Use Apple HomeKit to automate and secure your home

I recently bought a set of security cameras to cover the area around my home. I live in a semi-rural area, and I’m not really that worried about burglars, but I felt that it couldn’t hurt to have some protection. One of the things that nudged me in this direction was the fact that the cameras I bought, NetGear’s Arlo Pro, support Apple’s HomeKit.

HomeKit is a framework that runs under the hood on macOS and iOS, and most people ignore it, unless they’ve explored smart home devices. HomeKit is quite easy to set up and use, and it gives you a powerful and secure way of controlling “smart home” devices like cameras, lights, doorbells, heating, and more.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 114: Apple HomeKit and the Smart Home

We take a close look at smart home technology and Apple’s HomeKit, and also discuss why Vladimir Putin is still using Windows XP, another Ring camera issue, some password problems, and a new Intel vulnerability called Plundervolt.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to develop connectivity standard – Apple

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance today announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian are also onboard to join the working group and contribute to the project.

The goal of the Connected Home over IP project is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers. The project is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable, and seamless to use. By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.

It seems like the sign that a technology has become mature is when companies all give up on trying to force their protocols or standards to be dominant, and when they accept that with everyone working together things will be easier. Over the past couple of years, I have adopted a few different smart home technologies, and, for now, since I use Apple products, I tend to choose those that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. But that leaves a lot of gaps in what is available. Companies working together will mean that, in a couple of years, I won’t need to make the same decisions, and there will be more competition, which is healthier for this type of technology.

Source: Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to develop connectivity standard – Apple