Smart home security company Abode has added HomeKit compatibility to its smart security kit announced today. This is the second system in the Abode portfolio that receives HomeKit support and integrates its sensors into Apple's smart home system. The Iota system was the first self-installing home security system to be added to HomeKit in November.
Smart Security and Iota can now be controlled via Apple's Home App and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and HomePod. For remote access to the home app, users need a fourth-generation or later Apple TV, a HomePod, or an iPad with iOS 10 or later at home. Existing Smart Security Kit users can register their systems with a firmware update that goes live today, February 10th. Anyone who buys an Iota or Smart Security Kit in the future can add HomeKit via the Abode app.
The smart security system comes with a keychain, a motion sensor and a window / door sensor as well as a gateway that is compatible with Z-Wave Plus, ZigBee and AbodeRF devices. The basic version costs only $ 179 for the kit, the "Connect" version costs $ 219 and includes one year of telephone support. The "Secure" version is currently listed on the Abode website for $ 279 and includes everything the lower options offer 24-hour surveillance and an extended warranty.
Abode's two HomeKit-supporting systems are quite similar and enable the monitoring of homes with a variety of sensors. The main differences between the two systems: The Iota kit can be used with WLAN and has an HD camera integrated in the gateway, while the gateway of the Smart Security Kit requires Ethernet access and has no built-in camera.
Location gateway, key fob, motion sensor and door / window sensor.
Users can activate or deactivate their Abode security system and receive notifications that a motion sensor has been triggered. All door or window sensors, occupancy sensors and motion sensors of the Abode brand are added to the home app when they are connected to the Smart Security Kit gateway.