Arlo Adds Apple Homekit Support to Expand Smart Home Functionality
iOS users can now access certain functions of their Arlo Pro or Pro 2 cameras in the HomeKit ecosystem using the Apple Home app and Siri voice commands.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Arlo Technologies (NYSE: ARLO) announces Apple HomeKit compatibility is rolling out for Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 security camera systems that are paired with VMB4000 and VMB4500 base stations.
Compatibility with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home platform, will provide added convenience for iPhone and iPad users, according to the company.
iOS users will be able to access certain functions of their Pro or Pro 2 cameras in the HomeKit ecosystem using the Apple Home app and Siri voice commands. Additionally, a free-of-charge automatic firmware update is now rolling out for both new and existing Pro or Pro 2 users that are operating off either of the two compatible base station models.
“Given the ever-evolving smart home ecosystem protocols and landscape, cross-compatibility is something we’re always exploring,” says Tejas Shah, SVP product and CIO. “Knowing HomeKit support continuously resonates with our users, we wanted to expand those offerings to our wire-free camera solutions. By optimizing the compatibility to work with both the HomeKit ecosystem, as well as the Arlo app, our users now have added convenience.”
HomeKit allows users to securely control smart home products via the Apple Home app and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac and HomePod. Existing Arlo Pro and Pro 2 security camera users whose cameras are paired with either the VMB4000 or VMB4500 base station models will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected.
iOS users can also utilize Siri to quickly activate a HD livestream onto their iPhone or iPad hands-free. With HomeKit, Arlo Pro and Pro 2 users can also set up automations to control other HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.
For example, users can set up an automation to trigger HomeKit-enabled lights to turn on at certain times when motion is detected by an Arlo Pro or Pro 2 camera.
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