Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
SMART ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM (SECS)
Explain your idea in details:
The high costs of electricity and increased number of electrical disasters that claim nearly 1.5 billion US dollars of damages in households and public accommodations like university hostels, local vendor kiosks and homes over the years inspired the development of this project. Over 1,099 fire emergencies were reported in 2017 (an average of 91 fires per month) and the major causes were electrical malfunctions and mishandling of heat generating items like charcoal stoves and candles. The main objective of this project is to reduce electricity wastage in homes and businesses spaces and prevent/eliminate electricity fatalities such as death by electrocution, fires caused by short circuiting and worn-out or old equipment that lead to overheating of the plugs. We developed an Internet of Things (IoT) system named the SMART ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM (SECS) that is designed to significantly reduce electricity bills by up to 25%, and offer electrical protection using high precision faulty detection sensors inbuilt into the system. The proposed system consists of multiple units connected on a wireless sensor network. These units include the intelligent wall socket/plug (IWS), wireless controlled light switch (CLS) and the master control unit that unites the other units to a common network. The system unit collects activity data from the IWS and CLS, analyze the data using advanced algorithms to represent the information in a more meaningful and simple to understand representation for the user, which aids their decision making like how much they should budget for their next electricity bills, what electrical equipment can they purchase based on the energy consumption.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Research focused on understanding how best to reduce electricity consumption and electrical disasters was carried out over a period of about 12 months in both private and public accommodation spaces in Uganda. Our findings led to the SECS as a possible solution. Our end goal of this project is to help citizens efficiently utilize electricity in a manner that will reduce their utility bills and reduce the carbon foot print in countries that use air polluting methods like burning coal to generate electricity. By efficiently utilizing electricity as a resource, less electricity is put to waste and as a result requires less electricity to be generated leading to less coal to burn. To add, electrical catastrophe reduction will be evaluated by the number of structures/buildings that have the system installed and have survived the repercussion of electrical malfunctions as a result of system's protection features.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We are a team of two Co-Founders, Iyamulemye Bruno Alvin and Kamugisha Brian. We have personally financed this project from the start, that is, research, development and testing the hardware and software components of the system, and are in the process of manufacturing the first field testing units. We intend to make the product very affordable to an average citizen and as easy as possible to be installed in a normal traditional house which gives SECS a significant advantage to break through the market easily and fast. We are currently in touch with an industry leading manufacturing company in China, BaySource Global A world of Opportunity. Website: https://baysourceglobal.com. BaySource is a United States Company based in Tampa (U.S) and Shanghai China that majors in Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM), Distribution and component Sourcing. BaySource was the best option for us as they offer the lowest costs of production and turnkey manufacturing while maintaining a high level of quality and transparency. We intend to sell the products directly to our clients through online shopping platforms like Jumia and also through local market vendors. This makes accessibility of the product easy and affordable with less middle men in the supply chain. We intend to build a variety of models of this system in the future plans that will blend into other major industries in Africa, such as Agriculture and Security industries. In both industries, automation can bring value and benefits that can solve many of the existing problems in those industries.
Am Iyamulemye Bruno Alvin, am 24yrs of age and was born and raised in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda in East Africa. I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Science of Computer Science at Uganda Christian University UCU Main Campus Mukono. I later pursued a training program in Applied ICT and leadership skills in business. This opened my mind to various problems in our community that can be solved with the simplest of solutions, especially with the technology approach. I am certified in SCRUM and agile methodologies of project management and development. I have forever loved hardware development and embedded systems which has driven me to solve most of my problems that can not easily be solved using software or mobile applications. I have worked on different project before which include media unit/center device that is supposed to manage home entertainment, a voice controlled home automation system, agricultural Greenhouse automation system that is monitored on a desktop computer software and a dairy farming co-operatives system (App/project Name: EMATA) that monitors dairy co-operative performance in the different regions of Uganda. I have also worked and Interned as an IT specialist in the central bank of the republic of Uganda, Bank of Uganda, Jos Hansen Uganda and Computer Point ltd Uganda.