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Honeywell embraces Apple HomeKit with Lyric Home Security and Control System

The existing Lyric Honeywell home security system will gain HomeKit support in early 2017, thanks to a forthcoming software update, making make it the first-ever pro-installed security system with support for Apple's smart home platform.

The Lyric Home Security and Control System will receive a software upgrade adding HomeKit support within the first three months of 2017, Honeywell announced on Thursday.

The update will be available to both current and future Lyric Security customers. Honeywell claims the Lyric will be the first professionally installed and professionally monitored security system with support for HomeKit.

After the update, trips to Lyric sensors will provide visual and audible notifications to a user's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Lyric sensors can protect a user's door or window, or detect motion in a room.

In addition, existing professionally monitored security devices can integrate with Lyric Security, allowing the system's central station to quickly contact first responders.

The Lyric Home Security and Control System features a 7-inch touchscreen for monitoring and controlling, and a built-in camera. It's intended for professional installs, but can be purchased separately from Amazon for DIY installs for around $320.

Also this week, Honeywell announced a pair of Lyric cameras, though neither of those accessories appear to support HomeKit. However, other HomeKit-compatible security cameras were announced at CES this week: The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD and Withings Home Plus.