Smart home security company Abode is releasing an all-in-one security device that combines elements of three different products into one. The Iota home security system contains a 1080p security camera, a motion sensor, and a gateway (the hub of the security system). It can be connected to the internet via a wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. A battery with enough capacity for six hours of operation should keep the system working if the power goes out, while an optional 4G connection is available in case the same happens to your internet.
Combining these bits of functionality has the potential to solve the two biggest issues we had when we tried out Abode’s existing system : its complexity and its need to be wired directly into a router. Along with potentially fixing these issues, it also maintains the same third-party integration that we liked on the original system, happily connecting to products from Nest, Ecobee, Philips Hue, LifX, and the smart home-friendly Z-Wave and Zigbee wireless protocols.
The Iota combines a security camera, motion sensor, and gateway into a single device.Image: Abode
The Abode Iota is available to preorder now at a discounted Black Friday price of $259 (normally $329) on Abode’s website. Paying $289 (or $359 when the discount ends) will include a year of the Connect Plan with its 4G backup connection, while $309 (normal price $409) will get you the Secure Plan , which adds 24/7 professional monitoring. The company’s previousBasic Essentials Kit, which includes a motion sensor, mini door sensor, gateway, and key fob, is also discounted from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, with promotional pricing starting at $199.