Partnership Between Home Automation Experts
PEAKnx, manufacturer of solutions for home and building automation from Darmstadt, Germany, has partnered with Bird Home Automation, the Berlin-based IP video door intercom manufacturer that develops innovative door communication technologies under the brand name “DoorBird”. This partnership brings numerous advantages for KNX users: The DoorBird door station can be easily and quickly connected to the PEAKnx touch panels Controlmini and Controlpro allowing the user to see and speak with the visitor through the PEAKnx touch panel.
Shared Vision of an Innovative Smart Home
PEAKnx and DoorBird are pursuing a common goal of manufacturing the most innovative smart home technology. Gerald Palmsteiner, Vice President Operations COO at PEAKnx: “I heard about DoorBird a few years ago. It attracted my attention at the time because as far as I knew, it was the first manufacturer of IP door stations that made door opening via smartphone possible. That was impressive. The company is very successful and we are happy to start this cooperation.”
Sascha Keller, CEO of Bird Home Automation, was the one who initiated the partnership: “It quickly became clear to me that there was a great potential to combine our know-how. The cooperation has developed very positively and quickly from the very beginning. Thanks to our open API, we were able to integrate DoorBird into the PEAKnx system within a very short time which allows us now to offer our customers even greater flexibility when it comes to their smart home.”
Installing and setting up IP door stations and KNX panels is seamless and smooth. To ensure an excellent connection between DoorBird and PEAKnx panels, the door station camera can be integrated into YOUVI, the PEAKnx visualization software, via a RTSP stream, a network protocol that controls the transmission of audiovisual data. The touch panel and the IP door intercom communicate via a SIP gateway. With the installation of X-Lite software from CounterPath on the KNX panel, the connection between the two components is completed.
“Shortly after DoorBird approached us, it was clear that working together is a great idea,” says Palmsteiner. “We look forward to continuing working together very productively and are currently developing an interface between YOUVI and the SIP gateway that will make the use of the X-Lite software redundant.”