EufyCam 2 from Anker is set to receive HomeKit Secure video support in April

Cupertino, March 20, 2020

However, another smart security camera is about to get support for Apple's AppleKit Secure Video protocol from Apple, EufyCam 2 users outdoors are set to receive the update next month.

An Anker representative told TechHive that a firmware update that includes HomeKit Secure Video support for EufyCam 2 and 2C with batteries will start rolling out on April 1, while a beta version of the firmware should be available until March 31. the final version of the firmware should be completed by April 11th. The update is installed automatically, while the EufyCam base station is inactive.

First announced at Apple's WWDC event last summer, HomeKit Secure Video is trying to connect one of the biggest security holes when it comes to smart home security cameras: storing your private videos on cloud servers, where are vulnerable to access by unauthorized third parties. .

With HomeKit Secure Video support, all analysis of recorded video clips (which helps determine if there is actually a person in the video, as opposed to a cat or tree branch waving in the wind) is performed locally on an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV, rather than being sent to the cloud.

After your camera videos have been scanned, HomeKit Secure Video lets you encrypt the videos and store them on iCloud, where you can only access them.

Logitech's Circle 2 camera was the first home security camera to accept HomeKit Secure Video, while Netatmo added support for its smart home camera at the end of last month.

To use HomeKit Secure Video, you'll need to own an Apple "home hub" device, such as an iPad tablet, a HomePod smart speaker, or an Apple TV media streamer. You can also store videos from a camera in iCloud for up to 10 days if you have a 200 MB iCloud storage plan or videos for up to five cameras if you subscribe to a 2TB plan.

Our reviewer called the EufyCam 2 (which sells for $ 350 in the form of a two-chamber kit plus the base station) a compelling choice because of its battery life; reliable motion detection; and clear, precise video. EufyCam 2C, two-room, $ 250 The package has the same features as the EufyCam 2, but only offers up to 180 days of battery life.

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