abode systems, which specializes in do-it-yourself smart home security, says Apple HomeKit compatibility is now live for its iota all-in-one smart home security solution.
HomeKit is available as an update to iota home security systems (pricing starts at $329) enabling control through the Apple Home app and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and HomePod. Abode’s traditional Gen 2 and Gen 1 security systems will also add HomeKit compatibility in the near future, according to Chris Carney, abode CEO and cofounder.
The all-in-one smart home security system features a built-in HD camera, motion sensor, two-way audio, and Wi-Fi connectivity. With HomeKit, Apple users can now add their abode iota system directly into the Home app on their iPhone or iPad to control their smart home from a single app. In addition, all abode-branded motion, door, and window sensors can be added to the Home app when connected to the abode iota gateway.
With HomeKit compatibility, users can arm or disarm the iota system and receive notifications of motion events triggered by abode motion sensors as well as open or close events triggered by abode door or window sensors. Additionally, abode users can quickly and easily access a live stream of their home from iota’s built-in 1080p streaming camera right through the Home app and ask Siri for the status of their system.
Once added to the Home app, users can also use automations to create smart home rules that include their abode security system. For remote access to the home, users must have an Apple TV (4th generation or later), HomePod, or iPad running iOS 10 or later at home. Through the Home app, abode users can add their compatible security devices to their existing groups by room and configure their smart home to their preferences.