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GATE - The World's First, True Smart Mailbox

GATE is an IoT (Internet of Things) smart mailbox for the 21st century home.

GATE - The World's First, True Smart Mailbox

GATE is an IoT (Internet of Things) smart mailbox for the 21st century home.

$4,302
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 20 2015 3:54 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is GATE?

GATE is an IoT (Internet of Things) smart mailbox for the 21st century home.

  • Smart mailboxes distributed network learns local mail delivery patterns.  
  • Runs on solar panel and built using green materials.  
  • Instant alerts when your mail arrives.  
  • Predictive system gives you ETA every single day.  
  • Alerts your phone via text, email or Twitter.
  • Up to 500 feet line of sight range
  • Up to 2000 feet line of sight range with GATE+

GATE uses a local network to know exactly when the mail is going to be delivered each day, and notifies you from your phone, your social media, or even when you walk by the base station in your home.

GATE is made up of two main parts—the Mailbox Unit and the Home unit.

Two optional units, a solar box and an antenna that both mount on your mailbox, extend the battery life and range of your Mailbox sensor. 

As more people participate in the network, it gets stronger and more effective. It can even analyze mailbox data from around the neighborhood and share alerts about potential mail theft. It all happens automatically, so that you can get your mail without having to worry.

Smart, right? Now let’s get into more detail.

 How GATE is made

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 The home unit

Home Unit
Home Unit
  • The home unit controls the mailbox unit
  • The home unit works with either the mailbox unit and GATE app for your phone
  • The home unit connects to your home internet network via a Wi-Fi module to send commands to secure IoT server. This server sends notifications to your mobile device anytime, anywhere. 
  • The home unit can be configured to use Z-Wave home automation networks as well.
  • If your home doesn't have dedicated WiFi, or if your network goes down, you Mailbox Sensor will still be fully functional. The system will still deliver visual and audio alerts.
  • Has motions sensor built in, that will make smart alerts when it detects human motion.

Choose from 3 colors: 

1. Bone White band and blue LEDs available exclusively on Kickstarter

2. Obsidian Black band and red LEDs available exclusively on Kickstarter

3. Regular color: aluminum band and blue LEDs 

The mailbox unit

Mailbox Sensor Unit
Mailbox Sensor Unit
  • The mailbox unit uses a simple, reliable 915MHz TI radio transmitter and receiver to communicate with the home unit.
  • Any standard mailbox is compatible with the mailbox unit, with a few exceptions. In order to fit the Mailbox enclosure box with wires, your mailbox door has to be at least 140mm (5.5 inches) wide. 
  • The range of the mailbox unit is not less than 100 feet, but may be up to 500 feet if no obstacles block line-of-sight between the base unit and the mailbox antenna.
  • Mailbox Sensors have an ability to search and discover each other and relay alert messages with owner's permission to deliver alerts in the most optimal way.

The solar panel and antenna

Installing the solar unit is as simple as finding the sunny side of your mailbox, strapping the unit in place, and connecting a few wires. Installing the antenna requires drilling a ¼” hole in the side of your mailbox.

The app

  • Control GATE from anywhere in the world 
  • Available for iOS® and Android® phones
  • Works with ADT pulse and MCV
  • Works with Nest
  • Works with IFTTT via Twitter

Each mailman in the US has an assigned carrier route. GATE mailbox network can alert you of any activity in your neighborhood and you can get a better ETA for your mailman:

Get notifications on your Apple Watch:

 Ready to ship

Set-up is a Breeze

Installing these is as simple as using a Velcro mounting strap (or screws) on the Mailbox unit and plugging in the Home unit to power it up. The rest of the simple configuration takes place through the app on your phone, tablet

Home Unit Board
Home Unit Board

Timeline

Design

GATE will be available in pure aluminum, however, just for our Kickstarter backers we have Polar White and Obsidian Black limited editions. 

Technical specs:

Meet the Team

  • Jim Kolchin is the founder of the company.  He created and programmed the initial device and later built the strong team. He is an entrepreneur with a proven track record.
  • Alex Timoshenko has a Master's Degree in Electronic engineering who is the chief firmware engineer
  • Robert Patterson  is an Electrical Engineer who designed and developed the PCB and will continue to work on it.
  • C. J. Boger is the iPhone app Product Manager.  He designed the iPhone UI and UX
  • Andrey Berezin Antenna Engineer who designed the antenna and all other RF features
  • Russell McMahon is an Electrical Engineer who helps build the solar and low power LED circuits
  • Bill Somers Orange County, CA Electronics currently assembles the PCBs.
  • Ivan Androsenko has a Master's degree in Mechanical engineering, who is the iPhone developer
  • Ahmed Borai is the industrial engineer who is doing industrial design
  • Alex Brovikov has Master's degree in Software Engineering, Ruby on Rails developer
  • Pavel Hairullin has a Master's degree in Software and Optics Engineering, IoT sockets server developer
  • Alex Ilin has master’s degree in Software Engineering, Android developer, avid Accordion player
  • Robbie Luo is an Engineer who is in charge of injection molding and manufacturing control

Why Kickstarter?

We have been working hard to create the best product possible and we are determined to make GATE network a reality. We have finalized the prototype, and now we need your help to get GATE into production. We want all of you on Kickstarter to be the first to use GATE and having you on-board would just give us that last push to have GATE out to you that much quicker. We’re ready for production, let's make the world a better place!

Future

With your support, early adopters, will we be able to build a mailbox of the future with many cool features in the pipeline!

FAQ

What is GATE?

GATE is the industry’s first, true smart mailbox that learns from mail delivery timing and behaviors to create a smart home mailbox network. It can also notify you of any unusual activity on your personal mailbox or in the neighborhood, giving you assurance that your mail and identity are not being compromised when you’re home or away. By connecting to your home WiFi, GATE lets you know when your mail has arrived or when someone has compromised your mailbox while you are away. GATE also can connect to your home automation or home security system, allowing you to control your mailbox.

