Home security tech specialist Boundary has signed contracts with experts who have designed
products for Bosch, Ericsson and Flymo to bring its disruptive smart home security alarm to
Product design consultancy i4 Product Design Ltd (i4PD) has created hugely successful
consumer products, including 20 products for Flymo and seven versions of EPoS tills for
Zonal, the UK’s No. 1 supplier of hospitality business solutions, while the founder of product
developer Invent, Design, Build (IDB) has a track record that includes work with Honeywell
i4PD is working with Boundary to create a user-friendly smart alarm, carrying out the
industrial design and engineering design work needed to take the system to the
manufacturing stage. Among i4PD’s success stories is the recent Indiegogo launch of a
client’s wellness device, which went on to secure more than $2m in funding.
Andrew Chalmers, Project Manager at i4PD, said: “Our team working on the Boundary project
are entirely focused on creating a beautiful product, while providing all the functionality that
consumers expect from a smart home security system but at an affordable build cost. The
suite will include a control hub complimented by an app to allow remote control of the alarm
from their smart phone. The user will be able to set or unset the alarm using a key fob as
“We will use our experience to make sure the system has the right balance between
functionality and aesthetics. We don’t simply want the smart alarm system to be secure, but
also easy-to-use and desirable.”
Focusing on the system architecture and regulatory compliance of Boundary’s product will be
IDB, a Glasgow based company that specialises in helping entrepreneurs go from an idea to
launch and beyond. Having worked previously for Honeywell and Ericsson, IDB’s founder,
Derek Liddle, specialises in bringing innovative IoT sensor products to market, making him a
crucial source of expertise for Boundary’s product development.
Previously as Technical Director of CENSIS, the Glasgow based Innovation Centre, Derek
created the successful IoT Centre helping companies to accelerate their adoption of IoT
solutions and the institution to secure a further £9m in funding.
Mr Liddle said: “Boundary is a great project to work on. They are moving away from the
obscure, complicated control panel that users find difficult and are bringing the user
experience bang up to date with a solution that is not only modern and user-friendly, but also
offers grade 2 alarm system security and police response.”
IDB is providing Boundary with electronics and internal design, including how the device will
be operated and controlled, and its secure connectivity to both sensors and third parties.
Due to the very specific and stringent industry standards that must be met, IDB has carried
out a great deal of diligence to ensure that the requirements for a grade 2 alarm system will
be in place.
Robin Knox, co-founder of Boundary, said: “We are enjoying working with both i4 and IDB as
we continue to refine and develop our smart home alarm. Both firms have strong track
records in achieving fantastic results and are exactly the safe hands on the tiller that
“We are passionate about supporting the local start-up scene and tech community here in
Scotland, so with both companies being local to us, we are sticking to our ethos of using
home-grown talent wherever possible. Both companies are well versed in the application of
IoT in products and we believe that the continued rise of connected devices means that the
time is right for Boundary’s connected ‘security as a service’ offering.”
Boundary has big plans for the coming months, including the launch of its Kickstarter
campaign, which will go live in early 2019 and aims to sell between 500-1,000 units, raising
between £50,000 to £100,000 in investment.
In addition to these funds Knox and his co-founder, Paul Walton, will be drawing on their
previous fund-raising experience to generate a further £2 million in investment over the
course of 2019, including an angel round early in the year.
Knox and Walton have a successful track record with start-ups, having successfully exited
their previous business, Intelligent Point of Sale, which sold to iZettle, which was then
subsequently acquired by PayPal in 2018 for $2.2bn.