Lumkani – Early Warning Fire Detection System

Lumkani is a small fire alarm that registers the rate at which heat rises within a small residence indicating when there might be a fire risk. It then connects with neighboring devices, setting off a chain of alarms so that neighbors can intervene. Newer versions also communicate with home owners via SMS, as well as with local emergency services.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Africa. Although the product has so far been deployed in South Africa. They have tested it in Namibia and piloted it in Kenya

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Lumkani is both the manufacturer and distributor. The company is currently seeking investment capital to expand distribution.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Current retail price is US $9 -$10 (Equivalent to 120 South African Rand)

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Many big companies have available products for warning fire alert systems, however, non of them seemed to be targeted to residents of informal settlements or low income population.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 10: reduced inequality

Goal 11: sustainable cities

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Low income population or residents of dense urban neighborhoods, including those of informal settlements (or slums or shanty towns). and refugee/IDP camps.

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