University of Malawi graduates develop mobile security software

A mobile security system that alerts the user with a text message whenever there is an intruder or fire at their home has been developed by Prince Muta and Isaac Washa, two graduates from the Polytechnic, a constituent in the University of Malawi (Unima).mobile system

Muta who is also a correspondent of Nyasa Times is a graduates of journalism and Washa is a graduate of electrical engineer.

The two decided to develop the software after being touched by the incidences of fire accidents and house breakings in the country.

According to Muta, once the system has been installed, phone numbers of the owners of the house are registered into the system.

He said the system uses the numbers “to send them the alert once there is fire or an intruder at their house.”

The system works on every type of phone, whether smart-phone or the basic phone and the owner of a house with the system can receive alerts anywhere they go in the country as it is not barred by distance, according to Muta.

“The user can receive alerts anywhere they are, so long there is a proper network on their phone, for instance, if they have a house in Blantyre and they have gone to Rumphi, the system indicates the exact location of disturbance in their house,” he said.

The system has been developed with a backup of batteries in order to make it usable in times of electricity problems.

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33 thoughts on “University of Malawi graduates develop mobile security software”

  1. dis z just a repetition of technology which z out there…….. so if you alert fire or police department, so wat? wat u have reprecated has no supporting plan…..its just like putting a fridge in remote and helpless area wit no electricity……. mzuzu library bunt to ashes wit fire department just 5 kilometres from fire offices……….mpeeeeee wit yo human shit

  2. Jacob Saikolo says:

    Eeee Thats Great Guys,uku Ndko Timat Kubwera.We Hav To Be Distinguished Graduates Caz Tinangozorowera Kuphaya Moloweza Posatengera Application.Malaw Has To Be Recognized As An Innovative Country..Keep It Up.

  3. Jak says:

    Thumb up Guys! Good Job! Pliz Commentators, Let us recommed these young stars for this; The fact that some came up with a similar thing does not permit us that we should stop thinking! After O Palibetu chomwe tingapange chatsopano!

  4. Mtondoli Jonazi says:

    A Malawi tsopano!! Some comments seem totally out of sync with what (technological) innovation is all about. It is not always about thinking outside the box!!!

    Anthuni, it is not about creating a new product (in the event that one already exists), it is sometimes actually about improving on the existing one. An attitude like this will not take us anywhere. Imagine if, for example, the electric bulb stayed in it’s original form since Thomas Edison, that would have meant no new energy-saving bulbs or ma bulb atsopanowa would have been produced. We learn from other peoples’ ideas and sometimes improve on them.

    I for example, am a software developer, and we have a saying in our domain: DO NOT RE-INVENT THE WHEEL (well, unless you need to). It simply means 3 out of 4 times when we are trying to do something, chances are that some way of doing that may already exist (usually in the form of what we call libraries or dynamic link libraries [dlls in short]). Long story short – we usually re-use ideas that some people may already have put in place, albeit with minor adjustments sometimes to suit our needs.

    Let us encourage such type of innovation because it is what inspires people to think more and do more. Osati zonyozanazi and putting each other down.

    Keep it up guys. We need people like you to take Malawi patsogolo.

  5. mache Joy says:

    keep it up guys pitilizani afiti omwe akuti palibe chomwe mwachitawa akuziwa sazatibelanso nde mwati even mose walero foni can do??? zikangokhazikika ndipanga register……mukatha mupangenso changati CCTV tiziona zomwe amuna athu amapanga akasala pakhomo tikapita ku church

  6. X says:

    The positive news here is that young people are thinking. Yes, the invention may exist already, but I am pretty sure it can be improved. As many have said plagiarism is no small thing. Finding out what has been researched and created before you is not only the right thing to do, but it also saves you valuable time.

    I would encourage these young men to do patent searches online for similar products. Find out how these products have faired in the market or where the gaps lie and make improvements where necessary. The innovation process is not once off. It is iterative. There is constant room for improvement. You (young inventors) have started off well. Now finish strongly.

    As an aside, don’t seek government help. There are many well-to-do Malawian entrepreneurs with integrity and experience in the innovation process that will be willing to mentor, advise, and maybe even provide funding. Government should not be looked at for everything.

    Keep at it! I look forward to hearing about your progress!

    P.s. An invention does not need to solve all of the world’s ills, like some have ‘advised’ here. Some of the best innovations have simply made people’s lives easier. So if you think that the country needs other means of accessing medication, then go ahead and put in the work! Don’t distract these young minds!

  7. LOGIN says:

    Welcome boys this is nice, we are keenly watching you do more please

  8. sain it like it is says:

    how stupid are we?why wud graduates spend so much time trying to reinvent the wheel…this thing already exist…whats the difference wth the one made here?learn to be creative..out of the box thinking..not this…go back to school

  9. nilibepulobulemu says:

    job well done guys ….am rilly impressed …..

  10. Palibekanthu says:

    A huge breakthrough in security arena. I plead with the Malawi government to harness these brilliant minds.

  11. Kunta says:

    At least something positive from nyasaland

  12. Good Citizen says:

    Nothing new Guyz

    It’s just a modification of fire detectors and motion detector cameras.. When they detect smoke… They set an alarm to responsible personal through sound…

  13. Pakaya says:

    What one does not know, does not exist. Use the opportunity wisely.

