Abode has introduced Iota, its new “home security gateway,” at this year’s CES.
Abode’s Iota — stylized by the company as “iota” — features a built-in 1080p HD camera and a gateway that can connect with Z-Wave, Zigbee, and RF devices. Notably, Iota is one of the few DIY security systems thus far that supports Apple’s HomeKit. This enables secure control of the device from Siri or Apple’s Home app.
Iota, like many new products being introduced at CES this year, also features support for Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Along with Siri, this gives Iota three separate voice control options, which is another rarity in the space. Abode has also announced that the system will also feature native app support for Nest and Ecobee, and direct integration with LifX and Philips Hue.
Iota allows users to access live video at any time, via the Abode web, Apple Home app, or Abode’s app for Android or iOS. In the event of an alarm, the system will automatically upload clips to the Abode timeline, no matter what plan you may have. Video clips can also be triggered by events within the home. Iota uses Wi-Fi or Ethernet, so customers can use the system wirelessly or plug it into a router.
Additional features include a microphone and speaker for two-way audio, and IR illumination for low light conditions.
Plans And Upgrades
Like many DIY security systems, Abode offers a number of plans without monthly contracts or long-term commitments. The basic plan is free, but there’s also a $10/mo. plan with cellular backup and optional on-demand monitoring, and a $30/mo. plan that adds professional monitoring.
Existing Abode security system users won’t be left out in the cold, either. Iota offers additional functionality when compared to Abode’s existing gateway system, but overall they offer most of the same functions. Current users who’d rather upgrade to Iota will get a loyalty discount, though it’s unclear at this time how much money those users will be saving.
Iota is expected to launch sometime in the first quarter of this year at a retail price of $329.