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A company which has developed an electronics gadget to monitor the temperature of electronic devices, such as phone chargers, has won the Most Innovative Product Award from Enterprise Ireland (EI) at the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme Showcase & Awards on Tuesday, April 25th. Firemole Limited was selected for the 6 month intensive entrepreneurship incubator based in the Rubicon Centre, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).
Firemole’s founder, Seán Ó Tuama who is a qualified electrician, saw first-hand many homes and buildings destroyed by electrical fires. “There has been a 35% increase in residential fires caused by electrical faults and children have on average ten electronic devices in their bedroom, including phone chargers and tablets,” according to Seán “With increased use of electronic and electrical devices in the home over the last number of years, there has not been a similar growth in safety devices to protect families and their homes from faulty, ageing or counterfeit equipment.”
Firemole is an electronics gadget with a difference, it can be attached to any electronic device and sounds an in-built alarm if a dangerous temperature is detected (over 54°C).
“Fires caused by electronic devices over-heating, in particular phone chargers, are becoming more common in the news and media,” Seán says. “For parents, it is a real worry if their children have a number of electronic devices in their rooms. That’s why we set the alarm at 54°C, which is the temperature at which skin can be damaged.”
The product is for the most part manufactured in Ireland (Ballincollig, Cork) and keeping Firemole’s production in Ireland is important to the company.
The company have had a number of achievements to date. They’ve received €15,000 in funding from Cork City Local Enterprise Office and a €5,000 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher which they will be using with the Nimbus Centre in CIT for further research and development. The company has been earmarked by Enterprise Ireland for its High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) portfolio and is currently raising funding. After starting development only nine months ago, the start-up is aiming to launch in Ireland and the UK in July 2017.