Edinburgh-based tech start-up set to launch smart home alarm



A Scottish home security tech start-up is planning to launch a new smart-home alarm later this year.

Edinburgh-based Boundary created the system to solve problems associated with traditional alarm systems.

By the end of the first quarter it expects to have testing certification signed off to Grade 2 UK and European alarm testing standards – meaning the alarm performs reliably and is tamper-proof.

Founders Robin Knox and Paul Walton also said this means it will become the only smart alarm in the UK accurate enough to provide an automatic police response and the only ‘smart’ alarm system to meet UK and European alarm standards.

Grade 2 certification is one of the requirements of insurers, as well as police for an ‘automatic level 1’ priority response.

The DIY version of the alarm is self-monitored, requiring a smartphone to control the device and giving the owner full control over their siren, no matter where they are.

The system can integrate with existing smart home systems, including Alexa and Google Homes. It aims to give protection against all known threats, with intelligent sensors designed to minimise false alarms, including those caused by pets.

Boundary uses end-to-end encryption of data, with over-the-air security updates to ensure maximum protection.

The lifespan of the product is seven years from the installation date, using technology to check the system remotely, including battery life in the sensors that is expected to last over a year.

Robin Knox, chief executive at Boundary, said: “2020 has been a year full of challenges, not least launching a highly-regulated consumer hardware product in the middle of pandemic induced supply chain problems.

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“With home improvement still at the top of many people’s priorities we’re optimistic for 2021 and are already looking forward to the launch of our second product which will leverage AI to proactively protect homes”

The creators of Boundary are the duo that disrupted the payments market with their fintech business IPOS, which was sold to iZettle and then acquired by Paypal.

Despite suffering setbacks as a result of the pandemic, the team at managed a funding round of £1.7m in 2020.

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