A smart home offers many advantages. Intelligent building technology provides a particular degree of convenience, security and enhanced energy efficiency for living and working. Networking the whole home automates processes. An extremely wide variety of devices and functions can be integrated and set up exactly according to the occupants’ and users’ requirements.
However, precisely due to comprehensive networking and individual adaptation to user behaviour, personal data protection and technical data security are particularly important topics that must be handled appropriately. This applies to all the network devices and servers used in a smart home. Networked devices can constantly exchange signals and data. This traffic must be protected against unauthorised viewing and access. This is because sensitive, personal data – like the number of residents, the times they are at home and away, user behaviour and often camera images of people – is always involved in a network in and around a building. The system itself, as well as the login data, must also be protected against unauthorised access and manipulation.