The doors to Light + Building, the international trade fair for lighting and building technology, are closed and the exhibition spaces of Messe Frankfurt have been swept clean. After six days of trade fair, thousands of exciting talks and countless positive “oohs” and “aahs”, digitalSTROM is looking back on a trade show that was overall successful and fruitful.
“Zuverlässig zukunftssicher” (German for “unfailingly future-proof”) was written in large letters - and therefore visible for all visitors - above the 100 m² trade stand. For the multi award-winning German/Swiss company, this motto is more than just a claim - it is a product promise. Visitors could be convinced of in many different ways.
The qualities needed in a smart home system to be “unfailingly future-proof” could be experienced and were vividly explained in each area of the digitalSTROM stand. Alongside the simple integration of several KNX products, updated network components and numerous new third-party products underline that the digitalSTROM platform is not only becoming increasingly attractive, but that it is moreover ready for the future.
One of the highlights of the trade show at Stand C90 in Hall 9.1 was the new virtual device connector (vDC) for KNX, with which KNX buttons and sensors can now also be integrated into digitalSTROM’s uniform operating and configuration logic in a fully functional way. Alongside the protocol conversion, the vDC, hosted by the new dS-S21-GW gateway, ensures that the KNX devices exhibit digitalSTROM’s typical standard device behaviour. For users who want to use KNX products in digitalSTROM environments, the old “either-or” issue is thus null and void. For them, no difference after integration exists between KNX applications and original digitalSTROM applications, from (voice) operations via Google Home to simple, individually preferred device configuration and comprehensive orchestration options. All other digitalSTROM advantages are also available for the integrated KNX applications.
The new virtual device connector (vDC) for KNX received the greatest amount of attention from visitors. With this, KNX buttons and sensors can now be integrated into digitalSTROM’s uniform operating and configuration logic in a fully functional way.
Alongside the protocol conversion, the vDC, hosted by the new dS-S21-GW gateway, ensures that the KNX devices exhibit digitalSTROM’s typical standard device behaviour. For users who want to use KNX products in digitalSTROM environments, the old “either-or” issue is thus null and void.
No difference after integration exists between KNX applications and original digitalSTROM applications, from (voice) operations via Google Home to simple, individually preferred device configuration and comprehensive orchestration options. All other digitalSTROM advantages are also available for the integrated KNX applications.
Another attractive innovation on show was a state-of-the-art range of obligatory digitalSTROM network components and the new 300 generation of terminals for lighting applications, which will be available in the course of the year.
With the new lighting terminals, a significantly more conductive chip inside ensures higher bandwidth and a reduction in standby consumption from 0.4W to 0.1W. This is not only advantageous as regards improved energy efficiency, but also for the service life, as the thermal load on the electronics is reduced.
Besides this, the new GE-TKM300 and GE-KM300 terminals are true universal dimmers. Alongside the phase section, the latest generation of smart actuator terminals have also mastered phase angle control and can thus be used for dimming almost all lamp types available on the market.
The new terminals are independently compatible with all digitalSTROM components. In addition, the dSM has been completely renewed and equipped with a chip that reduces power consumption and increases overall performance. The new dSM is being introduced this year in the dSM20 for 16 A and dSM25 for 25 A versions. After the upgrade of the dS server for version 20 and 22 in the last year as well as with the new terminal and dSM generations, digitalSTROM has got all central system components ready for future requirements.
Alongside their own developments, the multi award-winning digitalSTROM company also presented a cross-section of the ever growing selection of dS-ready products from third-party manufacturers at the Light + Bildung show.
The latest applications that can be networked via the power lines include the new wall control unit u::Lux Switch dS, the Meteodata 140 dS ready weather station from Theben or the motion detector from the IC Industrielle Computertechnik company for use with sockets.
For example, the full integration of IP devices via gateways or vDCs can be demonstrated by DALI lights, EnOcean buttons, a Siemens oven or the Miele wine cooler. With a total of 30 interconnected appliances, digitalSTROM demonstrated at the trade show the nearly unlimited orchestration options of the smart home platform and the perfect collaboration between devices.
Concurrent with Light + Building, a new publication appeared: “The digitalSTROM platform - how it works”. In this technical handbook, anyone who is interested can find out all about how digitalSTROM digitizes and interconnects building technology, household appliances, home electronics and assistance systems. The technical handbook describes the hardware and software infrastructure as well as the individual components and provides technical information concerning the smart home platform. What digitalSTROM and partner products are there? How do you connect them? How does the interaction work? The answers to these questions and many more can be found in the technical handbook.
The digitalSTROM Technik-Guide App is the digital supplement to the newly published technical handbook. This technical assistance app provides countless additional information, features and functions. The content is regularly refreshed with updates.
Furthermore, the app provides attractive added value, such as more in-depth information on hardware, software, applications etc., interactive graphics and links to product information sheets, plus continuously updated price lists including important product information.
With the digitalSTROM Technik-Guide App and the digitalSTROM technical handbook, anyone interested in digitalSTROM can always remain well informed.
You can download the technical handbook here: https://leitfaden.digitalstrom.com
Watch video of Light + Building: https://youtu.be/N5P7S40JR68
The Technik-Guide App is available for both ioS and Android and can be downloaded here: