units. It will detect for instance if a smoke detector will loose bat-tery power or that its measurements of the smoke concentration are incorrect due to other environmental pollution.

Even the investment cost will be in favour of the 2-way RF-communication system, because GAMMA wave will need less

New products

The wall transmitter “Batterie

wave UP 110” is a RF

transmit-ter to control remotely room

functions such as switching and

dimming of the lighting, blinds

and scene functions. It can

be mounted in a standard

U P wall outlet. For the

us-er intus-erface a Siemens

instabus EIB single or dou

-ble channel pushbutton will

be hooked-up. For the power

supply of the wall transmitter a

lithium battery has been

incor-p o r a t e d .


units for the execution of the same room functionalities, compared with the mono-directional RF-systems.

GAMMA wave, based on the

KNX standard - open for

security and additional


In the GAMMA wave product range, Siemens made the „Touch-Manager“, the operation and data management unit with a b/w or colour touch display, the hearth of the system.

The “Touch-Manager” has been equipped with standardised hard- and software inter-faces.

Through these interfaces and the available KNX RF network, external providers may

offer additional services, e.g. passing fur-ther emergency messages or remote reading of metering data. Due to his openness to other service providers GAMMAwave of-fers here a potential cost reduction for the e n d - u s e r.

Parallel Siemens will introduce a new range of RF products in the DELTA®-Design – from simple light switch via universal light-d i m m e r, switch for winlight-dow blinlight-ds, remote control, door and window relays towards fire detectors and heating controllers.

GAMMA wave – Advantages at

a glance

•Easy installation, no additional wires and tubes have to be installed, no addi-tional work to refurbish the walls. •Easy commissioning from individual products as well as complete RF systems. The installer will execute this commis-sioning without additional training and software tools.

•Reliable RF communication in the 868 MHz range

•Thanks to the open KNX standard, products from other applications and manufacturers can be integrated •RF technology with 2-way communica-tion stand for cost optimisacommunica-tion in room control functions and remote control.

Application 1: Dimmable lighting control from 2 different control positions

Light switch (A) switches the luminaire on/off

Extension of the existing installation with a second switch (B), to switch and dim the lighting in parallel from 2 diff e r e n t positions

Application 2: Central control of the window blinds

Window blind switches (C and D) control separately the win-dow blinds up and win-down

Opening and closing the blinds centrally from the door posi-tion (E). The existing funcposi-tions (C and D) stay in funcposi-tion, last command will be executed.

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Already for some years the flexible

multi-functional pushbutton UP 231, with

ambient temperature controller, is

successful in operation in numerous

KNX/EIB networks, installed in office

buildings and homes. Now Siemens has

improved this product. In the UP 231/3 is

integrated amongst others an adaptive

temperature regulator with improved

control characteristics.

The proven multi-function pushbuttons makes

versatile uses for UP possible 231 with two

flexibly usable pushbuttons to switch and dim

the lighting or to control the window blinds

and an efficient room temperature controller.

Besides you can save not only space, but also the cost of

a second bus coupling unit and the installation of a further

U P box

The microprocessor in the UP 231 works similarly as a

constant proportional integral controller and regulates the

room temperature with a PI algorithm

However, so that the regulation of the

room temperature takes place as fast and

exactly as possible, the heating and/or

electrical installer would have to adapt

the default presets; P-value and the

I-value for the PI algorithm of the

con-troller conform the characteristics of the

area and its heating and/or cooling

e q u i p m e n t .

In practice this will usually be forgotten.

Adaptive control ...

Siemens revised the software of the UP

231 therefore in co-operation with

F r a u n h o f e r-Institut for traffic and

infras-tructure systems in Dresden and replaced the

PI controller by an adaptive controller. The adaptive

con-troller adapts itself automatically to the behaviour along

the controlled range. Therefore it operates according to

principle of the “reference model”. It contains a

mathe-matical model, which gives a desired transition behaviour

to the regulated room temperature.

The result of the actual room temperature control are

con-stantly compared with the calculated result of the model.

