G-Pulse: How long have you been working for Gira and what is your role in the company?Muir: I have been with Gira since 2010 where I started as a ‘UK Account Manager’. I now work internationally as ‘Key Account Manager International’ covering major projects, multi-dwelling units, and hospitality projects, and I provide specification assistance to individuals or companies working on projects throughout the built environment.G-Pulse: Since when has Gira been active in the UK? How does the company present itself?Muir: Gira has been present in the UK for around 12 years. Originally represented by our now long standing Distributors, we have grown to having 9 Gira colleagues covering the entire country, and a number of new Distributors which have increased our availability to the electrical install market.
Muir Baxter about the newest Smart Home trends. Source: Gira.
G-Pulse: Which products are currently displayed in the showroom? Is there any specific product in high demand?Muir:
The London showroom is designed in a simulated home environment and features a fully functioning smart home system including door communication access control products with all the available design options in elegant design lines. Coming soon, our customers can also discover the new System 106 Door Communication in all its glory. The G1 always proves a special draw for visitors interested in smart home technology due to its stunning appearance and intuitive multi-touch display that enables easy control and operation of all functions via touch gestures.G-Pulse: You have been working for Gira for a while now. Are there any preferences that interior designers and architects particularly pay attention to regarding the switch programs and solutions in building technology?Muir: Simplicity in function and elegance in design. Interior designers and architects want technical solutions that impress both functionally and visually. For controls, the user interface must be simple and intuitive. All too often we see other systems being designed by highly technical people who love to have multiple levels of control. For a user, it may be the worst thing that can happen - especially in the hotel industry or where residential property is rented out, as users constantly change and have differing needs. Every time I present Gira products, I always give a "best practice" example and show how the Gira system leads to a positive user experience for the customer.