26 Nov '15, 5pm

Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

Another feature making the Lumkani unique is the cellular and radio network built into the alarm. Because these slums aren’t planned communities, houses are built by hand out of whatever materials are available, and often, those materials are highly flammable. Fires can easily spread from house to house, devastating entire communities before an emergency response can be mobilized. The Lumkani alerts neighbors within a 60-meter radius to the location of the fire both through an audio alarm and SMS messages, so the community can respond quickly.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/low-tech-alarm-protects-south-africa...

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