Elijah Mungurwe, an innovator in Laikipia, has created a remote power unit control device that switches on and off lights when one is away from home. According to him, theft cases in his neighboring villages were the main inspiration for this invention.
It was during the Christmas festivals and together with my family, we wanted to travel to the village. I was stressed since my family is young hence no one would be left behind to take care of our households. describes Mr. Mungurwe on how it all began.
His technology mostly curbs those who wait until there is no one at home to take advantage of that time to steal poultry, households, sheep among other things.
He says the design of the device was unpleasing and the wires were scary hence no one would be willing to install such a device in their house.
It was not until April 2021 that one of my brothers-in-law gave me the idea of commercializing the device. However, the many wires made it huge and unappealing. said Mungurwe.
The device has a working voltage of 220-240v and uses the alternating current(AC). It works well at a temperature of 20c-80c.
The internal sim card only receives SMS commands from one admin only for security purposes and helps in switching on and off security lights and internal lights using a simple SMS code from any type of phone. The device can switch on specified sockets within the house like a TV system, cooker unit, shower, and tank water pumping system to scare away a potential burglar.
When one is traveling it is possible to leave the lights on but it’s just a matter of time for the home breakers to realize since the lights will be on during the day and the power cost will go high. stated Mungurwe.
The county government of Laikipia through the innovation program has been walking a journey with innovators by helping them achieve their goals and protect their projects. Mr. Mungweru is in the process of joining the Laikipia Innovation and Enterprise Development Program.