Robin’s team today announced that its Robin ProLine Compact Video Doorbell is now supporting HomeKit Secure Video, having received Apple sign-off certification earlier this week. Secure Video integration allows the automatic saving of motion clips to the iCloud account of the user.
Robin led the charge in the HomeKit doorbell space, having been the first company to ship any form of HomeKit compatible doorbell last year. The doorbells come at a cost (literally) though.
The Robin ProLine doorbell range is designed for retail and small office environments and is priced to suit, with RRP depending on the model ranging around $500-$700. Nevertheless, other HomeKit accessory manufacturers are yet to ship a video doorbell for unknown reasons and despite promises and teasers, leaving Robin as the only choice for the time being.
With the integration of HomeKit Secure Video, a HomeKit hub detects motion events (such as pets or people) from the video feed of the doorbell and can save those clips automatically to the iCloud account of the user. HomeKit Secure Video includes a premium iCloud storage plan; one camera supports the 200 GB iCloud plan, while up to five active HomeKit Secure Video cameras support the 2 TB plan.
Using end-to-encryption, video recordings are stored and all motion analysis occurs locally on the HomeKit hub.
While Robin may be the only available doorbell, a number of companies have rolled out HomeKit Secure Video cameras including the Logitech Circle 2. EufyCam 2 and eufyCam 2C, Smart Indoor Camera Netatmo and Outdoor Camera Netatmo.