In February this year ABB announced a joint initiative between ABB India and Australia to help set up the Australia-India Research Centre for Automation Software Engineering (AICAUSE) in collaboration with the RMIT University in Australia.
At the KNX facility, ABB is providing KNX equipment for hands-on training as well as RMIT facilitator training. The KNX product range includes energy monitoring devices, lighting controls, blind and shutter control, security, environmental control (HVAC), presence and movement detection as well as audio visual management.
KNX is an open-architecture building automation system which has been widely used and trusted across the world for more than 20 years. It provides energy efficient solutions and comfort control to building applications.
"KNX technology is getting high acceptance as the world’s open standard for the control of all types of intelligent buildings, both commercial and residential," said Keith Leung, head of low voltage products and systems for ABB in Australia. "KNX is well established as the number one protocol in the world and we definitely see it as the future of building automation systems here in Australia.”
Drawing on the experience of other countries, RMIT has made a significant step forward in building control in Australia with their decision to train all their electrical engineering and apprentice students on KNX.
RMIT University Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President, Professor Peter Coloe said that the ongoing collaboration with ABB helps position RMIT at the forefront of global software engineering for advanced automation technologies.
"RMIT's collaboration with industry is integral to its leadership in applied research and education, and to the development of work-ready, highly skilled and globally focused graduates," Professor Coloe said.
Buildings are one of the most significant sources of energy consumption across the world. Building system engineering supported by intelligent and networked room and whole-building controllers, can contribute significantly to conservative and requirement-based energy use. The worldwide standard for KNX technology enables energy savings in the double-figure percentage range as well as providing enhanced flexibility with planning and implementation, along with a high level of investment protection and availability.
KNX offers true flexibility by using a genuine open architecture and has more than 300 manufacturers globally offering products to integrate into a single communication network.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest tertiary institution. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures. (www.rmit.edu.au)