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abode is Now Apple HomeKit Compatible

abode becomes the first HomeKit compatible DIY smart home security system.

abode systems has announced 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, 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.

iota 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.

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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.

To start, abode is adding HomeKit compatibility to iota, with plans to add HomeKit support for Gen 1 and Gen 2 systems so that all abode customers can use it with their Apple devices.

An abode software update going live today gives all current iota customers the ability to enroll their system into the Home app on a compatible Apple device, and users who purchase iota kits going forward can add HomeKit through the abode app.

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