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Eve – Welcome to a smart home that’s 100% private

Dec 19, 2019 - by Lars - Comments

Home is your most private space. The only place where you can do as you please, on your terms. However, if you live in a smart home, you will also produce loads of data that others will be only too keen to get their hands on. That’s why we developed our Eve range from the ground up to keep information such as whether you’re at home or away, your consumption and history data, costs and much more besides private and secure – and off-limits to inquisitive eyes.

What happens at home, stays at home

Our initial range of accessories (Eve EnergyEve Door & WindowEve Motion) hit the stores in July 2015 alongside other vendors’ HomeKit products, marking the commercial start for the Apple platform. We have since expanded our portfolio to include over a dozen products, with one thing remaining unchanged – platform support. The fact that Eve products are still exclusive to the HomeKit platform is mainly down to the privacy and data protection approach we have in common with Apple, which none of the other big-name brands embraces: “What happens at home, stays at home.”

Full range of functions – all with no Eve bridge or cloud

The key feature of every Eve product is that it can be used on its own – there is no proprietary hub, bridge or starter kit. And to make installation an absolute breeze, Eve products use the same standards supported natively by HomeKit. Depending on the Eve accessory, the connection is established directly through Bluetooth Low Energy (such as with Eve Thermo) and Wi-Fi (such as in the case of Eve Light Strip). And with a home hub, Apple TV or HomePod, the user doesn’t even need to be at home to control the Eve accessory. The home hub also takes care of automations, which are time, location or event based rules. As Eve products don’t need a proprietary bridge or gateway, setting them up and using them is easy and they’re also secure – with no outdated, proprietary or poorly protected wireless standard, and above all no checking in with base – or any bases for that matter.


Total radio silence

A tool released as part of a Princeton University research project hit the headlines recently. It’s called the Princeton IoT Inspector and it helps consumers learn more about how much data the IoT devices in their smart home are streaming into the ether. When left running for 24 hours, it quickly becomes apparent just how much data smart speakers, TVs, light bulbs and the like are broadcasting to servers all over the world. By contrast, Eve doesn’t talk to anyone on the internet – Eve communicates exclusively via HomeKit. The Eve app doesn’t harvest any personal information either – with users never forced to create an account or register their accessories. User data is never stored in some database, it is never analyzed, nor is it ever used for any advertising purposes. Historical data, such as temperature records of the Eve Degree weather station, is stored locally on the Eve accessory itself and on iPhone, not on iCloud or anywhere else.

Apple vs. the data spewers

Totally local: it’s a trend Eve is setting among HomeKit vendors. In the coming weeks, home network routers are going to start hitting the stores bearing the “Works with HomeKit” badge. Apple has been working with third-party manufacturers such as Linksys to give users granular control over how much free rein they want to give their HomeKit accessories to go communicating by themselves. The user can set whether the router can only exchange a minimal amount of data, meaning exclusively through HomeKit (this would be roughly on a par with Eve’s current security standard). On the medium security setting, the user can allow communication with specific, verified internet services. Alternatively, the user can simply allow all communication to flow freely with maximum freedom – and maximum risk.



Trust through transparency

Communication between Eve accessories and iPhone is end-to-end encrypted, whether it takes place locally or via iCloud. In this regard, Apple is totally transparent and has published a white paper called iOS Security that sets out all the technologies, protocols and strategies it uses. This guide is regularly updated and covers everything anyone could ever want to know. Check it out at Google and Amazon produce similar documents. However, the proprietary cloud services offered by smaller providers stand in complete contrast to this, as “they are usually overwhelmed by the constant need to provide the requisite level of security for customer data, and will eventually be hacked sooner or later,” said Elgato and Eve founder Dr. Markus Fest.



Smart home approach driven by data and products

Each of the three giants has a completely different business model: Google’s business is data, Amazon is an e-commerce platform, and Apple sells devices alongside services. Anyone who uses a smart assistant from one of the first two companies mentioned above should be clear that their data will become a product. It’s a legitimate business model as it offers customers considerable price benefits – take smart speakers, for instance, which can now be picked up for practically nothing. Among others, Amazon is also hungry for more – it additionally wants to know which TV channels the user selects manually via their remote control instead of asking Alexa. Between these data-driven approaches and Apple’s model of selling products lie many smaller vendors where both these approaches overlap. Scenarios include those where the customer pays for a smart heating controller, only for the vendor to go accessing the customer’s heating data. In this respect, Eve’s clear positioning is like no other brand in the market: fantastic products, incredible privacy and maximum security.

Dave Mitchell
Why doesn’t my Eve door and motion sensors not show up in my thread network?
Apr 4, 2022
Hello Dave! The current model of Eve Motion is not Thread enabled. On Eve Door & Window it depends on the model you use. Please check here:
Best regards, Volker
Apr 5, 2022
Ian Jones
When is the Eve Smoke going to be available again? I haven't seen one for sale for years.

Feb 15, 2022
Hello Ian! Thank you for contacting Eve Systems and your interest in our Eve Smoke. Due to extreme delivery constraints this product isn’t available for sale anywhere at this time. A new shipment is expected within the next few months. Unfortunately, we're neither able to provide a more specific delivery date, nor any further details on future products or the time frame of their release. For news and updates please sign up for our newsletter

Best regards, Volker
Feb 16, 2022
Travis Roesner
I am super interested in using Eve in my home - I’ve wanted to track energy usage at the outlet level for years. I’ve tried multiple solutions like the now defunct Zuli Kickstarter product, Belkin’s WeMo energy monitoring plugs, and researched others but none of them were developer friendly and very obviously leaked data into the cloud for their company’s own benefit, not mine. I love this ideology and more IoT manufacturers should take note.

Do Eve products allow developers to connect to the devices locally and stream power usage data from them to a local data store? I am a data professional and want to wire up my entire home to an automated analytics pipeline for all energy monitoring plugs I have installed using a locally-hosted Python script.

If and when that feature is enabled I will fill my entire home with these smart plugs. Love it.
Jul 31, 2021
Ian Eiloart
So, can I export the data? Ideally automatically, to a web server, in -say- CSV format? I'm looking to use it in a degree-day analysis.
Jul 17, 2021
Hello Ian! You can export the historical data from Eve accessories in the app Eve, only manually. And it is in Excel format, you can use Numbers as well. From there you may convert it to CSV and integrate it on your web space. Best regards, Volker
Jul 17, 2021
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