If the measured values of the room temperature deviates

from the results of the model simulation, then the

parame-ters of the controller will be optimised. The controller

us-es a control algorithm, which leads to a similar rus-esult as a

PI-algorithm. The new product UP231/3 was tested over

two heating seasons in test installations and showed

there-by regularly even a better control quality as a well

adjust-ed PI-controller for the respective application.

... and more

New is also the so-called “symmetrical neutral zone”, a

se-quence controller and the possibility of “coordinated

man-ual input”. The new UP231/3, eqman-ually as the UP231, can

be used in rooms, which will be heated as well as cooled.

Simultaneously heating and cooling is not allowed in

or-der to save energ y, therefore a “neutral zone” was needed

between the different comfort presets for heating and

cool-ing. In the UP231/3 a common comfort preset for heating

and cooling is also possible, thanks a “symmetrical neutral

zone” around the comfort preset. Two different heating

systems, which affect the same room, can be better

coor-dinated due to the sequence controller. For instance if the

capacity of the under-floor heating

is not sufficient to heat the room,

then the valves of the radiator

heating will be opened as well.

The extended software in the

UP 231/3 supports also the so

called “coordinated manual

in-put”: Via the “presence

push-button”, when entering, the

room temperature control will

activate the “Comfort control”

mode and for the lighting the

constant light regulating will

be activated. When leaving, the

room temperature control will

return to the “Stand-by

con-trol” mode and the lighting will

be switched off.

Acondition is the employment

of the instabus EIB

switch-/dim actuator N 526/02 with

integrated constant light

regu-lating in the last case.


Automatically the right room temperature setting

Multi-functional pushbutton now with an adaptive automatic controller

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The new multi-function pushbutton UP 231/3 with adaptive controller offers improved controller features for heating and cooling applications.

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Siedle-In-Home is a complete system

for building control, automation and

communication using only two cores.

It either enters into a perfect

partner-ship with the EIB using its free pair of

cores, or it transforms existing YR

conductors into a nervous system for

the intelligent house – making it ideal

for modernization projects,

introduc-ing the convenience of modern bus

installations to existing homes. The

nerve centre is the video monitor. It

displays the picture picked up by the

entryway camera, and by simply

pressing with a fingertip turns into the

touchscreen which is used to control

the switching, control and regulating

functions of a bus installation. The

way it does all these things can be

configured almost completely at will.

Operating convenience features range

from simple switching commands

such as "On/Off" through to control

of entire scenarios, with a single

com-mand triggering a whole series of

ef-fects. From outside the home too:

Siedle-In-Home can be remote

con-trolled using a code lock or by calling

from a mobile.

Control centre for the intelligent house

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In-Home as EIB manager: Switching, control, regulation, surveillance using the control terminal in the monitor, building communication via the free core pair in the EIB (red), interfaces to the analogue or ISDN telephone network

Dual use: The monitor shows the image picked up by the door cam-era, and serves as a touchscreen for Siedle-In-Home operation.

* This is a schematic overview of the Siedle-In-Home-Bus. The list of Products in not com-plete nor is the Network. To keep the overview clear, not all products have been connected to the mains



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Up until now, planning and implementation of extensive com-munication systems via standard data buses has primarily been the business of system houses, contractors or large HVAC com-panies with own electrical engineering divisions. Synco 700 – the new range of controllers from Siemens Building Te c h n o l o-gies – now also enables smaller HVAC contractors to configure bus systems of any size based on the open Konnex standard pro-tocol. Commissioning takes place directly on the controller or via an operator unit and service tool. Hence, external engineering of heating, ventilation or air conditioning plant is no longer re-q u i r e d .

Frankfurt / Main, February 2003

More and more building owners and building operators demand bus-driven control with enhanced communication capabilities within HVAC plant, but also across the classical boundaries of plant. Up until now, this kind of requirement has been rather dif-ficult to satisfy, the reasons being relatively bothersome and cost-ly engineering, extensive training and certifications procedures, license fees and, therefore, economical considerations. What has been missing thus far was a bus system that could be configured on site, largely intuitively, via the display of a controller, with no need for engineering.

