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KNX Housing association Benifits From Freedom Provided by KNX

A KNX building automation project within a care home property belonging to a leading housing association is clearly demonstrating how KNX technology can meet the demands for comfort and versatility in such properties. The installation was undertaken by KNX UK member and systems integrator Ohms & Watts.

In completing this project a wide range of KNX technology capabilities in the areas of lighting & heating regulation, security & monitoring, central automation, energy & load management were employed. In addition, features such as remote control and maintenance, visualization & operation as well interfacing to the nurse assistance call system and the main fire alarm system were critical to the project.

Working closely with the housing association, Ohms & Watts provided a customized solution with many examples of innovative applications of KNX technology. These included an innovative pillow vibrator designed for those hard of hearing or asleep and providing an alert when a smoke detector alarm is sounded. Another novel KNX application was the attack alarm that the carers now carry and can alert the PC–based control centre by simply pressing a button on the fob should they be attacked whilst tending to a patient.

KNX also interfaces with the property’s access control system. This allows the automated opening/closing of doors in the desired open areas as well as the doors of an apartment’s en-suite bathroom. One great advantage is that now, through the use of infra-red controllers, wheel-chair bound clients of the housing association have easy access through doors.

The use of KNX technology has also had life changing consequences. It has allowed a patient for the first time in over 60 years to be moved to sheltered accommodation and given them some degree of freedom. It has also made the life of the carers considerably easier thanks to the combination of the security and monitoring solutions provided through KNX as well as applications such as PIR detection installed in every room. This provides constant and prioritised real-time information and alerts on the patient’s movement to the central PC or a hand held PDA.


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