Logitech's Circle 2 wired camera to support HomeKit Secure Video later this year

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in iOS edited June 14
Logitech on Friday announced support for Apple's HomeKit Secure Video, a set of tools designed to protect and store data from streaming video cameras, will be rolled out to wired versions of its popular Circle 2 camera later this year.




Quietly announced in a post to Logitech's online forum, HomeKit Secure Video will be released to existing Circle 2 owners as a free update sometime this year. A launch timeline was not provided, though Logitech promised to reveal more information on the update closer to release.

The forum entry was spotted by HomeKit Hero earlier today.

Detailed onstage at WWDC 2019, HomeKit Secure Video enables on-device image processing via at-home Apple products, and secure data storage with iCloud.

In the case of security cameras, footage is first sent to a host device like an iPad, Apple TV or HomePod for on-site analysis like people recognition and activity alerts. The image data is then encrypted, sent to iCloud and stored for later viewing and sharing.

Apple allows up to 10 days' worth of recordings to remain in iCloud without the cache counting against storage allotments. Single camera support is offered for iCloud customers subscribed to a 200GB iCloud storage plan, while a 2TB plan nets support for up to five cameras.

Logitech, Eufy and Netatmo were announced by Apple as companies offering support for HomeKit Secure Video when the framework launches alongside iOS 13 this fall. Netatmo was first to confirm compatibility earlier this month, saying its upcoming Smart Video Doorbell, Smart Indoor Camera and Smart Outdoor Camera will support the platform this year.

For Logitech, the addition of HomeKit Secure Video addresses one of the biggest gripes with the $178 Circle 2 wired camera, an otherwise stellar device that AppleInsider in May ranked as the best HomeKit camera available.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    Other that the security it offers, this might also help the camera market since the devices will no longer require an investment into a cloud backend to function competitively.

    Similarly it might help the likes of Canary, a rather sucky company that promoted looming homekit support back in 2016 and even convinced apple to promote as such at that year's WWDC. Since these clowns can't seem to make their devices work outside of a small geographic area due to server-side latency, this new offering from Apple could remove that hurdle to their incompetence.

    They really do suck.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 2
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 716member
    Other that the security it offers, this might also help the camera market since the devices will no longer require an investment into a cloud backend to function competitively.
    I'm not sure that's completely accurate. For example the Logo Circle 2 Wireless camera still provides a cloud backend for full functionality. Unless what you mean is that existing camera companies should strip that functionality from their cameras which don't provide HomeKit Secure Video. But I think there's still a market for insecure video storage, especially for Google/Android users.

    Anyway this is really good news. I was planning to return two recently purchased Logi Circle 2 Wired cameras tomorrow if I didn't hear this by Friday. But now I think it's safe to keep them.
    watto_cobra
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