Philips Hue to Release Home-use Smart Cameras, HomeKit Compatibility Uncertain

Cupertino, August 1, 2023

Signify CEO Eric Rondolat has announced that Philips Hue plans to enter the smart home camera market. The details here are still scarce and one of the biggest unknowns is whether or not the Philips Hue smart home camera will support integration with HomeKit. Speaking to investors last week, Rondolat explained that Philips Hue will combine its smart lighting ecosystem with a smart camera for enhanced home security. As reported by Hueblog.com, “The idea here is also to use security for lighting and lighting for security,” Rondolat looks ahead to the future fusion of cameras and lighting. He also immediately gives a practical example: a burglar in the house raises the alarm and all the lights flash red. “Why is that interesting? Because sound alarms cannot be heard from a distance, because they are really kept in the house. But the light can be seen from afar.” Rondolat went on to praise Philips Hue's plans for data protection. “Our cameras will be the first with end-to-end encryption,” he explains. As HomeKit users probably know, there are already several cameras on the market that support end-to-end encryption when using HomeKit Secure Video. In fact, any camera that records via HomeKit Secure Video supports end-to-end encryption. For example, one of my all-time favorite HomeKit accessories is Eufy's Indoor Cam C120, which costs less than $40 and supports HomeKit Secure Video. At the moment there are no further details on what Philips Hue has planned for its foray into smart home cameras. However, as the company is years late to this market, the bar is set high for what customers expect - and one of the must-haves for many users is HomeKit Secure Video integration; whether Philips Hue lives up to that remains to be seen. Follow Chance: [Threads](https://threads.dev), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/chancehmiller), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/chancehmiller) and [Mastodon](https://mastodon.social/@chancehmiller) FTC: We automatically use affiliate links to generate revenue. More.

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