D-Link has announced that it is becoming one of the latest companies to embrace Apple’s HomeKit framework with the development of a new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi camera aimed specifically at those building a connected home.
Many companies already offer smart cameras for the home, but D-Link has a pedigree in this area thanks to the experience that it has accrued through the production of its mydlink Home Series of devices, a range which currently boasts an extensive range of Wi-Fi cameras. It seems like the perfect natural progression to embrace Apple’s HomeKit and transition that experience across to building a Wi-Fi camera for HomeKit’s camera category.
The company hasn’t released a huge amount of information about the device, but has chosen to announce it relatively early to garner interest and raise excitement levels ahead of an official launch later this year.
D-Link has clearly been working on this for some time with the support of Apple behind-the-scenes. Apple only announced camera support in HomeKit at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which will position D-Link as one of the first companies to get to market with a Wi-Fi-enabled device that conforms to the requirements of that new category in iOS 10 Home app.
Kevin Wen, President of D-Link Europe essentially confirms that working relationship with Apple:
D-Link has been building Wi-Fi cameras for more than 10 years and we understand the strategic importance of these cameras to your home’s IoT ecosystem. We have been working hard with Apple to help make a unique connected home experience that meets the real needs of users. We are excited that now through the new HomeKit-enabled D-Link camera and Apple’s Home app in iOS 10, families around the world will have an easy and secure way to monitor their homes.
We’ll know about the new D-Link HomeKit camera later this year, but it’s likely that we can predict the main functionality that it ships with. As an integral security device in the connected home, the camera is likely to include motion and presence detection capabilities to monitor and record when people enter and leave the property.
If they’ve really thought about the market, then the camera should also include facial recognition to keep a granular record of who is in the property. Of course, there’ll be real-time notifications back to a connected smartphone, as well as the ability to control the device through voice commands using Siri thanks to the HomeKit integration.
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