Abode officially adds Apple HomeKit Support to its smart security kit

Cupertino, March 11, 2020

Smart home security company Abode has officially added HomeKit support to its smart security kit, the company announced Monday.

Abode (not to be confused with Adobe Photoshop-maker) first introduced HomeKit support for its self-installed Iota security system last year. Now, the company's smart security kit is compatible with HomeKit, which means users can remotely control the product through the Home and Siri app.

Smart Security Kit is a system that integrates a key fob, a motion sensor and a window and door sensor with a security gate. The gateway is compatible with Zigbee, AbodeRF and Z-Wave Plus devices, allowing for a user-friendly extension of security systems.

If you already have a smart security kit, you'll be able to take advantage of the new HomeKit support today, February 10, after the planned firmware update will be active.

As mentioned, users will be able to arm or disarm their security systems, receive motion notifications, and manage events triggered by window or door sensors - all on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or HomePod.

Users can also remotely control the gateway through the Home app on iOS, iPadOS and macOS. The system can also be controlled via Siri voice commands on a wider range of devices, including Apple Watch and HomePod.

The close integration with HomeKit, as well as Apple's general privacy and security practices, make both Abode devices an excellent choice for Apple users.

Both the Iota and the smart security kit are similar, but they have some key differences. The iota is Wi-Fi compatible and comes with a built-in camera, while the Smart Security Kit is based on an Ethernet connection and doesn't have a built-in camera.

The basic version of the Smart Security Kit retails for $ 199 on Amazon, while the Iota starts at $ 229.

You can find both devices on the Abode website. (The company notes that first-generation Smart Security Kit gateways are still in the process of HomeKit certification.)

Abode also says it will bring HomeKit compatibility across multiple devices in the future, but it's not the only company that promises to support Apple's systems. While there are some notable discounts, such as Ring, other popular OEMs, such as SimpliSafe, have also announced future HomeKit compatibility.

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