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UIT students come up with security solution for expensive guards

Karachi, April 7, 2008: A group of final-year students of the Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) has devised an electronic system to provide home security titled "Microprocessor Based Advanced Home Security System."

It was a thesis assignment given to all students and had to be accomplished either using innovative ideas or by modifying commercially available devices. Group leader Haroon David said that the project is based on a centralization feature and shows an effective performance in any environment. Intercoms and other security projects may operate effectively but they would not be centralized with each other. However, this project has the unique combination of security integrated with the intercom system.

Farah Aziz said that the project was devised keeping in mind the difficulties of the human security guard. Through this system, the security guard could monitor a large number of houses via TV screens. The system is equipped with heat, smoke and fire sensors and a built-in camera. The built-in camera provides motion and movement sensing around the house, providing cover against threats of robbery and the heat and fire sensors would allow the security guard to monitor fires.

Demand for home security systems has increased due to the deteriorating law and order situation and the rate of street crimes is high in every nook and corner of the city. People have hired the services of private security guards but not everyone can afford them. Electronic security instruments are cheaper as they require a one-time investment and are self-operated due to built-in computerized programming. After the initial investment of setting the system up, the costs of security guards can be shared amongst communities and neighbourhoods as a whole.

The system aims to enable the ultimate stakeholder the home-owner - with optimum feasibility. The system provides uniform safety through single-unit connections for a large number of locations, whether houses or other places. It enables users to observe the entire area through a graphic interface and can be used with any intercom applications commercially available.

The group members include Haroon David (group leader), Farah Aziz, M Ayaz Malik, and Faisal Khan. The thesis is being supervised by UIT Associate Prof. Idris Mala, who is associated with the telecommunications program.

Director Academic Administration Prof. Zubair Bin Umar Siddiqui said that UIT students contribute to society at the national level and this is possible if only they are given proper incentives. The students' activities are monitored and all efforts have been made to keep them away from politics during their studies. UIT does not allow more than 50 students in a class to ensure that each student gets enough attention and this has played a positive role in shaping the future of the students and the nation. Daily Times
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