How does it work?

There are two pieces to the sensor: the home unit and the mailbox unit. The home unit connects to your home internet network via a WiFi module to send commands to secure IoT server. This server sends notifications to your mobile device anytime, anywhere. Even if your home doesn't have dedicated WiFi, or if your network goes down, your GATE will still be fully functional. When your mail arrives, the home unit can text, email, or even tweet at you to notify you!

Who is GATE for?

GATE is for anyone who has an unsecured mailbox and who wants to lower that 40% chance of mail theft to keep their identity that much safer. Seniors and the disabled can also benefit from GATE, by allowing them to not have to make unnecessary trips to the mailbox.

Is GATE really the Industry's First?

Yes! GATE is the first IoT mailbox sensor of its kind. Other attempts were made, but they only had primitive functionality.

Is GATE a whole new mailbox or just the device?

As of right now, it’s just one device. However, we plan to sell it as an assembly with the whole home mailbox in the future!

What is the expected retail price?  

The expected retail price is $279.  

What home security systems does GATE work with?

It works with ADT Pulse, AT&T Digital Life, Nexia Home Intelligence, Lowes Iris, and many more that support Zwave.  

Does it work with any other connected home devices?  

Yes, you can connect it with other home devices via IP, open API or Zwave. GATE works with Nest, and ZWave platforms like MiCasaVerde, SmartThings, and Wink.

Where can I find a user manual?

There will be an installation manual available upon purchase of GATE. You will also be able to download it online.

What OS does GATE work with?

GATE works with iPhone (also Apple Watch) and Android apps. These apps will be free of charge on AppStore and the Google Play store. The app is also available as a web application, and is usable on any computer.

Can I use a tablet or a smartphone?

Yes! GATE can be used on a tablet, smartphone, a computer, and even on the Apple Watch!

What is the battery life?

GATE has a highly energyefficient design that works with solar power. With the solar panel, the battery can last up to 10 or more years! Even better, installing the solar unit is as simple as finding the sunny side of your mailbox, strapping the unit in place, and connecting a few wires. Installing the antenna requires drilling a ¼” hole in the side of your mailbox.

Are there any service fees?

As of right now, there are no fees to operate GATE.

Does GATE come in colors?

Yes! We currently offer three different colors: 

● Bone white band with blue LEDs (available exclusively on Kickstarter). 

● Obsidian black band with red LEDs (available exclusive on Kickstarter). 

● Regular color (black) with aluminium band and blue LEDs.

What is your shipping policy?

Our shipping rates are: $20 in the US, $50 internationally Additionally, if you are not happy with the product, you can return it for a for refund within 30 days of purchase.

Where is GATE made?

GATE is designed in Los Angeles, California. The PCBs are made and assembled in Orange County, California, and the plastic boxes are made in Shenzhen, China. Final assembly and customer support is in Los Angeles. 

How secure is GATE? 

Unlike a lot of other IoT devices out there, all of GATE’s communications are encrypted using the same 128bit encryption that your bank uses. Even the hardware has special lock bits protection to prevent unauthorized tampering. 

How do I distinguish a GATE user from a mailman? 

We solved this problem by adding a 15 minute delay after user presses on big blue button to reset the alarm.

What if the sensor is stolen?

If your GATE sensor has been installed properly and is stolen, please file a police report and we will replace it free of charge!.  

Is there a GATE 2.0?  

Coming soon with your support!

Risks and challenges

Our PCBs are made and assembled in Southern California. Our enclosure boxes are designed in Los Angeles and made in Shenzhen, China. Most of the PCB components are made in USA. Our customer service and quality control teams are located in Los Angeles, CA. All of our RF components are pre-FCC certified. Passed internal spectrum analyzer tests.

Regular manufacturing risks: We’ve been working diligently for the last two years to ensure the high quality and timely delivery of the first production run of the Mailbox Sensor. But as with any innovative products we might experience unexpected challenges or red blocks as we are ramping up the first batch. Electronic Supply Chain Some of our electronic key components are unique and cannot be sourced through a backup supplier. As of today, we have a clear view of every component’s lead time. However, unforeseen events such as a high volume order from another bigger player in the market could force our supplier to delay the delivery of those components by a few weeks. WiFi & Battery Performance The quality of the WiFi connection is dependent on the design and placement of the antenna in the product housing. Through multiple experiments and testing we found an optimal positioning of our antenna to deliver the most reliable performance. But we are still working on improving the antenna performance to ensure even broader WiFi range without depleting too much of the battery power.

PRODUCT
We have taken the following steps to make sure that we deliver the highest quality product:
- Produced an initial product run of 100 GATEs to insure quality. In order to enhance the product experience, we will continue to improve the product based on your feedback.
- Extensively tested prototypes for performance, convenience and durability.

MANUFACTURING
We have established relationships with experienced manufacturers to mitigate the risk of delays by material suppliers and to ensure quality control is implemented to the highest level. In addition, we have produced an initial run with our manufacturers and set up all the necessary facilities and tooling.

Things are looking great! But if any unforeseen problems do come up, we will make sure to let our backers know as soon as possible.

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    BETA TESTER. Love being first? Want to play a role in how we shape the app, and start using a GATE before it goes to market? We will send you a device by June (or before) so you can be a part of our beta testing process! And don't worry, when our final devices come out, you will get one of those too.

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    The Angel List. The entire first production run of GATE will have YOUR USERNAME and BACKER NUMBER ENGRAVED INTO IT (and of course you'll get one). We’ll invite you and a friend to a private dinner before our launch party with the team.

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