Khusela's Smart Detector is Designed for Dense Slum Commmunities

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 3, 2014
References: khusela.org & springwise
This smart detector was designed specifically for slum communities. South African Startup Khusela caters to tightly-packed shack dwellings with the hopes of alerting neighbors in the event of a fire. The community-wide warnings are possible due to a device that looks like a standard fire detector. However, this product is specially designed for homes that do not use conventional ovens and will therefore not have the usual cooking threats traditional smoke alarms are intended to sound off on.

The smart detector does not actually identify smoke using electricity, but rather uses innovative sensor technology to detect heat. They can even tell the difference between standard cooking heat versus dangerous, quick-spreading fire. The aim to is to prevent devastating damage that could destroy entire communities.