The HVAC Products division of Siemens Building Te c h n o l o g i e s now satisfies these market needs and launches Synco 700 – the first generation of controllers worldwide capable of communi-cating via the open Konnex standard bus. Konnex communica-tion is based on the European Installacommunica-tion Bus (EIB), the French Batibus, and the European Home System (EHS) and interlinks heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration plant with the aid of so-called device addresses. Using the new commis-sioning mode called Easy-Mode LTE (Logical Tag Extended),

all bus-driven plant components and RXB room controllers can be configured via the operator unit of Synco 700. All that is re-quired is the setting of device addresses. Key functions adjust themselves automatically. For example, only one of the con-trollers must be connected to an outside sensor. The signal de-livered by the sensor will then also be made available to all the other controllers on the bus. The same applies to the time and holiday programs, time synchronization and the passing on of fault status messages. Only a few settings are required to have everything activated for all controllers contained in the system. Data exchange between the various devices takes place via Easy-Mode LTE. Using this mode, it is possible, for example, to trans-mit the demand for heat or refrigeration of the respective Synco 700 control loop via the Konnex bus to the relevant primary con-trollers on the heat or refrigeration source side, thus ensuring that the amount of heat or refrigeration generated will exactly meet the demand.

Not only does this function enhance comfort, it also helps cut op-erating costs. In addition, links between the Konnex-based Syn-co 700 range and EIB Syn-components used in electrical plant and se-curity systems can be implemented in S-mode with the help of the standard EIB ETS tool. Certified training centres offer ap-propriate training courses.

Synco™ 700: The first generation of controllers based on the open

fieldbus standard KNX. Optimum interworking of HVAC plant

Fig. 1 (Konnex connection)

Only a few settings on one of the controllers are required to activate the various functions, such as time synchronization, time programs or fault status messages, across different types of plant

Fig. 2 (Demand-dependent control)

Exchange of data (so-called interworking) between the Synco 700 controllers and the primary controllers on the heat and refrigeration source side ensures demand-dependent generation of heat or refrigeration

For more informationen, please contact: M r. Michael Kummer

Landis & Staefa GmbH Friesstraße 20

D- 60388 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: k u m m e r. m i c h a e l @ s i e m e n s . c o m Tel: ++49 69 4002-1615


SIRLAN (Secured Infrastructure for Commercial and Residential Local Area Network) has been created to develop hard and software components, for the equipment of new applications who will require products who are capable to com-municate, independent if the communica-tion stays between the products inside the home or if communication towards the ex-ternal world is needed as well.

Afirst level of services includes the con-figuration and the remote control of equip-ment, safety (remote monitoring), the en-e rgy saving (then-ermal managen-emen-ent, waten-er), information and the communication. T h e possible application fields are related to the industrial sector and the one of ser-vices (E-health, education, safety, etc). In architectural terms, this platform in-cludes at the same time hardware and soft-ware tools, as well as the elements of a se-cured communication infrastructure, based on standardised technologies.

SIRLAN general architecture

The SIRLAN architecture can be split-up up into 3 principal components:

•In the building, a local area communi-cation network connects the products between each other, using the power line as transport medium for the data. •At the outside of the house an

extend-ed securextend-ed communication network, based on the standard Internet proto-cols, on which people and machines will connect who would like to interact

with the appliances in the building; • At the border, an interface: the H o m e

Intelligent Te r m i n a l (HIT) charged to control the communication between the appliances and the external network and visa versa.

When you compare SIRLAN with other possible solutions for home automation, the originality is one of the major assets of the SIRLAN platform, on top of the opti-mal function distribution provided by each one of its components. This distribution is based on 2 principles:

•To privilege the simplicity and the ro-bustness of the apparatuses located in-side the building.

