Apps make KNX Engineering Tool Software more versatile

June 06, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
There are apps for iPhone, for smart phones, for tablet PCs – and now there are new KNX apps for the Engineering Tool Software ETS4. In principle, the ETS Professional is sufficient for users wishing to install and configure KNX systems. Just as for mobile phones, users may however wish additional functionality when applying KNX. As not all can be part of the ETS 4 basic functionality, ETS apps will soon be offered in the KNX online shop.

The world standard for home and building automation is used everywhere: In residential buildings, in all kinds of commercial buildings and even in large building complexes like airports. The Engineering Tool Software (ETS) is the most important tool for KNX projects. The new ETS4 provides everything users need for configuration, commissioning and service. KNX users, who have familiarized themselves with the system and who are working on large projects, sometimes wish special functions, in order to work faster, safer and in a more controlled way. When developing ETS4, the KNX Association already integrated many of the functions demanded by users from the field. It offers everything users need to configure and to design a KNX project. Functions are easy to find and the application is easy to understand and to handle. Therefore, it was only logical to offer any further extras for users as extensions. With the concept of the ETS Apps, KNX Association has found a perfect solution. ETS4 remains open for future wishes of users and technical developments.

The apps will be developed by KNX members. Individual apps can be created thanks to the provided API, which already includes many basic functions. This allows nearly limitless creative ideas. However, compatibility of the entire system is maintained as all apps have to be validated by KNX Association and will only be available via the KNX online shop. Owners of ETS4 wishing additional functionality only need to download, install and licence the apps to enjoy the extras.

 

The first ETS apps were introduced at the world's largest trade fair for intelligent buildings, light+building in Frankfurt/Main from 15th to 20th April 2012. One of them is the ETS app “Extended Copy”. KNX users who repeatedly edit the same room functions or building structures can save a large amount of working time. System integrators who work in teams on large projects and want to co-operate seamlessly, will undoubtedly welcome the ETS