Why your Smart Home can make for a more secure house
Stove off? Door locked? Control your house on the goDid I lock the door? Did I turn off the stove? Your smart home will answer these questions and give you full control so that you can play it safe no matter where you are. Various apps allow networked devices and system components to be monitored via smartphone – and your intelligent building technology will immediately inform you by SMS or email if something is wrong. But in a smart home, it doesn’t have to come to that in the first place.
Protection against burglary: Pretending you are home with your house’s helpDo you remember how Kevin, the star of "Home Alone", tricked the two burglars with party music and festive lighting?
Just like Kevin, you too can simulate that your house is occupied, even if no one is home: Individual building technology functions can be programmed in a way that a certain „scene“ is playing automatically while you’re away. Your blinds can open and close at given times, rooms can be lit on a rotating basis, and the TV can switch itself on and off from time to time. If persistent intruders aren’t scared off by your guard dog, motion sensor lights, and alarm system, you'll still have a few more anti-burglar-options thanks to smart technology: You can use cameras and door systems that automatically start recording video footage as soon as motion detectors or your networked door and window contacts register any activity.
Solutions for your security
Fire protection: Safety thanks to a head startRaging fires can be started not only by unprotected flames such as candles or a fireplace but also by everyday kitchen appliances and electronic devices. In your smart home there’s hardly need to worry about that. If a networked smoke detector sounds the alarm, all other fire detectors will turn themselves on, so that you receive prompt warnings from all over the house and can react swiftly. Even while you’re on holiday, you can still prevent the situation from deteriorating, as your intelligent devices will immediately send you a notification as soon as even the smallest trace of smoke is detected through sensor-based light measurement or heat detection.
Accident prevention: Cases of emergency in the smart homeMost accidents happen at home. Particularly at dusk and in the dark, steps, a small dent in the ground, or scattered objects may turn into stumbling hazards. Presence and motion detectors can provide swift orientation and minimize the risk of accidents with automatic lighting control.
Data protection: Secure networks workWhen everything is happening online, you need a reliable partner who ensures that your data remains protected. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to get your system installed professionally by an expert who is bound to protect your privacy through a written contract. As a part of this, secure passwords, firewalls and regular updates that safeguard the network are, of course, vital.
Gira has prepared a checklist summarizing what you should bear in mind in regards to data security in your smart home. These items will of course be implemented by the expert when installing the systems. This way, your data is as safe in your smart home as you, your family, and your possessions. No matter how or when things get tricky: The smart home delivers customised solutions in many cases. Networked security technology protects you from burglars and can save lives in emergency situations. It also keeps you up to date about everything happening in your house, whenever, and wherever you are.
How do you protect yourself and your home? Do you already use networked security technology to minimise risks in your own four walls? We are looking forward to receiving your comments.