abode Adds 4G Cellular Backup, Enhanced Z-Wave to Its DIY Security System

abode says its gen 2 gateway with 4G and Z-Wave 500 keeps its product offerings as updated and future-proof as possible.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — abode has added several new features to its DIY smart home security system in order to “future-proof” its product offerings.

The company announces that its next iteration of the abode legacy gateway, the abode gen 2, will feature optional 4G cellular backup connectivity and enhanced Z-Wave functionality through Z-Wave Plus.

With the Z-Wave 500 Series on-board, the abode gen 2 gateway is Z-Wave Plus-certified and benefits from Z-Wave’s enhanced security protocol, S2, which ensures the highest level of security and encryption currently available for connected smart home and security devices, according to the company.

“We’re announcing the new abode gateway to keep our product offerings as updated and future-proof as possible,” says Chris Carney, abode co-founder & CEO. “Our new iota offering is Z-Wave Plus-certified and contains 4G cellular backup and we wanted to ensure our Essentials Kit gateway offered the same features and benefits for those customers who love the form factor of the original gateway.”

The abode gen 2 gateway supports CUE, abode’s enhanced automation engine which customers use to create abode automations and smart home rules that run their home the way they desire and tell the abode system how to react to specific events, according to the company.

The updated gateway supports all the same smart home integrations as the previous version including the newest integration with the Danalock V3 smart lock, as well as in-app support for solutions from Nest, ecobee, LifX, Philips HUE, First Alert, Linear and others.

The gen 2 gateway also features voice control support through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

“abode will continue to support all abode systems running on the original gen 1 gateway as well as develop for and release new features for all abode home security system options,” adds Carney. “On the HomeKit front, abode is 100% committed to bringing that functionality to users across our entire ecosystem of products and plan to have additional news to announce soon.”

You can learn more about abode’s smart security kit here.

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