The FZI serves as a test laboratory for the communication technology KNX

Successful accreditation as a test laboratory for the standardised communication technology for home and building automation / KNX Association has verified the com-petence according to DIN EN ISO 17025:2005 to carry out interworking and functionali-ty tests in compliance with the current KNX specifications / Current research goals at the FZI are new networking and diagnosis technologies in the field of KNX-based data communication as well as general safety and security and data security

Karlsruhe, Germany, August 24, 2015 – The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is now one of worldwide 12 accredited test laboratories for the standardised communication technology KNX according to ISO 17025:2005. Thus, the FZI is able to provide its project partners interworking and functional tests completely independent of vendors according to the KNX standard.

The fieldbus technology KNX connects distributed sensors and electronic control units (actuators) for the control and regulation in home and building automation. The KNX certification process ensures that products of different manufacturers cooperate and communicate with each other in different applications. To prove that products comply with KNX standards, the tests are carried out in neutral laboratories by independent third parties. The KNX Association has verified the competence according to DIN EN ISO 17025:2005 to carry out interworking and functionality tests in compliance with the current KNX specifications.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Michael Hübner, professor for the research focus Industrial Automation at the FZI, is convinced of the potential for technology transfer: “Many providers of building automation solutions see a distinctive competitive advantage in being able to provide their customers tested KNX products. Thus, the FZI, as an independent non-profit research institution, supports and tests KNX devices in a neutral and professional environment.”

The certification process

In case a manufacturer would like the FZI to certify a device, it has to be registered with KNX Association first. Afterwards, the request has to be sent to us so that we can make a written offer and provide a cost evaluation on the certification tests needed. After commissioning, the device to be tested as well as the related documents have to be submitted to us. We guarantee comprehensive confidentiality by keeping the devices safe within restricted areas. The tests are carried out on the basis of agreed test guidelines. The manufacturer receives a test report after the certification test is done. With a positive test report, the manufacturer can apply for a certificate at the office of KNX Association.

Dr.-Ing. Bruno Rosales, manager of the KNX test laboratory, adds: “In case any difficulties or deviations should occur during the software or hardware testing process of the device, of course, we support you in finding a solution. Besides testing KNX devices, we offer development and research services in the field of building automation. Due to the excellent equipment in our FZI Living Lab smartHome/AAL, we are able to develop, test and evaluate technologies, devices and systems in the context of building automation fast and independent of manufacturers.”

The FZI Living Lab smartHome/AAL is a realistic building automation environment in the shape of a two-room apartment with several sensors, actuators and gateways as well as domestic appliances of different manufacturers. The main focus of current research activities in the laboratory lies on the development of secure cloud-based middleware for smart home components as well as on the set up of a framework for the server-side processing and evaluation of sensor data.

The researchers at the FZI support manufacturers in realising innovative ideas. Currently, the FZI develops new technologies for the interconnection and diagnosis as well as for safety and security and data security in the field of KNX-based data communication.

About KNX

More than 380 manufacturers of the standardised communication technology KNX from 38 countries formed the KNX user organisation KNX Association in order to promote the technical enhancement of home and system technologies as well as to establish it internationally.

According to KNX Association, its members represent more than 80% of the devices for home and building automation sold in Europe. The technology enables the comprehensive control and networking of electric consumers.

In 1999, KNX was formed out of an initiative of the BCI (BatBUS Club International), the EIBA (European Installation Bus Association) and the EHSA (European Home System Association) in order to standardise building automation. KNX has successfully established itself in the market because of its flexibility and it can be used under different structural and architectural conditions.

Learn more at: http://www.knx.org/

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young scientists for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients.

The FZI House of Living Labs is a unique research environment for applied research. All areas of the FZI are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. The head office of the FZI is located in Karlsruhe, Germany. A branch of the FZI is located in Berlin.

More Information

Johanna Häs, FZI Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe
Telephone: +49 721 9654-904
Email: haes@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
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