Lumkani, an internet of fire detection system for informal settlements. An IEEE Community event.

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Speaker: Samuel Ginsberg
Topic: Lumkani, an internet of fire detection system for informal settlements

Lumkani is a massive IoT project aimed at reducing loss of life, injury, suffering and loss of property caused by fires in informal settlements. 11% of South Africans live in shacks and shack fires are a top-ten cause of child deaths in the age range between 1 and 9 years old. Lumkani is building a massive network of networks of fire detectors in order to alleviate this problem. This talk will expose the technology and challenges of building such a system.

www.lumkani.com



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  • 66-68 Albert Road
  • Woodstock
  • Cape Town, Western Cape
  • South Africa 7925
  • Building: Bandwidth Barn, Block B, 3rd Floor Woodstock Exchange

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Samuel Ginsberg

Samuel Ginsberg of UCT, Lumkani

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Lumkani, an internet of fire detection system for informal settlements

Lumkani is a massive IoT project aimed at reducing loss of life, injury, suffering and loss of property caused by fires in informal settlements. 11% of South Africans live in shacks and shack fires are a top-ten cause of child deaths in the age range between 1 and 9 years old. Lumkani is building a massive network of networks of fire detectors in order to alleviate this problem. This talk will expose the technology and challenges of building such a system.

Biography:

Samuel Ginsberg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He graduated in 1999 with the degree BSc (Elec Eng) and in 2001 in with an MSc (eng). Since 2002 he has lectured courses in CAD, electronic design, computer architecture, sensors and actuators and supervised around 100 undergraduate theses and around 10 MSc theses. Samuel's passion is for designing products to serve people and he has designed devices from GSM least-cost routers, public telephone boxes, data acquisition systems, device programmers and development boards, advertising systems, vending machine  components, automated puppet shows, research and industrial instrumentation and telemetry, automotive systems, sports training aids, access control systems and, most recently the Lumkani shack fire detection system.