We were taken by surprise by yesterday’s (1/31/2019) news, along with everyone else.
Our aim now is to protect the March 31st date for having a system capable of handling the Gen 1 devices that can be offered to all existing users.
We are continuing with the Beta testing, as planned, but with a shift in emphasis.
The original plan was to focus initially on the use of 1st generation Iris devices. That was intended to enable users to gain a complete understanding of the system based on just these devices. Having become familiar with the system in this way, users can then move to their other devices.
Starting with the 1st generation devices in this way is not a reflection of the capability of the system, which already handles ZigBee HA, ZigBee LL, Z-Wave, and WiFi devices, it is merely a sensible way of moving forward.
In light of yesterday’s news, we intend to extend this approach. The focus will continue to be 100% on the 1st generation devices, until the majority of the Beta users are satisfied that we have a system that can be offered with confidence to all of the users of the 1st generation devices. Only then, will we move onto the other devices. In our view, this is the best way of protecting the March 31st date for most users.
We intend to ship the software on preloaded Micro SD cards, so that we can all focus on testing the system ASAP. This shipping will start next week, and we’ve been quoted a 5 day shipping lead time. The original plan was to involve between 5 and 10 people in this Beta testing. We have increased this to 20, on the basis that more people sharing the load should expedite the process.
We will be sending invitations to those of you with 1st generation devices who have registered on the website, have shown most interest, and have provided us with details about your system.
More details will be provided about the Beta testing to those of you who have accepted the invitation.