Hello everyone. My company is thinking about marketing a product to boaters and I thought I would ask members of this forum for their opinion. We have a patent on a wireless, battery powered smoke detector that connects to a 24 hour monitoring center using cellular networks. If the unit detects smoke, it triggers a notification to the central station which can call a list of numbers on file and/or call out the fire department instantly. This was originally designed for home owners / renter who don't have a monitored home alarm/smoke detector which is more than 75% of the population. Another focus was for pet owners since tens of thousands of pets die each year from smoke inhalation. They can't call 911 and can't get out of the house.
Now for the boaters! We want to add additional monitored devices like a high water & temp sensor for the bilge and CO sensor in the cabin with the option of a self contained video camera with motion detection. The phone App will let you monitor your vessel in real time and you can instantly be notified if any of the sensors are tripped. For example if your boat starts taking on water and the bilge pump fails the high water sensor will send an alert. If someone comes onto your boat in the winter when it's shrink wrapped or enters the cabin in the summer, it will send you an alert and a recorded video clip of the event. You can also log into the camera in real time to check things out. Same goes for the smoke detector but in addition to notifying the owner we can also dispatch the fire department if you can't be reached. Several more options will be available including GPS location to track your boat. This may be a good option if you're on the boat and the CO sensor trips while your sleeping. Carbon Monoxide takes effect quickly and having your location can help police and USCG pinpoint the vessel instantly.
I know there are devices already available that may be similar but they all seem to required power and aren't usually monitored. Price also seems to be very high for the hardware I've seen so far. We're looking to market to all boat owners not just the ones with deep pockets.
Here are my questions:
What is your first impression?
Does the monitored smoke detector appeal to you as a stand alone product/service?
If yes, how much would you pay for the hardware and how much per month for 24/7/365 monitoring?
What add-on sensors appeal to you most? high water, CO, Temp (freezing), camera, what else?
What's the most you would pay up front for hardware?
What would you pay per month for a monitoring of all services with access to the App and camera feed...?
What else would you like to see in this type of service?
Thank you in advance for your honest feedback. If anyone is interested in helping us enter the marine marketplace, please PM me your contact info and we will put you on our list. When we're ready for testing and marketing, free units will be shipped to participant of our focus group. Thanks again.