Delivering secure remote access to the smart home with KNX, the Gira S1, available from Ivory Egg, enables users to remotely connect to their KNX smart home with total security. How? The Gira S1 ensures that all communication is encrypted and secure as the server for the Gira device portal is located in Germany and is subject to German data protection laws. This ensures that stringent data protection standards are applied so all Gira customers are fully protected with safe and secure technology. Preventing unauthorised access Both the Homeserver and the X1 allow you to manage and control lighting, blinds and heating from anywhere in a building or remotelySwitching off the light, checking camera images, switching on the heating and/or closing the blinds while on the move has never been safer, removing the risk and opportunity for unauthorised persons to gain access to your smart home system. Working in conjunction with the Gira X1 or Gira HomeServer App, the Gira S1 communicates with the Gira device portal: removing the need to laboriously activate a VPN or special settings in the router! Both the Homeserver and the X1 allow you to manage and control lighting, blinds and heating from anywhere in a building or remotely and make visualising a family home with a KNX system more convenient and functional than ever before. Smart home solutions And thanks to Gira S1, homeowners can now define who has access to their smart home safely and securely. Mark Warburton, Technical Director at Ivory Egg, says “The introduction of the Gira S1 answers the clear demand for intelligent smart home solutions which offer secure remote access. With the market for smart homes readily gaining traction, I believe that user-security will become a primary concern for homeowners. To be able to overcome this potential problem with a simple remote access module is what our industry needs to progress this type of technology and have it viewed as a prerequisite for the modern home.” User benefits Secure remote access to a smart home with KNX using the Gira HomeServer or Gira X1 App Secure remote access to web-based visualisations Secure remote maintenance and remote programming of the Gira HomeServer, Gira G1, Gira X1, Gira L1, and Gira KNX IP router Secure remote maintenance and remote programming of KNX projects using ETS4 or ETS5. Programming is supported along with diagnosis via group and bus monitor Secure remote access to HTML pages in the smart home network (e.g. camera, NAS, router, switch) Secure data transfer courtesy of SSL/TLS encryption Independence from internet provider and network routers. Secure remote access even with IPv6 Dual Stack Lite - (e.g. with Unitymedia), LTE, or UMTS connections Remote access can be managed via KNX communication objects Feedback of the secure connection statuses via KNX communication objects Send KNX status messages via email. An attachment can be added to the email, as an option Send KNX status messages by SMS or voice call Optimised KNX IP communication, for mobile or very slow connections Supports the accelerated transfer of the ETS to KNXnet/IP devices via a direct KNX IP connection Two RJ45 sockets with switch functionality support simple loop-through of the patch cable Quick and convenient Gira S1 start-up via the Gira device portal 2 GB of data each month Unlimited operating life and 5 years' guaranteed server operation Functional extensions and updates via firmware and software updates Firmware update is performed via the Gira Project Assistant (GPA) Hardware prepared for KNX Secure. Future firmware update required
Ivory Egg, specialists in KNX intelligent building technology solutions, have announced the launch of a brand-new training program for 2019 in order to help system integrators develop all the skills they need to sell, specify, commission and maintain KNX projects. New Sales & Specification Course Following the release of the KNX Association’s update to the standardised KNX Basic and Advanced Courses, Ivory Egg have taken the opportunity to refresh their entire training program, including introducing a brand-new course developed specifically for the UK integrator. Developed exclusively by Ivory Egg, the primary aim of this new Sales & Specification Course is to make winning and designing your first project easier and more productive. Residential KNX systems A wide range of topics are covered in this convenient one-day course, including constructive methods for selling KNX systems A wide range of topics are covered in this convenient one-day course, including constructive methods for selling KNX systems, what information is required to know and relay to other parts in the building process, alongside the correct product specifications when facilitating a residential KNX system. The new Sales & Specification Course is designed to be run in parallel with the KNX Basic Course, yet is suitable for anyone looking to sell, quote or design KNX projects quickly and/or autonomously. KNX Basic Course After the success of the split Technician and Partner courses, Ivory Egg have decided to return to the standard format of the KNX Basic Course, following the much-needed changes by the KNX Association. These changes recognise that some of the content was better suited to the advanced course, which means the Basic course is now more focused on key skills and programming. Ivory Egg are running the course over 4 days instead of 5, ensuring as little time is spent away from work as possible. A recognised industry standard, completion of the KNX Basic course allows you to become a KNX Partner and this course is perfectly suited to integrators and electricians looking to develop their KNX skills and market reach. Updates to the KNX Heating Course In addition to the new Sales & Specification course, Ivory Egg has also updated its Heating Course In addition to the new Sales & Specification course, Ivory Egg has also updated its Heating Course. Unlike other KNX heating courses, this training program has been created specifically for the UK market and covers the systems you will typically find on a British project. This course focuses on how a KNX heating system works, which products to specify and most importantly, how to configure them. Ivory Egg’s new Heating Course also encompasses information about the control of cooling systems and more advanced BMS solutions for intelligent building management. Offering a comprehensive understanding of what can be controlled, you will be able to confidently adapt to demanding situations, typical of real word projects. KNX Advanced Course The last step in the program is the Advanced course, suitable for KNX Partners who are looking to further develop their skills. Taking a deeper look at how KNX works, this course includes how to integrate KNX with advanced systems like DALI, BMS and Logic. It also takes a more in-depth look at how KNX works including IP communication and the exciting KNX Secure solution which makes KNX a market leader in encrypted building automation. Completing this course will enable an integrator to join an elite few worldwide who have updated their KNX Partner status to Advanced. Mark Warburton, Technical Director at Ivory Egg, says “We are incredibly excited to launch these new courses for 2019, along with the recently updated KNX Basic and Advanced courses. Finding new ways to share the knowledge and resources we have built up over 15 years is one of our key focuses for the future, so it’s great to be able to integrators new course and content. By supporting integrators with focused courses alongside the standard KNX courses, we believe they will be able to win more projects and deliver them quicker”.
