THE PROBLEM: When fires start in informal settlements, they cause serious damage. A fire in one shack quickly moves to others nearby.

 

THE INSIGHT: Most fire alarms are smoke detectors. But think about it… where there is smoke there is fire…. but maybe also just a stove. But you can also detect a fire, by detecting heat.

 

THE CHALLENGE: How might we detect fires when they start and put them out quickly enough to stop them spreading and causing vast damage?

 

THE SOLUTION: The Lumkani device is a fire detector that uses heat detection technology to detect fires, instead of smoke detection. When it detects a fire, it beeps and alerts the people inside the shack. Each device is also linked to the devices nearby, so if a fire starts, the neighbours’ devices start beeping and the community can all help put out the fire.

 

THE IMPACT: Lumkani buys time for the community to put out a fire when it starts, and stop it spreading further. Because of Lumkani thousands of people will not lose their homes, valuables, and even lives.

 

THE INNOVATORS: Lumkani started as a university Engineering project and grew from there. The team is young, and motivated to solve South Africa’s problems. Learn more here

 

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