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.
According to Lumkani they ” have developed and rolled out smart centralised devices, which gather information about the detector mesh network. These devices constantly check the health of the system and in the event of fire, store GPS coordinates and simultaneously send text-message warnings to members of the affected community. Our next phase is to send, in real-time, the coordinates of fires to the municipality’s emergency response personnel”.
Africa. Although the product has so far been deployed in South Africa. They have tested it in Namibia and piloted it in Kenya
Lumkani is both the manufacturer and distributor. The company is currently seeking investment capital to expand distribution.
Current retail price is US $9 -$10 (Equivalent to 120 South African Rand)
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.
Low income population or residents of dense urban neighborhoods, including those of informal settlements (or slums or shanty towns). and refugee/IDP camps.
Units are manufactured in South Africa.
Lumkani’s software code is copyright protected and patent applications are in progress.
Lumkani is both the manufacturer and distributor. For more information or to place an order, you can contact the company directly.
Lumkani has distributed roughly 7,000 units, and they are looking to expand into new markets in Africa (Kenya, Namibia, etc)
Beyond regular changing of the battery (the need for which is indicated with a light on the unit), minimal maintenance is required. Where technical support is necessary, the manufacturer provides assistance.
None. Residents must replace battery as needed.
Unknown. There are no guidelines for disposal of the unit.
Testing has been completed by the South African Bureau of Standards.
Follow the installation instructions.
None. Lumkani is also working on a model for financial models like fire insurance in informal settlements.
Telecommunication service required for the product/service to work (Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, Other)
Remote diagnotics or monitoring available
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Batteries, Uninterrupted prower supply (UPS), solar energy, Other.
Testing has been completed with the South African Bureau of Standards.
Initial tests were done throughout the design process by the manufacturer. A glimpse of the testing process can be seen in here
Lumkani is also working on a model for fire insurance in informal settlements. For more information on the product installation and specification go here
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