Smart Homes offer a variety of benefits: they make daily life more comfortable, energy-efficient, and secure. The latter is of particular importance, as digital networks always involve sensitive data. In this article, we share our practical tips to increase the level of safety in your own Smart Home.

1. Use contracts to protect your privacy

Make sure there is a clear agreement between you and your installer. Ideally, you should lay out the terms and conditions in a signed contract which specifies how your personal data is handled. This builds a relationship of trust, while you remain in control of your own data.   

2. Consider and budget the costs for data security

Of course, increased safety does not come free-of-charge. It is therefore important to take all necessary expenses into consideration at the beginning of the planning phase. The longer your hardware stays up to date, the less you will have to spend later.  If you’re afraid to go over budget, you might also split up the installation into two stages: first a basic version to cover the essentials, followed by an upgrade for enhanced security.

3. Prevent unauthorised access

You decide who has access your home network – and who doesn’t. Make sure to use strong passwords for all systems and devices and change them on a regular basis (at least two times per year). Wireless networks should be protected by a WPA2 encryption method. Ask your installer to check whether that is all set up. In case there has been a sign of unauthorised access, contact your installer immediately. In addition, we recommend installing a security module such as the Gira S1. This device encrypts your personal data in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – so you can safely access your home automation system via the Gira Smart Home app from anywhere.

4. Update regularly

 As technology keeps evolving, so do security standards. Whenever there’s a new update available for your Smart Home, you should activate it as soon as possible. Outdated software can quickly turn into an easy target for unauthorised parties. By always keeping your system up to date, you minimize the risk of any security breaches. Gira constantly revises and optimizes the software of existing devices and systems to provide the highest level of safety. You can always contact your installer for more information about any pending updates in the near future.

Gira smoke alarm devices

Smoke alarm devices are essential at any home. Rightfully so, as timely warnings of fire and gases often save lives. Gira’s Basic Q, Dual Q, and wireless smoke alarm devices meet highest saftey standards. The label “Q” stands for certified quality, a long lifespan, increased durability, and less deceptive alarms. In addition, the photoelectric scattered light principle makes your home even safer: smart devices measure the density of fine smoke particles and trigger an alarm as soon as the threshold value is exceeded. Another benefit: the battery will last up to 10 years until the smoke alarm device must be replaced as required by law.

Gira motion detector Cube

To ensure that outdoor lights are only switched on when necessary, the Gira motion detector Cube provides several smart functions: it reacts to ambient brightness as well as thermal motion of passers-by. Thanks to this two-in-one combination, you can move around safely at night and save energy at the same time.

Gira System 106

The modular Gira System 106 enables you to configure door intercom systems according to your requirements. As the counterpart to Gira indoor stations, it covers all essential functions including doorbell, camera, name plate, and house number at the entrance. Robust materials and modern technology ensure a high level of convenience and safety. Another benefit: Gira System 106 is compatible with all Gira home stations and door communication solutions.

Gira KNX weather station Plus

Sunshine, wind, rain, snow – no matter what the weather may bring, your home will be prepared. The Gira weather station Plus has proven particularly convenient, safe, and efficient. It measures nine different meteorological parameters and transmits the current data to the in-house KNX system. Paired devices then react accordingly: if the sun starts shining, blinds are automatically lowered. If it gets stormy, they are pulled back again. Once it gets dark, the shutters close and the outdoor lighting switches on. All that's left for you to do is lean back and relax.