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Fri 1 Jun 2007 12:00 AM

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EIB Association to close in Spain

The European Installation Bus (EIB) Association is scheduled to cease existence in Spain by Autumn 2007.

The European Installation Bus (EIB) Association is scheduled to cease existence in Spain by Autumn 2007. This will be replaced by the KNX Association revealed Michael Sartor, member of the EIB Espania Association executive committee.

The KNX Association promotes the KNX standard, an open protocol for home and building controls that enables cross-discipline interoperability and supports various configuration tools. The Association is headquartered in Brussels and is comprised of firms that offer KNX protocol solutions.

Sartor explained: "There used to be several protocols used [in intelligent building systems]: EIB was used most in Europe, but there was also Batibus in France and EHS in Germany - these three have joined to form KNX; 80% of KNX is still EIB."

KNX fully complies with the European standard for home and building electronic systems EN 50090 and ISO/IEC 14543. The KNX Association builds on over ten years of experience of the legacy standards EIB, EHS and Batibus on the basis of which it was formed.

"The three joined together around a year ago and are now in the process of changing to KNX. Some countries have already changed, while others are in the process of doing so.

By joining [the three Associations], one system can be used throughout Europe and as it is approved by an international standard it can also be used in the USA," added Sartor.

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