Earlier this year at CES 2018, home security startup Abode announced the Iota – their new DIY HomeKit security system. The system is designed to provide a level of flexibility that allows users to build a network of automated devices tailored to their liking around the central gateway device.
Abode initially planned to ship in late Q1 of 2018 with a $329 price tag. While this target date has already passed, it is safe to take the leap and say that the wait is worthwhile. Abode has received a majority stake investment from home and building automation brand Nice S.p.A. and plans to ship the Iota this summer.
In a press release earlier this week, Abode made the acquisition official, which they hope will help the company meet current demands and continue to compete in a crowded market. Abode’s CEO and co-founder, Christopher Carney, commented:
“The Nice group sees abode as an opportunity to leverage what we’ve built to grow their brands in North America and to allow us to expand and remain competitive as well as pursue global markets. We appreciate Nice’s focus on design and user experience and look forward to joining forces with them to continue to innovate to make abode the most sought-after choice for smart home security in the market.”
The Iota includes a 1080p HD camera and Z-Wave, ZigBee, and RF connectivity support, in addition to working with HomeKit. This means that users can control their security system using the iOS Home app or Siri. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are also supported. Abode states that the Iota will feature native app support out of the box for a number of smart home brands such as Nest, Ecobee, Phillips Hue and LifX.
In conjunction with this week’s announcement, Abode has issued a statement to quell the fears of smart home enthusiasts worried about the company’s continued dedication to HomeKit support following new management. While Iota has missed its original shipping target, the product is still on the way:
“Abode plans to continue to work hard on its product roadmap, including the summer release of iota, their next generation gateway with built-in HD camera and HomeKit compatibility previously introduced at CES 2018.”
Abode has yet to confirm their earlier price point of $329.
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