Eufy Cameras Employ Advanced Tracking Technology to Monitor People

Cupertino, September 27, 2023

Eufy security cameras are receiving an update that enables them to track a visitor across multiple cameras and send a single video alert that follows the visitor between views. This new feature was showcased in a demo video where a delivery person was seen delivering a package. One image showed the package being placed in a yard, while another view from a second camera showed the driver getting back into his van at the front of the house steps. The Verge shared a low-resolution GIF of this new feature.

The standout feature of the new line of Eufy security cameras is their dual lenses, which consist of one wide-angle camera and one telephoto lens that enables zooming in to better identify faces and license plates. However, the new feature that steals the show is the cross-camera tracking and video splitting. "This technology comes from the banking and traffic sectors," explained Eufy spokesperson Brett White during a briefing with The Verge. "Each camera can pick up and track motion, so you now get one merged video showing every event on every camera." This feature requires the HomeBase 3 hub, which utilizes on-device AI to identify people and combines the different video feeds into a single clip.

In addition to the new tracking feature, the Eufy HomeBase 3 ($149.99) also adds AI-powered smart alerts to the cameras for free. These alerts include facial recognition and the detection of people, pets, and vehicles. The HomeBase 3 now comes with a 1TB hard drive, allowing for locally stored recordings that can be accessed without a subscription. However, paid cloud storage is also available. Initially, the tracking feature will be free, and owners of older cameras can also use it as long as they have the hub. However, Eufy plans to include the tracking feature in a future subscription package, even though all the processing is done locally without the need for access to a remote server.

Eufy made this announcement alongside the debut of three new cameras: the battery-powered SoloCam outdoor camera ($199.99), the Floodlight Cam E340 ($219.99), the Video Doorbell E340 ($179.99), and the Indoor Cam S350. It is important to note that only the Eufy Cam 2 series is compatible with HomeKit. Eufy's parent company, Anker, previously faced controversy when it was discovered that two of their Eufy security cameras were sending footage to the cloud despite claiming that it was only stored locally. The company acknowledged this privacy breach but left several questions unanswered.

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