Tired of replacing expensive internet and telephone equipment destroyed by lightning strikes? South African tech company Jacstech is, so they created a unique product that automatically protects your connected devices when storm clouds gather.
The Jacstech Astraphobe DSL is a small box that attaches to your incoming internet and telephone connection. A smart device that really doesn’t like storms (astraphobia is the abnormal fear of lightning), it automatically detects lightning and disconnects the ADSL and telephone lines. When the storm moves away, the Astraphobe reconnects the line.
“Until now, homeowners in lightning-prone areas have had to learn the hard way that the only method of protecting equipment in a storm is to unplug it,” says Jorgen Nielsen, founder of Jacstech.
Features of the Astraphobe include:
- Award-winning automatic storm detection system identifies approaching weather at a distance of up to 40km
- Disconnects/reconnects ADSL line automatically
- Computer controlled with user-definable preferences
- Maintains activity logs
- Simple installation and configuration
- ICASA approved.
To enter, answer the following question: At what distance does the Astraphobe identify approaching weather?
SMS the word Astraphobe, followed by the answer, your name and e-mail address to 32697 (R1,50 per SMS; this service does not allow for 8ta numbers), or fill in the online form below. Competition closes 31 January 2015, and the winners will be drawn on 04 February 2015.
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