Lumkani has built the world's 1st off-the-shelf, networked early warning device & system designed for people living in dense urban slums.The device is a heat detector and not an ill-suited smoke detector. In a fire situation, the device will ring alerting the family inside enabling them to be proactive before the fire becomes unmanageable. After 20 seconds the device transmits a signal to a...SEE ALL
Lumkani has built the world's 1st off-the-shelf, networked early warning device & system designed for people living in dense urban slums.The device is a heat detector and not an ill-suited smoke detector. In a fire situation, the device will ring alerting the family inside enabling them to be proactive before the fire becomes unmanageable. After 20 seconds the device transmits a signal to all devices in neighbouring homes up to 60 metres away creating a community-wide response to the fireSEE LESS
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Lumkani has developed a world-first early warning fire detection system specifically designed for urban informal settlements. Our integrated system allows for warning alerts to be generated across multiple levels to enable quick response times decreasing the loss of life and property caused by shack fires. The first alert level occurs inside each home. The Lumkani in-home fire detector is a rate-of-rise of temperature detector which has been specifically calibrated to detect dangerous fires using heat and NOT smoke as a method of detection. This is to address the fact that urban slum environments are innately smoky from the cooking, lighting and heating methods used by most people. In this way we reduce all false alarms that would normally occur and it is therefore a more accurate and appropriate form of fire detection. In the event of a fire situation the in-home detector will sound an alarm, alerting the family inside the home enabling them to be proactive before the fire becomes unmanageable.
Our next layer of protection is that all Lumkani detectors are networked through radio frequency (RF) technology. If the in-home device has not been silenced after 20 seconds, the device will send out a signal via RF, which triggers the alarms of neighbouring devices within a 60-meter radius. This transmission across the mesh network creates a community-wide alert to the danger and was developed in order to respond to the extreme population density of urban townships. Due to the density of households and the flammable materials with which homes are built, fires spread extremely rapidly – this is what displaces hundreds and even thousands of people in a single blaze. Together these networked devices form a mesh network of early warning protection. Lumkani is the first to market with this off-the-shelf, networked fire detector.
As a third layer of protection, Lumkani has integrated smart technology into its early warning system: using GSM (SIM card) and GPS technology. One of our centralized smart devices covers up to 100-200 homes within the mesh network. Our smart devices are constantly monitoring the health of the network and in the event of a fire, this device sends SMS messages to community leadership around the location of the fire as well as stores the GPS coordinates of the fire on our servers. This provides a warning to the mobiles of our end-users so that even if they are away from their community a potentially life-saving phone call can be made. In the near future we will integrate with disaster and emergency services, providing them, in real time, with the location of the fire without the need for a phone call from people on the scene. This enables disaster management to become more proactive to mitigate the loss of life and property caused by shack fires.
Currently there is insufficient fire data in South Africa, which our system is able to provide and will be valuable to government informing them how resources could be allocated and how to better tackle fire.