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Netatmo Welcome Camera receives HomeKit Secure Video Functionality

Netatmo Welcome Camera receives HomeKit Secure Video Functionality
The Netatmo Welcome Camera (now rebranded as the Netatmo Smart Indoor Camera) would seem to receive a firmware update that introduces the latest HomeKit Secure Video feature to the camera. This makes the Netatmo Welcome the second HomeKit-enabled camera to receive this additional feature after Logitech’s beta update for their Circle 2 camera recently released. This new feature is already listed on Apple’s own website, but is simply announced as’ announced.’ The other Netatmo phone, now known as the Netatmo Smart Outdoor Phone, is also mentioned as’ confirmed,’ so this is likely to follow in the near future.

If you are not already aware of HomeKit Secure Video (HSV), this was a new set of features that Apple launched at WWDC 2019, allowing appropriate cameras to view both a live stream and videos from within the Home app, rather than needing to go to your own camera app. Another new feature allows scrubbing along a video timeline that appears at the bottom of the screen and also allows the user to set preferences for motion detection, so that while motion sensors can detect human activity, cars or pets can be ignored when it comes to receiving notifications for motion detection on your phone.

Users can only use HSV if they have the 200 gb iCloud storage plan that allows one camera to use this feature, with 1 TB iCloud plan users gaining the ability to use HSV with up to five appropriate cameras. All recordings are stored in the cloud, encrypted, but not counted against your storage.