MKS ISE 2024

Last week, the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event took place in Barcelona, igniting excitement among the audiovisual and systems integration industry.

ISE is The largest gathering of its kind globally, and this year marked a significant milestone as it celebrated its 20th anniversary by drawing a staggering 73,891 attendees from 162 countries.

The international KNX Association were presenting show partners for the fifth consecutive year, underscoring the global significance of KNX in smart building controls solutions. The KNX booth was a hub of innovation, housing 18 co-exhibiting partner companies. Among these, KNX UK members Ivory Egg, MDT Technologies, and Theben Automation.

Paul Foulkes, UK Manager for Theben Automation and Vice Chair of KNX UK, shared his insights on the event, noting, “ISE consistently draws a crowd of influential decision-makers. What inspired me was engaging in discussions that reached far beyond high-end residential and corporate domains. The resounding consensus is clear: KNX is a solution accessible to all.”

And from Chris Pereira, Account Manager at Ivory Egg, came this statement: “We had so much support from our integrators, manufacturers, and members. It really felt like we made an impact on the AV community at ISE.”

KNX Association also played a role in driving the conversation at the conference program. Franz Kammerl, President of KNX Association, delivered two thought-provoking sessions, including one with Mark Warburton, CEO of the Ivory Egg Group. Their session explored how home automation solutions seamlessly integrate with KNX, creating enhanced experiences for customers and more profitable opportunities for technology integrators.

Other members of KNX UK including HMS Networks, Zennio, Gira, Lithe Audio and Faradite showcased their pioneering technology and solutions by exhibiting at ISE 2024.

For Faradite, it proved to be an exceptional week. Matt Emberson, their Sales and Marketing Director, commented, “ISE 2024 was a fantastic week for Faradite. We received tremendous feedback for our KNX keypad range.”

An additional highlight for Faradite was the news that their stand had been shortlisted for the Stand Design Award, joining an elite group of 10 finalists. Though they ultimately did not secure the top prize, the acknowledgment was a testament to the substantial effort invested in their stand design.

For KNX UK’s manufacturing members the highlight was the confirmation of the international reach of their solutions. Lee Nunn, Head of Commercial Projects at Zennio UK commented “It really was an insight into how KNX and Zennio’s solutions are being specified & deployed all around the world”. While Amit Ravat, Co-founder and Director of Lithe Audio was pleased to report that “Both KNX installers and homeowners were impressed with the ease of installation and user-friendly design of their audio system solutions.”

Other KNX UK members participated in the event to connect with customers and suppliers, ensuring their active engagement in the proceedings.

Paul Kinghorn, My KNX Store, reflected on the significance of KNX’s presence, stating, “ISE is one of the highlights in the year for My KNX Store and it’s great to see KNX yet again have such a strong presence as a flagship sponsor. What sometimes isn’t proportionally represented is the scale of the KNX control platform and the solutions it offers, something which is unparalleled when compared to single-branded systems. Seeing KNX, and its leading manufacturers, collectively unite on the global stage is fantastic for the market”.

ISE 2024 illustrated the collaborative spirit in the industry and the strong significance of the KNX open protocol on the global stage.