UCT’s Khusela Needs Your Vote!

2 Sep 2014 - 14:15

UCT’s Khusela need your vote to win the 2014 GIST initiative Tech-I competition! Watch Khusela’s video and vote here.

UCT's team, Khusela, an initiative directed at deploying fire detectors in informal dwellings and settlements have been nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2014 GIST initiative Tech-I competition.

Aspiring innovators were urged to compete by writing an executive summary and creating a short promotional video of their idea, start-up or product, where the winning reward would be a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Morocco to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), grants of up to $15,000 USD, mentorship and intensive training opportunities.

The device was designed for township environments in South Africa and across the globe. In South Africa alone shack fires account for more than a quarter of all fires with 240 000 people displaced and over 70 000 shacks destroyed between years 2000 and 2010.

Khusela aims to make a measureable social impact by mitigating the loss of life and property caused by shack fires with an integrated, low cost, early warning fire detection device and system that leverages off mobile network platforms. Clients can easily register their devices using their cell phones, a process which links the device location to a server. The device works in network and when triggered, will sound off an audible alarm in the dwelling and trigger the networked alarms simultaneously. Anyone with a Khusela device in their home may send a free SMS to the server which is instantly relayed to the nearest fire department.

GIST Technology-Idea (Tech-I) is an exciting competition implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a United States based not-for-profit organisation. The mantra of AAAS is to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.