To make a home or office 'more intelligent', a 'manufacturer-independent' bus system (EIB) is installed to take the place of the traditional electrical installation. Via this system, the usual functions such as lighting, roll-down shutters, heating, ventilation, the alarm installation and the music system 'communicate'.
Over 130 manufacturers around the world develop and produce various devices for this bus system.
Another advantage of this approach is that if good preliminary cabling is provided, the system can always be adapted to the users’ requirements. No demolition work is required in the process, by contrast with old electrical installations.
EIB is short for "European Installation Bus".
This is a brand-independent, decentralised bus system which means that we operate without a central station. Every component on the bus has its own intelligence, making EIB a highly reliable system.
The following is a brief summary of the possibilities:
- Lighting: In the house or garden, lighting can take account of individual requirements, occurrences and the ambient light intensity.
- Window monitoring: When you leave the house/building or go to sleep, you are informed if any windows, doors or gates have been left open.
- Roll-down shutters: Curtains, Venetian blinds and roll-down shutters can be controlled either on the basis of brightness and time of day or manually, and either individually or as a group.
- Domestic appliances: Domestic appliances can be remote-controlled via a device on the TV or computer.
- Time operation: Lighting, heating, roll-down shutters and domestic appliances can be easily time-operated.
Safety and security:
- Alarm and monitoring function: Via EIB, alarm signals can be registered, or the alarm system can be activated or deactivated.
- Panic switch: With a single press of the button, all the lights in your house can be switched on and a siren triggered. This can be combined with a teleconnect module which ensures that people are notified by telephone or SMS.
- Presence control: While you are away, lighting and roll-down shutters can be controlled with time settings, simulating an "occupied house".
- Key control: When you leave the house you can activate the alarm system and switch off lighting and defined users by turning the key.
- Lightning protection: Both the mains network and the EIB infrastructure.
- Heating: On the basis of usage and individual requirements, the heating system regulates the temperature in each room separately, depending on the time of day and weekly rhythms if necessary.
- Climate control: Heating, ventilation and roll-down shutters operate together via EIB, ensuring a pleasant atmosphere with optimal energy efficiency.
- Ventilation: In bathrooms and toilets, with delayed activation and deactivation. It is also possible to link technical alarms to the ventilation if a CO2 sensor is used.
- Energy management: Devices with high energy consumption are automatically switched on, at times when prices are low. (triple hourly rate)
- EIB can do all this and much more besides.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: How many units can be connected to one line?
A: Up to 64 units. If line amplifiers are used, up to 256 units can be connected.
Q: How many lines can be projected per range?
A: Up to 15 lines.
Q: How many ranges can be connected together?
A: Up to 15 ranges
Q: How many units can be connected to a common EIB system?
A: 15,360 units, and if line amplifiers are used the maximum number of units can be quadrupled, giving a maximum total of 61,440.