•To centralise the intelligence where it is simplest and most economic to manage. The Home Intelligent Te r m i n a l (HIT) is a component in the network who takes care about the "Service entrance" (Gate-way) of the telecom or energy operators and it has the central distribution function for all information for the house network (Home Controllers). This HIT is able to establish a connection easily and to com-munication at the same time with the net-work components of Utilities and those of the house network. This HIT makes it possible to connect the interior network of the house to the exterior world , and visa versa.

While entering more in detail into the in-terior of the HIT, you will see it looks like components of a modem 56 K, a modem ADSL, or a Home controller STM and even to other modules useful for connections to the Home buses. (KNX, Ethernet, etc).

Figure 2: HIT equipment

The SIRLAN extranet is the part of SIR-L A N ’s infrastructure, situated outside the building. It connects the actors and the services of the SIRLAN business model according to the following diagram:

Figure 3

The SIRLAN extranet consist of 2 princi-pal entities. It implies functions of various natures: The management of the basic sevices, the connection between the diff e rent componrents dedicated to an applica -tion, the security management and the functionalities of remote loading of appli-cations, constitute the principal assets of extranet SIRLAN.

Assets of the SIRLAN extranet

Remote downloading of applications: The SIRLAN extranet facilitates the in-stallation and maintenance of applica-tions in the building thanks to its device of remote downloading.

Taking care of the basic functions: The SIRLAN extranet provides high level SIRLAN applications such as the management of the communications with the HITs, the management of the users and their access control, the man-agement of HTTPinterfaces. This facil-itates the development and exploitation of the applications.

Connection with the suppliers of services: The SIRLAN extranet is open towards the information systems of the service providers, they can thus collect infor-mation on the usage of their applica-tions and increase the added value of the services delivered to their cus-t o m e r s .

S a f e t y :

The SIRLAN extranet manages confi-dential the partitioning of HITs, the ap-plications and the data.

SIRLAN an overview

Figure 1: General overview of the SIRLAN architecture

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uilt almost 10 years ago, the nursery school Desrous-seaux de Lambersart (59, Nord department in France) was still equipped with an old electrical heating system and a very basic control, impossible for energy sav-ing. During the audit of this build-ing, which was carried out within the framework of the partnership "Conseil en maîtrise d’énergie”, signed between the city and the re-gional EDF centre of Lille metropo-lis, it became clear that the installa-tion needs a more powerful and modern control system allowing the engineering department of the city to control the installation remotely. Conform a precise specification, the Tébis system of Hager was select-ed: to improve considerably the thermal comfort of the occupants and realising substantial electrical e n e rgy savings in parallel. The renovation of the electric in-stallation was easily and quickly carried out by the electricians of the communal engineering department. The commissioning as such, was entrusted to an independent system i n t e g r a t o r, it took no more than half a day, for the configuration of the supervisor and the various modules. The heating system of the Desrousseaux nursery school is now accessible by a local or remote PC via a simple telephone line. Did this trial get successors? Yes in-deed, after more than three years of operation, the personnel and the

KONNEX goes back

to school



he association "La Vie, autrement…" has realised in Hantay (North department -59 – in France) a innovating project made up by 4 buildings: 1 building for the administration and medical care, 3 buildings accommodating each one 12 residents with their particular needs living together. These 3 buildings, all equipped with an adapted kitchen, where the residents live (that is to say on the whole 36 people), have as characteristic meeting point in the middle of the complex: a mini forum with a reception perg o l a which makes it possible to receive visitors (par-ents, friends etc...) during the whole year and at whatever weather.

The project in itself comprises: a greenhouse which makes it possible to the young handi-capped youngsters to become familiar with the plantation of sowing during the whole year. T h e greenhouses make it possible to the

youngsters to prepare the planta-tions in the garden during Spring. The installation of elevated flower stands allows a handicapped per-son in a wheel chair to slip partly under the stand to be able to create an adapted working station of

plan-tation. The majority of these youngsters teenagers are cerebral handicapped people, trau-matised cranial and myopathes. Apart from the traditional revalidation areas and reception rooms you will find the private rooms for 1 or 2 persons per r o o m .

