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Solar Security Lights

Our goal is to improve the sense of security for individuals and deter theft during the night with solar street lights in urban slums.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

We would like to improve the individual’s sense of security at night as well as deter crimes. We will use the sun’s energy during the day to charge a battery to power streetlights at night. Providing some light during the night would increase the difficulty to steal and go unseen. This would both deter thieves and give the community a comfort that the streets are safer at night.

WHO BENEFITS?

Our design will benefit the communities where the lights have been implemented. The lights will give the community a comfort about their safety and, in doing so, better their quality life. It can be implemented everywhere that government other support is found. It is important to have the lights be supported financially by either a city government or the local community because there will be necessary maintenance to replace the bulbs and the battery every so often.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Installing streetlights is in the interest of the local government and civil society because it will decrease night theft and crimes. As the climate changes, it may cause more people be distressed. When people are desperate, they will often act outside of their normal character. Streetlights, by discouraging those who are struggling from committing crimes to make ends meet, encourages them to find better ways to get what they need.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

We are a team of two senior mechanical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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