  14. Mtsikana sachepa. says:

    @1 don’t you think you can call a neighbor or someone else to intervene after recite alert message even if you are far away. By the way, like others have pointed out we should learn to acknowledge those who did similar work before. To invent is different from to modify. Plagiarism is a serious case in academic circles

  15. czwe says:

    this is just arduino and few codes people……maiko achizungu,ana ambiri akusewela ndi zimenezo…sizachilendo.

  16. Jc says:

    Bravo guyz. Let it be said though that this is not new invention – it is -5years old. Such technology is already in use in the south african security industry, and it has been hacked – since it uses simcard to send messages – thieves have used network barring devices to circumvert the system. Any way, good try guyz.

  17. Jameela Kabudula says:

    Congratulations – Malawi can develop if its youth can be taken seriously.

  18. Joseph Samson says:

    Thats the only intellectualism malawi needs at this time. You are among malawians intligentias guys, am really proud of you keep it up,.

  19. Zanga Phee! says:

    Good job guys don’t show Chinese they will robe you.Is mr President aware of that development?see my name.

  20. Sapitwa says:

    That’s good but it is not a new innovation as it still exist already. Security systems for homes and cars are using cellphones for alerts and are already on the market.

  21. Eye Witness says:

    This is what we want. Brilliant minds. Not the empty head of my president.

  22. Janjaweed says:

    Big up Muta and Isacc, tha is innovation at its best.

  23. MHELIWA says:

    Wana mwayetsetsa
    Big up !
    Sanje sichamuna !!

  24. Wanzeru Wa Ku MMawa says:

    I think mediocrity ikuchuluka ku malawi. another example is wina who blew a trumpet kuti wapanga accounting system which wasnt his. These things were done decades ago and we just get what someone else has done, rebrand, and we call innovation? SO FULL OF ATTENTION SEEKERS….empty tins make a lot off noise

  25. redeemed says:

    Though the South African students from major universities are a quest for free tertiary education and the current government seems likely to take heed, as soon as I conceive, it’s a norm for me to open an education plan policy to alleviate future financial strain that deter a substantial number of youth from pursuing their career choices.
    My ultimate dream is to afford all my sons limitless opportunity of studying any course of their choice without having money problems as a deterrent factor, how ever my wish is for either of of them to either be part of the team or be the one to discover cure for the HIV virus. I know it’s unrealistic expectation but possible.

  26. Justice Mtande says:

    I am happy to see that Malawians are up to date in the field of electronics.My advise to all innovative minds is that,if there is something that is out there already and you have built it here,please acknowledge that it is already there and you have improved or modified it to suit the Malawian sitiation may be interms of price but going out claiming other pples invention will land us in trouble one day.I have seen this with the issue of Nsima Cooker in Malawi,nowadays everyone is claiming i have designed Nsima Cooker,Nsima Cooker as if it is the first of its kind,go to the Polytechnic and see when this project started,i read of this project from somebody who did it in 1990s and i did it in 2007 to improve some features but in Zimbabwe the project started in 1980s and they even have a cooking code for Nsima called Sadza code in Zimbabwe.We shd learn to acknowledge the inputs of other pple in our work and mention how we have improved our version to better lives other than claiming glory on other pples work.

  27. Jamison Chagwa Lungu says:

    Ok so it’s not an invention but an innovation based on China’s “copy and paste” approach. Why can’t haters develop their own techs instead of debating who copied from where and when? Our country will never develop if people cannot be encouraged to “copy and paste” technologies. I only wish it was a productive technology, us in the rural areas do not have smartphones and certainly won’t eat security. Can someone please Copy and Paste good food? El Niño is hitting us hard this year, so please ma rubbish business peddlers, stay away from government coffers.

  28. really says:

    we even see this in movies. this is not new and its called plagiarism. meaning stealing other people’s ideas and presenting them as if you have been innovative and you are the first

  29. Dumisani Madoda says:

    We need medicine that can make black ladies to grow long hair because they are not proud
    with what God gave them though each Sunday
    they praise him.One day I was ashamed in bus
    full of white people this young lady from
    Africa was scratching her itchy scalp then 2 of her artificial hair come off the head.I could hear some women behind me whispering
    that’s Ebola.

  30. Dumisani Madoda says:

    We always develop things that are already in use in developed countries.Our genius boys and girls try to invent something that doesn’t exist in the world for example medicine that you can make you to have new teeth at 70 or 80

  31. INEYO says:

    nyasatimes your wrong, Prince Muta never built that. It was done by Paul Beyadi and Isaak Washa. Musanaize anthu because Muta ndiwogwira ntchito zanu. am the one who modelled that system. Shame on u

  32. Lalika says:

    That is not original chubb security or ADT security are have been using such for more then 10yrs nows. For the past 5yrs u can include cameras so u c what is happening either on phone or any gadget. Google that and u will c its all there.

  33. ophiri says:

    tsono ine ndili ku rumphi, akuba akundibela ku blantyre, ndapangapo chani pamenepo?

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