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  • Wandsworth Brings KNX Smart Home Technology to Grand Designs Live

    Daniel Fountain
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    The Wandsworth Group is to help architects and self-builders understand how they can combine wow factor, comfort and energy efficiency when it showcases the company’s range of KNX intelligent control and visualisation tools at Grand Designs Live (Stand B10).Designed to co-ordinate lighting, heating, A/V systems and blind controls in the home, the KNX systems available from The Wandsworth Group combine advanced technology with a simple to use touch screen panels. Homeowners can run pre-programmed scenes, operate centralised controls or even access the system remotely, making it easy to create an intelligent home that is flexible, controllable and energy efficient.

    Wandsworth is the exclusive UK distributor of Jung KNX products in the UK and will launch the Jung Smart Room Controller at the show, a new compact, wall-mounted control screen that has been designed to offer intuitive operation, just like an iPhone. Designed to enable easy browsing, scrolling and management of complex controls, the Smart Controller features a touch screen and touch buttons in a discreet unit that allows the user to select the individual rooms and functions. Users can even customise the unit, using the ‘homepage’ and ‘favourites’ page options to provide fast, direct access to their mostly frequently used functions and locations.

    Explains The Wandsworth Group’s KNX technical specialist, Gordon Fry: “Sometimes people can be put off specifying a KNX system because the technology is very advanced and they mistakenly think it means that you need to be technically-minded to use it. This is simply not the case: all our KNX systems have been designed to offer ease of operation and complete flexibility for the end user and now, with the launch of the new Smart Controller, we can confidently tell customers that if they can use a smart phone, they can operate a KNX intelligent home installation.”

    The Smart Controller complements the existing Facility Control Pilot offered by The Wandsworth Group, a software and touchscreen package which enables centralised control, visualisation and monitoring of integrated KNX controls. Visitors to The Wandsworth Group’s stand will be able to find out how this can align functions such as heating, lighting, air conditioning and blind controls providing energy savings of 40% with shading control, 50% with individual room control, and 60% with lighting and ventilation control simply by avoiding energy wastage. The system can even monitor the percentage energy consumption from different energy sources, making it an ideal choice for homes that have been designed to combine renewable energy technologies with connection to the grid.

    Demonstrating the same level of chic design and advanced technology, The Wandsworth Group will also be showcasing a number of other products from its Jung range. These include the wall-mounted iPod dock; a discreet and compact unit that can be integrated to a KNX installation; and the door entry system which combines superb audio and picture quality with touch screen controls and an integrated voice memo function.

    The company will also be showcasing some of its latest wiring accessory innovations on its stand. The Wandsworth Group’s new Penthouse range of low profile and screwless switches and sockets will be on show. Designed with a metal grid to enable a sleek screwless finish, the range is currently available in six finishes: polished brass; unlacquered polished brass; bright nickel; satin nickel; antique bronze and yellow etched primer, with other finishes to follow. Wandsworth’s new look Jung LS 990 in high-quality brass will also be on display at Grand Designs Live. Treated and finished by hand, the new sockets and switches are available in three shades: Classic, Antique, and Dark.

    GRAND DESIGNS LIVE EXHIBITION; 12-14 October 2012
    THE WANDSWORTH GROUP, HALL 5, STAND B10

    Daniel Fountain / 30.09.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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