From design to installation, it is clear that the electrical sector is becoming more and more digitalised and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. This is why at this year’s upcoming Installers’ Summit on 20-21 September in Stockholm, we are doing a deep dive into all things digital and the opportunities and challenges that come with digitalisation. One sectoral player that has always been on the cutting-edge of the digitalisation trend is KNX. We spoke with Casto Cañavate, Marketing Director at KNX, to discuss their latest projects and what they see for a more digitalised sector.
KNX recently launched a new platform for smart home and building projects across the world – could you explain what this platform is and its impact so far?
CC: In order to witness the intelligence at first hand and to respond to the strongly increased demand for it, KNX Association launched the “KNX Project Platform”.
The KNX Project Platform contains hundreds of recent KNX projects, ranging from small residential apartments to gigantic buildings, such as football stadiums, universities and airports. Not only is the world of smart homes and buildings brought closer to a wider audience, the manifold usage of a smart infrastructure within a house, which is delivered by KNX, highlights the individual advantages for everybody.
Each project presents its individual highlights, as well as further information, such as the used brands, the transmission media, size of the project, costs, man hours, etc. This allows to fully grasp the impact of the smart installations with KNX in each project, highlighting the full potential in all applications with all its individual benefits, leaving no questions open.
Of even greater importance are construction SMEs – around 99.9% of the European construction is actually composed of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, which altogether produce 80% of the construction industry’s output.
How can this platform be used as a tool for electrical contractors when developing and putting in electrical installations for smart buildings?
CC: The KNX Project Platform also extends the horizon of integrators and/or electrical contractors by showing the unlimited selection of solutions and applications for KNX. The broad range of KNX products, their combination as well as the many hidden features are shown on this platform.
At the same time, it allows them to present themselves towards their audience, as the KNX Project Platform offers a high level of exposure for everybody, who uploaded their projects. The included export function allows the integrator to create a report and promote his/her services beyond the KNX Project Platform.
What does KNX see for the future of smart buildings in Europe?
CC: Creating business opportunities whilst educating the market about smart homes and buildings – KNX Association follows again its philosophy to bring intelligence to real estates with the KNX Project Platform. But the platform is just one of many ongoing developments of KNX all over the world. Besides offering th