digitalSTROM connects analogue/IP devices and sensors with each other and the web. While the integration of analogue devices happens through the existing electrical wiring, the system uses a virtual device container (vDCs) for the connection of digitally controllable devices and applications: these are virtual gateways that emulate the entire functionality of device control incl. the network adapter and corresponding standard device behaviour in software form, converting the digitalSTROM signals for the microcontroller of the third-party end-user device. The dS gateways for the integration of applications also use dS-vDCs that are especially customised for these protocols. With the aim of providing a universal, manufacturer-independent smart home platform, digitalSTROM now offers users the simple and unified integration of KNX products into the digitalSTROM network.