As of today, the Smart Indoor Camera will support Apple HomeKit Secure Video. This free and automatic software update will be made gradually available to all Netatmo Smart Indoor Cameras in the upcoming days, including those already purchased.
HomeKit Secure Video gives users a secure way to monitor their homes
With HomeKit Secure Video, the videos recorded by security cameras are analysed locally on users’ iPad, HomePod or Apple TV. The footage isencrypted end-to-end and securely stored in iCloud where no one can see them.
Thanks to the HomeKit Secure Video support, Netatmo Smart Indoor Camera users will be able to store their videos locally on the included microSD card free of charge and on their iCloud with select storage plans.
Users will benefit from 10-day automatic iCloud storage for their videos, and this will not affect their storage capacity. If they want to keep the videos, after these 10 days, they will be able to save them in their iCloud, which will count against their storage limit.
“Users are particularly sensitive about the protection of their home security footage. They want to make sure that their videos remain confidential and that no one can access them. Our response to their concern was to design cameras with local storage. With their data privacy in mind and willing to give them further options, we decided to be compatible with Apple HomeKit Secure Video. This allows Netatmo users to securely back up their recordings to their iCloud with select storage plans. Starting from today, as well as local storage, Netatmo users can choose between 3 cloud back-up storage options: Apple’s iCloud, their personal Dropbox account or their FTP server.” explains Fred Potter, founder of Netatmo.
HomeKit Secure Video: New features dedicated to smart cameras
With HomeKit Secure Video, Apple has added new features to the Home App, which are dedicated to smart cameras.
Through their Home app, Netatmo Smart Indoor Camera users can access their timeline and past events for 10 days. They can also set their recording and notifications preferences. For instance, users can set their Smart Indoor Camera to react differently if they’re home or not: Turn off, detect activity only, stream or stream and record.
The Smart Outdoor Camera will add HomeKit Secure Video compatibility later this year.
Price and availability
To access HomeKit Secure Video, a 200GB iCloud storage plan is required for one camera. The 2TB plan works for up to 5 cameras. The prices for iCloud storage plans are available on the Apple website. An Apple hub is also needed (iPad, Apple TV or HomePod) and minimum iOS 13.2 is required.
The Smart Indoor Camera sells at the recommended retail price of $199.99 on www.netatmo.com. All features of the Smart Indoor Camera are available free of charge. No subscription or additional costs are required to use the Camera or access its data.