In the Kickstarter campaign for Point we communicated the following in our FAQ:
“Point contains a smoke detector similar to other commercial optical fire alarms, but is not certified according to regulatory requirements and does not replace a certified smoke detector.
We have initiated collaboration with a certification company and aim to take Point through the process. However, it is not unlikely that changes will have to be made to the hardware. We cannot guarantee the Points received for a Kickstarter pledge will be certified in the future.”
We worked hard on getting a smoke alarm in place. Certification turned out to be hard and require a standard which Point currently cannot fulfil, such as a 1-year battery life and extensive hardware stress tests. There is also very strict requirements on software updates for internet connected smoke detectors, even though the smoke detector software is kept separate from the other software.
Instead, we have stated that Point is neither a smoke alarm nor that it conforms to UL217, EN14604, or other regulatory requirements on our packaging and communication. We since learned that Point still requires certification.
Point makes your old smoke detector smart
Point can actually still work as a smart smoke detector. Point picks up on the sound from a traditional smoke detector and will send a notification when your smoke detector goes off.
We know that some of you purchased Point primarily for the smoke detection feature and we are sorry to deliver these news. Throw a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you.
The Minut team