Abode integrates Google Nest in security platform

  • May 9, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

California-based DIY smart home security firm Abode Systems has integrated Google Nest thermostats, doorbells and cameras into its platform.

Abode says it is the first no-contract, DIY home security brand to implement an integration with Google Nest products.

Prior to the Works with Nest programme sunset in 2019, the Abode smart home security platform had a deep integration with Nest products, allowing Abode home security users to control and automate Nest devices directly within Abode’s app.

Google has now developed an API called the Google Nest Device Access programme, which allows Abode to integrate both access and climate control Nest products into its platform and exchange information between the two ecosystems.

“This is an exciting milestone for Abode and Google Nest communities and we’re grateful to the team at Google for their commitment to creating accessible and compatible smart home security systems,” said Christopher Carney, CEO of Abode Systems, “This reintegration will provide customers with a seamless and convenient way to manage their home security, climate control and video surveillance, not to mention routines and automations, all in one place.”

The value of the collaboration is most evident in the CUE automation engine, which extends the usefulness and customisable features of the Abode system. For example, Abode users can leverage the connection with their Nest thermostat by switching to Away mode on Nest when the Abode system is set to Arm.

This integration provides a set of features and options to include Google Nest camera and doorbells to access each device’s livestream and, for some, record a video clip when an event is triggered. Users will be able to set triggers or conditions within the Abode CUE automation engine and customise responses based on triggers such as temperature or humidity for the thermostat as well as person, motion and sound detection from Google Nest cameras, both inside and outdoors.

Google has a range of smart home products including its voice assistant, smart hubs, cameras and climate control. Abode already works with Google Assistant for hands-free voice control of devices and automations set up. With this release, Google Nest customers and Abode customers will enjoy an integration with Google Nest thermostats, security cameras and video doorbells.

Founded in 2014 by former ADT executive Christopher Carney and part of the Nice group since 2018, Abode was designed for flexible and comprehensive all-in-one DIY smart security. Abode combines a no-contract home security platform with smart home functionality. Users can choose on-demand short-term monitoring with no contract or commitment and Abode offers out-of-the-box support for virtually any smart home device on the market including HomeKit, Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Zigbee and Z-Wave.