First announced way back at CES 2018, Abode’s Iota Security System has finally gained support for Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform via firmware updates today. The release is significant as it is just the second dedicated security system (Honeywell’s Lyric Controller was the first) available for HomeKit, and because it adds several new types of sensors to the catalog of available accessories. Abode’s security system allows users to create their own DIY setup of sorts, without the requirement of having a subscription fee, although plans are available if users want to go the “professional monitoring” route.
Abode’s Iota Smart Home Hub is the heart of the security system and is required for adding their accessories to HomeKit. The Iota Hub communicates to Abode accessories through RF technology, and it also supports Z-Wave and Zigbee devices, although it only exposes their own sensors to HomeKit. The Hub supports up to 160 devices and connects to home networks via ethernet or Wi-Fi. Additional features on the hub include a SIM card slot for a cellular backup connection, and a rechargeable battery that keeps the system online even if the power goes out.
The Hub also includes some handy hardware onboard, such as a motion sensor, 93 decibel siren, and a camera. As confirmed by HomeKitGeek.com’s Chris Young, the camera is exposed to HomeKit when paired. The camera sports a 123 degree horizontal field of view, and it can capture video directly to a MicroSD card which supports cards up to 32gb.
As previously mentioned, Abode has their own line of RF based accessories, and quite a few make their way into the Home app when the hub is paired. First up is two contact sensors that assume the typical 2 piece form factor which attach directly to a door or window. The aptly named Abode Door/Window sensor features an impressive 10 year battery life. The battery inside is replaceable and is a standard CR2 lithium battery, and the sensor is priced at $32. The other contact sensor, the Abode Mini Door/Window, is as one would suspect a slightly smaller variant, but is actually priced a little higher, retailing at $35 each. The Mini sensor uses a CR250 lithium battery which is rated to last up to 4 years.
Next up is the Abode Recessed Door Sensor, which gives users a discreet way to monitor the comings and goings of their home. This sensor is the first known recessed sensor available for HomeKit, and it is reasonably priced at $42 each. Installing the sensor requires drilling into a door frame, which may sound daunting, but the sensors clean visual may make it work it to some. The Recessed Door Sensor is battery powered, and it can last up to 10 years on the included CR2 lithium battery, which is easily replaceable.
Also for doors and windows, Adobe’s Slim Strip Sensor, provides another discreet way to keep tabs on the home. The Slim Strip looks just like it sounds, with a thin strip comprised of all the internal radios and hardware, and a smaller thin magnet which lets the sensor know if a door or window is opened or closed. The Slim Strip doesn’t require any tools for installation, as it can be mounted using the included double sided tape, and the whole set up is powered by an internal, non-replaceable battery. Even though the batteries cannot be replaced, they are rated to last up to 8 years. The Slim Strip is available now with a retail price of $42.
Abode’s Motion Sensor, which is looks and operates similar to others on the market. The Motion Sensor is capable of detecting movement within 35 feet and it has a 110 degree field of view. The Motion Sensor is powered by 2 AA batteries, and they should last up to 5 years before needing replaced. The Abode Motion Sensor retails for $55, and is available for purchase on outlets such as Amazon.
While the Adobe Keypad 2 does not show up in the Home app, the motion sensor housed inside does. The Keypad 2, which is shipping this week, is a unique take on the traditional alarm keypad as it has a rechargeable battery built-in, enabling portable functions. The keypad attaches magnetically to a base that is mounted on a while, and it has large backlit keys for ease of use in the dark. The Keypad supports up to 40 unique pin codes, and its battery can last up to 6 months before needing charged. The Keypad 2 retails for $89, and is available for order directly from Abode.
Finally, there is the Abode Occupancy Sensor, which combines several sensors into one compact unit. In addition to occupancy, this sensor reports temperature, humidity, light, and motion. The sensor is also battery powered, with an expected life of around 4 years, and they are replaceable, although the specific size is not noted on their specifications. The Adobe Occupancy Sensor retails for $59, but it is only available directly from Abode at this time.
If you are interested in the Abode Iota Security System, then you should definitely check out Abode’s online store, as it is currently running some nice discounts (up to 25% off) and bundles on just about everything. For example, a starter set that includes the Iota Hub, a keyfob, and a Mini Door/Window Sensor can be had for just $229, down from its normal price of $299. What do you think of Adobe’s HomeKit offerings? Do you have experience with Adobe’s security system and want to share with others? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, @HomeKit_Hero.