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HomeKit logo Early reports of delays in Bluetooth LE-based HomeKit Smart Home devices are coming true.

A Forbes article today attributes delays in the availability of Bluetooth-based HomeKit home automation products to problems implementing advanced encryption techniques Apple requires in the specification.

Stacey Higginbotham's May report in Fortune was the first indicator of trouble in HomeKit-land, reporting larger-than-expected code requirements that exceeded the memory available in small battery-powered devices.

Today's article expands on the reasons for product delays, citing processing and memory loads greater than Blueooth LE-based devices can handle due to 3072-bit key and other advanced encryption requirements.

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The article quoted an elgato spokesperson who said their first HomeKit efforts using Bluetooth LE required 40 seconds to figure out if a door was open or closed. Another report from a "source who requested anonymity to protect his relationship with Apple said lag times reached 7 minutes when his company’s device tried to use the HomeKit protocol through Bluetooth LE". elgato has since solved the problems by "tweaking firmware" and adding more memory.

Wi-Fi based Homekit products and those using gateways like the recently-reviewed Insteon HomeKit-enabled hub, don't face these problems due to more powerful (and power-hungry) chipsets and memory baked into products.

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