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Building bus systems comparation.

Abstract: This paper deals with intelligent building communication. System buses are designed for communication in building control networks. This building networks are characterized by short messages, multiple communication media and low bandwidth. There are a many types of system buses on the market. I was picked up two of the open system bus KNX and LON, which are the most common.

Key words: bus, KNX, LON, FSK


In each of the new building we can found building control system. This paper was aim to compare two of the most used building control systems. At first part of paper I describe both systems. At next part of paper I would like to tell some information about data communication of each system bus. In the next phase of research I will try to disclose frequent errors during communication among devices on these bus systems. This measuring I on each system will do in laboratory.

2. LON

Lonworks is one of leading solution for Building automation. LonWorks and his control protocol named LonTalk was created by Echelon Corporation in 1989-1994.

LonWorks was based on Neuron chip. The Neuron chip is the hearth of almost of all LonWorks based devices. The Neuron chip is a complete system on the chip. The Neuron contains the entire LonTalk protocol stack and is comprised of multiple CPU's, memory, I/O, communication port, firmware and operating system.

There are two basic types of Neuron chips, the 3120 and the 3150. Functionally they are similar with the exception of memory configuration and packaging. If memory is not a issue, an application that runs in a 3120 will run in a 3150.Th opposite may not be tree if the application is too big for memory size of the 3120. Basically, the 3120 is a self-contained unit, all of its memory is onboard and can't be expanded. The 3150 has an external address and data bus to allow expanded memory.

Each Neuron has a 5-pin transceiver interface. The interface is configurable and the parameters are stored in the Comm image. There are three different configurations for the communicationsport:

Single ended Manchester encoded. This is typically used for interfacing to transceivers such as RS485 or Free Topology.

Differential Manchester encoded. This provides a 2-wire polarity independent interface typically found in standard twisted pair wired transceivers. This is the default configuration for the Neuron if nothing else is selected.

Special Purpose Mode. This interface provides a two way port to an intelligent transceiver. Echelon uses this interface with its power line transceivers.

Element addressing perform from hierarchic structure (Domain, Subnet, node); (Domain, Subnet, Neuron_ID);(Domain, Group,Member). Addresss size varies in general while beign invariant with each domain. The size of domain field varies (0,1,3 or 6 bytes) );the subnet and group fields are8 bits wide, allowing for up to 256 groups and 256 subnets per domain (subnet 0 is reserved value); the size of the node field is 7 bits (an all yeros field not being used); the size of group member field is 6 bits with range of 0-63; and the Neuron field is 48 bits wide. Each LonTalk node is assigned Unique 48 bit identifier.

For element programming at the LON was used Neuron C programming language which is similar to C programming language.


The other type of the open building system bus is the EIB/KNX. KNX was developed in 90st. by KNX association. KNX Association contains from E1B, EHS and BatiBus. That is the reason for construction KNX system we can use components from many companies, which carry KNX logo.

KNX system is entirely independent of any specific multiprocessor platform or even architecture. Depending on the profile chosen by the manufacturer, he can select any suitable industry-standard chip, or opt for available KNX OEM solutions like Bus Coupling Units, BIM's, chip sets etc. Some KNX profiles allow a tiny system footprint (say < 5 kb), and easily run on an 8-bit processor. KNX is a fully distributed network, which accommodates up to 65536 devices in a 16 bit Individual Address space. The logical topology or subnetwork structure allows 256 devices on one line. The lines may be grouped together with a main line into an area. An entire domain is formed by 15 areas together with a backbone line.

The ETS, independent engineering tool was used for software controlling and configuration of system.


For data transmission over the bus we use similar type of modulation which is Frequency Shift Keying.

The following table presents difference between LonWorks and KNX systems in this parameters: supported media, maximal bus length between nodes and network speed.


The Frequency Shift Kyering is belong to one of the most used digital modulation at high frequency transmission ever.

This was a non-linear modulation with constant envelop. Is(t)] = const. Single unconstant signal parameter is phase. The FSK require that constant frequency at the section and so linear phase at section.

Definition of FSK signal:

s(t) = [A.sub.s] [summation over n] exp (j(2[pi][d.sub.n][DELTA]F/2(t - nTs) + [phi]([d.sub.n])))[v.sub.rec1](t - nTs) (1)

Where [v.sub.rec1](t) is auxiliary signal type REC1

[v.sub.rec1](t) = 1/[square root of ([T.sub.s])](U(t) - U(t - [T.sub.s])) (2)

5.1 Noncoherent Frequency shift keying

Noncoherent modulation is easier generated than coherent modulation and is usable in many FSK transmittions. This modulation haven't special relation between gradual elements.

5.2 Coherent Frequency shift keying

For coherent frequency shift keying modulation is characteristic that, each 1 or 0 bites have equal phase ratio to referential phase. This way we can generate FSK signal by switching between two static frequency oscillators for generate 1 and 0 frequency. When will use this method, transmission is limited on that, we must guarantee variable phase between 1 and 0, and need that frequency lift and keying would be connected. Coherent FSK was permited better error resistance.


For equiprobable FSK signaling, the signal has equal energy and the optimal detection rule is given.

[??] = arg max [absolute value of [r.sub.l] * []], 1 [less than or equal to] m [less than or equal to] M (3)

Assuming that frequency separation between signals id [DELTA]f the FSK signal have general form:


Hence, [](t) = g(t)[e.sup.j2[pi](m-1)[DELTA]ft] where g(t) is a rectacular pulse of duration [T.sub.s] and [[epsilon].sub.g] = 2[[epsilon].sub.s], where [[epsilon].sub.s] demotes the energy per transitted symbol. At the reciver, the optional noncoherent detector correlates [r.sub.1](t) with [](t) for all 1 [less than or equal to] m' [less than or equal to] M. Assuming [s.sub.m](t) is transmited from

[??] = arg max [absolute value of [[integral].sup.[infinity].sub.-[infinity][r.sub.1](t) x [](t)dt] (5)

We have


This holds for noncoherent detetection

For coherent detection, the detector uses


And for orthogonality we must have

Re[<[, [](t) >] = 0 (8)


In this paper I was taked some information about two of the most used building buses. From my temporary research passes that: LON would be install at large buildings with high count of sensors and actors, for his high network speed and data flow. Contrariwise KNX will find use in smaller installations with less count of sensors and actors.


At first of all, I would like to thank my' colleaugnes from the office for quite working environment. This paper has arisen in the frame of Internal Grant Agency of Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Applied Informatics IGA/39/FAU11/D. Possibilities of testing building control systems.


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Tab. 1. Bus system comparation

Bus Supported Network Distance
system media seed between nodes

LON PL, TP, IP, RF, >1Mbps Up to
 optical (RS485) 5km(PLT22)

KNX PL, TP, RF, LP 9600 l km

Fig. 1. Lon Telegram

 format Physical
 Domain Source of group Data
Control information Physical Destination SNVT'S (1 to Control
field (ID) address address Type 228 field
(8bit) (8bit) (16bit) (8bit) (166it) byte) (16bit)

Fig. 2. EIB Telegram

 Phys. of
 Source group
Control physical destination Destin.
field Address address address
(86it) (16bit) (16bit) (1bt)

Routing Info (1 to Control
 info length 16 field
(3bit) (4bit) byte) (8bit)
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