These rooms are adapted in such way that the dependent person has a real autonomy of life. He can control: the television, the hi-fi system, the lighting, the door and the window blinds. Each youngster has, on his wheelchair, a “Téléthèse” which enables him to execute he likes to do in the hall, in his room and to move himself through the entire build-ings.

Another specificity, each room has its telephone which makes it possible to com-municate with the out-s i d e w o r l d , w i t h o u t p a s s i n g via the c e n t r a l

reception. The youngsters have now the possi-b i l i t y, thanks to the infra-red telephone, to do di-al the phone numbers themselves.

The project was carried out thanks to the EIB-KONNEX BUS and to the technologies devel-oped by SIEMENS and HAGER within the framework aid to the handicapped.

Interview with the user

After our arrival, it was Mrs. HANTSON, Di-rector of the accommodation, who received us and showed us the installations. During our vis-it she made us acquaint wvis-ith her remarkable ob-servation by saying: "As soon as the residents arrived they immediately adapted at the use of this home automa-tion……..they have learned themselves to use the home automation " as Mrs. HANTSON defines it. This living project demands also special skills and training from the educational and care personnel, to become quickly familiar with all the technologies in use, a special training course has been organised to control all the in-stalled.

It is remarkable to notice the facility with which the residents handle the téléthèses allowing them to manipulate their occupations and to move in the installations. For Mrs. HANTSON, the meet-ing point "the Forum" will gain its importance as the beautiful days arrive. The permanent concern is to keep up a view on Nature thanks to the larg e windows with motorised window blinds which can be controlled by each resident.

KONNEX in service for the handicapped

Ty p e :

Clinic specialised for multi-handicapped adults

O w n e r : “La Vie, autrement… N u m b e r of ro o m s : 3 0 H a n d i c a p : m u l t i - h a n d i c a p p e d

P l a c e : Hantay (59, Nord department France)

Technical installations:

H A G E R : Modular electrical installation

mate-rial, distribution panels and the EIB TEBIS p r o d u c t s .


mod-ules and remote control.

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children at school do not complain any more about the thermal "yoyo" effect and the electricity power contract was reduced from 72 to 60 kVA. Encouraged by these results, the municipality just launched a

call for offers to equip the other munici-pality buildings with the Tébis system as well.

"The surveillance system enables us, amongst other things, to monitor and re-motely regulate the temperature in more than 20 different zones. This is a big ad-vantage.

Remote maintenance, is essential for the cities. The profit in comfort is imme-diately for the 215 pupils and the person-nel. On the other hand, the pay back peri-od will be relatively short, in the order of 5 years, because we are now able to re-duce our electricity bill by 20 to 30% per y e a r.

Ty p e : Nursery school

• 23 heating control zones, either by electrical radiator of by ceiling heating • 4 zones for lighting control

• 3 water boilers in control • Annual control planning

• Automatic graphical registration per zone of the temperature and the consumed energy.

• Built-in diagnostics • Control via a telephone line

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Who is who in the secretariat of Konnex Association

Who’s who



System & Software department

Certification and Administration

Marketing department

Ms. Hazel Johnson

Secretary of the Association hazel.Johnson@konnex.org

Mr. Ufuk Unal Assistant certification ufuk.unal@konnex.org Ms. Nancy Mullucks

Assistant for System and marketing department nancy.mullucks@konnex.org

Mr. Joost Demarest Director, certification & administration joost.demarest@konnex.org

Mr. Serge Creola Assistant to software & marketing department serge.creola@konnex.org

Mr. Christophe Parthoens System engineer ETS & KNX standard

christophe.parthoens@konnex.org Mr. Ruben Goethals

System engineer ETS ruben.goethals@konnex.org

Mr. Wouter van den Bos Manager marketing & communication wouter.vandenbos@konnex.org Mr. Harry Crijns

Director marketing & communication harry.crijns@konnex.org Ms. Chantal Degol

Sales & logistics software chantal.degol@konnex.org

Mr. Steven de Bruyne System engineer KNX standard steven.debruyne@konnex.org Mr. Marc Goossens

Marc Goossens Director, system & software department ETS marc.goossens@konnex.org





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