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Strengthen Building Interoperability With Automation Control

Test to KNX protocols to gain better home and building automation control.

Woman operating touchscreen for smart home operation

November 10, 2021

Technology continually changes the management of building systems. As appliances, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems become connected, interoperability plays a key role in automated management. To assist with these evolving building systems, the KNX global standard exists to address the new ways homes and buildings may be controlled.

KNX for home and building control

Buildings contain many systems that require frequent monitoring and maintenance. These systems and the appliances/components within are utilizing connected technologies to communicate status and allow control. These systems include:

  • HVAC 
  • Lighting
  • Blind and shutter
  • Security systems
  • Energy management

The KNX standard addresses home and building automation and remote access.

A global solution for home and building control

The KNX standard is the successor to the three previous standards: Bariba’s, the European Installation Bus (EIB) and the European Home Systems Protocol (EHS). KNX is approved as:

  • European standard (CENELEC EN 50090 and CEN EN 13321-1)
  • International standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3)
  • Chinese standard (GB/T 20965)

In addition to performance, the standard describes quality requirements for functional and environmental safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and reliability.

With the KNX ecosystem, architects, designers, contractors and builders can optimize their installation and maintenance costs and secure a maximum level of interoperability with other manufacturers’ equipment, devices and controls.

KNX testing and certification services

To help ensure compliance, functionality and interoperability of your KNX products, UL’s experts can provide you with comprehensive testing and reports needed for KNX certification.

Our qualified experts with comprehensive knowledge of wireless technologies and standards can assist with certification testing of your KNX devices to help confirm interoperability and functionality. We also offer extensive testing for connected appliances and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

UL’s services include:

  • Application software checks
  • Engineering Tool Software (ETS®) plug-in checks
  • Interoperability and functionality tests
  • Implementer training
  • End-to-end interoperability testing
  • Functional safety testing
  • Product and system safety and performance evaluations
  • Cybersecurity and IoT rating

Our KNX certification tests follows the KNX standard Part 5, KNX Certification of Products.

Contact us to learn more about UL’s KNX testing services.