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This modern Schwabmünchen cube house owned by a Bavarian family is a true architectural gem. The two-storey building with white exterior walls and dark door and window frames has a luxury aesthetic reminiscent of a minimalist building. Its position is also somewhat remote, so a comprehensive security system was very important for its owners.
Thanks to the large windows on the south and west faces of the building, the home appears to flow seamlessly into the adjacent woodland. The family wanted these windows to benefit from sunlight to heat the building – but it does mean that the garden gate is left a little isolated, making it easier for potential intruders to access. With this in mind, the family opted for a unique security concept.
A particular highlight for the young family is that the Gira door station can be used to combine multiple functions. In addition to the standard doorbell and microphone, they equipped the door intercom at the main entrance with colour camera, and fitted a Gira Keyless In fingerprint sensor to the station on the garden gate.
The keyless entry door system Keyless In fingerprint works exclusively using the fingerprints of the residents of the property. When one of them wants to enter, the Keyless In fingerprint compares recognised features of their print with the stored biometric fingerprints, only opening the door if it confirms a match. This ensures that unwanted guests have no chance of gaining entry. There's a handy side effect, too: Forgetting your key is no longer an issue.
The owners also opted to install external cameras to monitor the property. If the family wants to check that no-one is creeping around their home, they can call up the camera footage on the smart display inside the home or on their smartphone at any time. The outdoor cameras and door intercom with video are integrated into a smart home solution. With a few taps on one of the smart Gira Control 19 touch screens, the residents can call up footage from the external cameras or the door intercoms at the entrances to the home. The displays are mounted on the wall and feature a clear, easy-to-understand user interface.
The family members can enjoy the same levels of convenience when they aren't at home: If they want to access their camera footage remotely, they can do so via the Gira HomeServer app. The user interface is exactly the same as the one they use at home. And if they spot anything untoward on the images, they can take action immediately.
When the house was built, the networking of the various smart home applications was factored into the plans: Not just the security systems, but also the lighting and blinds are controllable elements of the comprehensive smart home solution, the KNX system, in this cube house.
For control purposes, the system relies on a small server that connects all of the smart technology in the home. This role is fulfilled by the elegant, smooth stainless steel Gira HomeServer at the heart of the KNX system. In the cube house, the control device is mounted in the living room.
The cameras and door intercoms not only create a feeling of security, but are also a huge help in the event of a break-in. The camera images can be used to identify suspicious people and assist in the search for the perpetrators.
The KNX system – a smart home solution from Gira – allows the Gira door intercoms to be easily and conveniently integrated into the home's own security system.
In the cube house, the residents can access their camera footage at any time – either via the touch screen in the house or using the Gira app on their smartphone. This enables them to see who is at the door from any location.
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