Smart homes are on everyone’s lips, yet few have become familiar with them. Do we need all those extra apps and features around us, or will they complicate our lives even more? Gira, a leading brand for building systems technology, will help us get a better idea. In our cars, we have long become used to it: doors open without a touch and the lights go on. At the touch of a button, the seat and steering wheel move into our memorised position of convenience. Doors automatically lock when we start driving. The sound system plays our favourite music, and turns off when the phone rings. In modern vehicles, many smart, networked functions are pre-programmed for extra convenience, safety and energy efficiency, and can be individually adapted to the driver.