Smart Home security with Gira: all-round protection for your Smart Home

Smart Home security with Gira: all-round protection for your Smart Home

In addition to convenience, the security of your Smart Home should also play an important role. After all, the right security precautions ensure that you benefit from a high level of data protection. We'll show you how Gira makes the best possible contribution to Smart Home security.

Smart Home data protection: closing security gaps with Gira S1.

Thanks to digital networking, you can enjoy maximum flexibility in the Gira Smart Home, which is individually customised to fit you. At home, you can conveniently set the heating temperature in the entire house at the touch of a finger with the Gira G1. When you're out and about, you can switch off that light you forgot about when you left the house. And thanks to IFTTT, your robotic vacuum cleaner automatically does its job while you're away. When you return home, you'll not only be greeted by a brightly lit house, but also by freshly brewed coffee.

As convenient as all this all sounds, keep in mind that every device can be a potential Smart Home security breach, which can be used to gain access to other people's devices. But don't worry: potential security gaps can be cleverly closed in the Gira KNX system with the Gira S1 module and the KNX Secure security standard.

The shield symbol on the right is an indicator that the Gira S1 supports encrypted data exchange by KNX Secure.

Gira S1: the guardian of your data.

Integrating voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and expanding the functional scope of your Smart Home with services such as IFTTT, is a great way to exploit the full potential of your KNX. At the same time, however, you are also allowing the third-party services to access your Smart Home. The danger here is that, under the guise of practical functions, strangers can gain access to your Smart Home and, for example, read out personal data.

To prevent this from happening, the Gira S1 checks in advance which external data accesses the Gira HomeServer and the Gira X1 – the heart of your Smart Home or guardian of your data, so to speak.

The following illustration shows that the Gira S1 secures all connections to the Smart Home server (Gira HomeServer). Data exchange with the Gira device portal, remote control via smartphone, and remote maintenance can be done safely because of the Gira S1. Other systems such as Gira Alarm Connect and the Gira System 106 can also be securely connected to the Smart Home via the Gira S1.

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The Gira S1 secures all connections to the Smart Home. In this way, the security module prevents unwanted access by third parties.

This is how the Gira S1 security module works.

To reliably protect your KNX, the Gira S1 automatically connects to the Gira device portal, which you use to manage all access rights. Communication between the security module and the Gira device portal is encrypted so that no unwanted visitors can log in. In addition, the connection is secured with certificates that identify the data. This way, the Gira S1 reliably detects which data it is allowed to let into your Smart Home. The connections from voice assistants, IFTTT, your smartphone, and remote maintenance are also secured thus.

The Gira System 106 door intercom, as well as the Gira home station, are also connected to the Gira HomeServer using the same principle. This closes the security gaps that can arise through remote control.

Don’t worry though: You won't notice any of these security mechanisms when using and controlling your Smart Home.

KNX Secure: the digital shield for maximum Smart Home security.

To prevent unauthorised users from accessing your KNX system, the international, cross-manufacturer security standard KNX Secure protects your entire network in the Smart Home.

For this purpose, all connections between switches, devices and the Gira server are encrypted. For even greater security, KNX Secure also secures the data with the help of authentication. Possible scenarios such as unauthorised access, manipulation of the Smart Home or eavesdropping are thus prevented.

Therefore, with KNX Secure you close any existing Smart Home security gaps while at the same time ensuring the best possible data protection for your Smart Home.

Here's a a summary of the advantages of KNX Secure:

  • Excellent data security

  • Worldwide security standard

  • Can be updated and is therefore compatible with future requirements

To benefit from KNX Secure, the components used in the Smart Home must support this security standard. With Gira KNX, you are already on the safe side as several devices support this standard.

The following Gira products are compatible with KNX Secure:

Smart Home security at all levels.

The Gira Smart Home protects everything that is important to you. The Gira S1 security module, in combination with the KNX Secure security standard, reliably encrypts data communication in your Smart Home to ensure the highest level of data protection. To find out the specific security situation in your Gira KNX, just ask your Gira specialist partner.

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