More comfort inside your own four wallsEveryone is familiar with the term ‘smart home’. And every building developer and renovator knows something about intelligent building technology. But what does it actually do? It makes homes more comfortable.
What exactly do we mean by that? Let’s take blinds as an example. At every window in every room they have to be raised and lowered by hand. But in a comfortable home, you simply need to press an electric blind button. You can even leave this task to an electronic blind controller which will raise and lower the blinds reliably at the set times. This type of function is not only popular with couch potatoes, but also with older people or people with limited mobility, for whom this is a useful, labour-saving alternative.
In these cases intelligent building technology provides more living comfort. ‘Intelligent’ in this context means that certain basic functions in homes and apartments are partially or fully automated. There are many other examples of this. Not only the blinds but also the lights can be controlled depending on the time of day and amount of daylight. An automatic heating control system maintains the ideal temperature, geared to the needs and routines of its users. An individual room temperature control allows for even greater levels of comfort by ensuring that every single room is at the desired temperature. As is well known, targeted ventilation and heating is important for a pleasant indoor climate, and various functions can also be automated in this respect. And finally the building technology functions can be connected with the entertainment system to produce a multi-room system. This means that you have access to all your music wherever you are in the house.
System solutions – i.e. bus systems – ensure even greater levels of comfort. Gira offers both the wired KNX system and the wireless Gira eNet. In both cases, the intelligent home is equipped with sensors, control modules and actuators or regulating systems. Sensors record data such as temperature, incident daylight, and the presence or absence of the residents. The control module processes the information collected by the sensors and adjusts the actuators or regulating systems for the lights or heating precisely to the users’ requirements.
What is important, is that the intelligent functions in homes and apartments can be easily controlled and operated using products and solutions from Gira. From touch sensors – i.e. ‘intelligent’ switches – and wall-mounted control panels in different sizes through to mobile apps for smartphones or tablets where server solutions are used.
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Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG (www.gira.de) is one of the leading suppliers of innovative electrical and digital networked building management systems. The family-owned company, which was founded in 1905 and has its headquarters in the German town of Radevormwald, has helped to shape the world of electrical systems and building management for the last 111 years. Right from the start, Gira with its many innovations, such as the Gira HomeServer, has been one of the most influential players in the development of networked smart building systems and in the digitalisation of buildings. Gira products and solutions stand for German engineering expertise, reliable ‘Made in Germany’ quality, sustainable production processes, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient operations and perfection in form and function. But, most importantly, they make people’s lives a little more easy, convenient, and secure. It is no coincidence that Gira switches and control, communication and safety systems are now used in more than 40 countries, including in the central railway station in Berlin, the Olympic stadium in Kiev, the Messner Mountain Museum: Corones on the Kronplatz mountain in South Tyrol and the Banyan Tree Hotel in Shanghai. Thanks to its extensive expertise in the field of plastics technology, Gira now also manufactures complex plastic system products for the medical technology sector. The Gira group also includes its subsidiary Stettler Kunststofftechnik in Untersteinach, near Bamberg, and shareholdings in Insta Elektro in Lüdenscheid and the software firm ISE in Oldenburg. Together, around 1,700 employees generate an annual turnover of more than €300 million.