abode Smart Security Kit Now Apple HomeKit Compatible
Palo Alto, CA – February 10, 2020 – 11 AM ET – abode systems, a leader in DIY smart home security, today announces its Smart Security Kit home security solution has added support for Apple HomeKit. With this update, both the abode iota and abode Smart Security Kit home security systems are now HomeKit compatible and can be controlled through the Apple Home app and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and HomePod.
With HomeKit compatibility, Apple users can add their Smart Security Kit gateway directly to the Home app on their iPhone or iPad to control and secure their smart home from a single app. Users can arm or disarm their abode security 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. Any abode-branded door/window sensors, occupancy sensors, and motion sensors will be added to the Home app when connected to the Smart Security Kit gateway. abode remains committed to bringing HomeKit compatibility to even more devices within the abode portfolio.
“With iota, our all-in-one solution, abode was the first DIY home security company to achieve HomeKit compatibility and with that came a promise to our customers that we would add HomeKit compatibility and functionality across all of our security kits,” said Chris Carney, CEO and founder of abode. “With this update, we continue to fulfill that promise so that all abode users will have access to the convenience, privacy and security that comes with HomeKit and the added peace of mind provided by their abode security system.”
Once added to the Home app, users can also use automations that include their abode security system. For remote access via the Home app, users must have an Apple TV (4th generation or later), HomePod, or iPad running iOS 10 or later at home.
An abode firmware update going live today gives abode users using the Smart Security Kit the ability to enroll their system into the Home app on a compatible Apple device. Additionally, any future users who purchase an abode iota or Smart Security Kit can easily add HomeKit through the abode app. The abode Gen 1 gateway remains in certification with Apple and HomeKit compatibility will be made available upon certification completion to ensure all customers can use any abode security kit with their Apple devices.