Ivory Egg, specialists in KNX intelligent building technology and complementary solutions, congratulates one of its newly trained system integrators, Leo Walton, Owner, Electrobyte Ltd, as he secures huge recognition at this year’s Smart Solution Awards, part of UK Construction Week 2018. Electrobyte Ltd, specialists in the design, installation and commissioning of smart home systems, audio/visual systems and data networking, graced the winner podium at the Smart Solutions Awards 2018 to win ‘Best Installer’ and also a highly commended award for ‘Best Residential Project’. The Smart Solutions Awards champions integrators and installers who have demonstrated project excellence The Smart Solutions Awards took place on Wednesday 10th October 2018 as part of UK Construction Week within the Digital Construction Hub at NEC, Birmingham. Advocating integrators and installers Keeping company amongst the industries finest, Electrobyte Ltd scooped a winning award for ‘Best Installer’ and Highly Commended for ‘Best Residential Project – Eight bedroom new-build installation’ Smart Solutions Award for 2018; collected by Leo Walton, Owner, Electrobyte Ltd. The Awards were judged by an independent expert panel where all finalists were revealed at the show and a candidate for highly-commended and ultimate winner of each category was announced by BBC News Reader, Steph McGovern. The Smart Solutions Awards, now in its 2nd year, champions integrators and installers who have demonstrated project excellence, along with recognition for manufacturers who develop market-leading products and services, as well as provide training opportunities that help facilitate the growth of the smart solutions sector. Making complex systems accessible I was honoured to win an award for ‘Best Installer and also receive Highly Commended for ‘Best Residential Project’"Mark Warburton, Technical Director, Ivory Egg says “Leo Walton, Owner of Electrobyte, is one of the newest system integrators trained by Ivory Egg so it’s great to see his effort on this project recognised. We look forward to continuing to support and guide Leo as he takes on more KNX projects and hopefully continues to win awards.” Leo Walton, Owner, Electrobyte Ltd says “The application of technology and how it can improve and enhance our lives is what drives me. I was honoured to win an award for ‘Best Installer and also receive Highly Commended for ‘Best Residential Project’ at the Smart Solutions awards 2018. Experiencing the levels of innovation and development of technology is like being a kid in a sweet shop. “The possibilities seem endless and it is impossible to not get excited about how the right technology can make complex systems accessible to even the biggest technophobe. The support and guidance from Ivory Egg throughout the project has been invaluable and, as the building is controlled via a KNX system, I was able to use input modules behind the customers desired switches with Gira solutions used throughout the rest of the project.” Delivering a truly connected building Since Ivory Egg began in 2005, they have been partners with Gira UK sharing business acumen, leads and customer feedback"Mark Booth, Managing Director, Gira UK says “Being a part of an award-winning project is testament to how far the industry has come in terms of the ‘smart home’ and we’re so proud to be at the forefront of design and innovation. Since Ivory Egg began in 2005, they have been partners with Gira UK sharing business acumen, leads and customer feedback and supporting system integrators to deliver Gira projects. “With the support from Ivory Egg and award-winning integrator, Leo Walton of Electrobyte, it is now becoming common knowledge that it is possible to deliver a truly connected building where all building services operate via a single control technology.” Highly Commended Residential Project from Electrobyte - Smart solutions used: Lighting – Relays, Dali Gateways, Mains Dimming, 1-10v Dimming Presence Detectors Heating Actuators for UFH System Components – Power Supplies, Line Coupler Gira S1 & Homeserver Gira Weather Station