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Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI)


Application specific protocol
for lighting systems

  • Vendor-independent representation of DALI gateways and devices

Advanced features
for lighting control

  • Tests of lamps and ballasts
  • Special functionality for emergency lighting

Pure field
level protocol

  • Mostly used in combination with system standards like KNX
  • No standardized IP interface
  • KNX is the most common way to integrate DALI
  • Some KNX/DALI gateways have multiple channels
  • Up to 64 DALI devices can be connected to one (1) channel
  • Using KNX, DALI can be connected to Building Management Systems (BMS) - Visualization, monitoring, maintenance of lighting control
  • KNX/DALI gateways are used to interconnect the DALI bus to KNX
  • DALI data and information are provided as KNX group objects - objects for: lighting control (on/off, dimming, status, ...), maintenance (trigger tests, providing test results, ...), emergency lighting control (emergency status, emergency tests, ...)
KNX group object mapping for DALI
  • High amount of functions and high amount of devices per gateway would result in a high amount of KNX group objects at the gateway
  • To avoid this, only parts of the functionality are available for each DALI device
    • Group objects per DALI device: on/off, dimming, status, ...
    • Group object per channel: trigger function tests, test results, ...
  • Stateful communication is required to get all information per device, e.g. DALI tests
KNX data point types (DPTs) for DALI
  • Standard functions are available as standard DPTs (e.g. dimming)
  • Many KNX/DALI gateways use even non-standardized DPTs
  • For enhanced functions like testing, complex DPTs are used, e.g. DPT_DALI_Control_Gear_Diagnostics
Manufacturer-specific implementation
  • There are many different manufactures for KNX/DALI gateways
  • Only standard functionality is common to all DALI gateways (on/off, dimming, ...)
  • Advanced features like DALI testing are manufacturer-specific
    • Manufacturer-specific: non-standardized DPTs
    • stateful communication logics are required
  • Time-consuming and complex task for integrators and electrical engineers

LaMPS Module for NETx BMS Platform

  • Extension module for NETx BMS Platform
  • Provides manufacturer-independent view of KNX/DALI gateways
  • Uniform data point view
  • Triggering DALI tests
  • Show common DALI errors and error for each device separately
  • Support for DALI emergency tests
  • Stores test results in SQL database
  • Reporting tool for generating customized reports
  • Automatic export from ETS5 using NETx BMS App Secure
  • Support for multiple KNX/DALI gateways: ABB, Gira, Hager, IPAS, Jung, MDT, Schneider, Siemens, Zennio, EAE, ...

LaMPS Module workflow

  1. Export configuration from ETS5 via NETx BMS App Secure
  2. Import configuration into NETx BMS Platform
  3. Using a uniform data point view – Core Studio, Visualization, ...
  4. Generate reports using reporting tool