Emerging economies´ governments
are struggling in finding out ways to incorporate “informal
businesses” into their scheme.
Normally these governments take extreme
measures to solve these problems.
One example are street markets. These trade centers have been
crucial to social and economic growth in the developing world.
These kind of settlements carry problems
like people stealing electricity, local power cuts, tax evasion
and most important the death of people trying to peel the
cables in order to plug into the lines.
The answer is not to take them off the streets but to make
this activity safe, legal and prosperous with real solutions.
By introducing this system in busy trade
areas, you reduce gang controlled electricity; stop the risk
of electrocution accidents and make a fair competition with
local established businesses which pay taxes.
TUME was born as an option for these kind of problems.
It consists of two basic elements. A
portable device called TUME ACCESS and the charging base called
TUME ACCESS enables the user to obtain
electricity from the grid by acquiring credit. Credit can
be obtained through top-up scratch cards, mobile phone SMS
or credit cards in local shops. These tools let the user buy
credit even in remote areas and right away without any bureaucracy.
The TUME BASE is where all the TUME
ACCESS devices are plugged in order to get the service. They
can be installed on lamp posts, bus stops, dense traffic areas,
The concept is to make an electricity
grid accessible to people on the streets for their everyday
This system is not only limited to street vendors. Any person
can buy a TUME ACCESS device and use it to recharge their
mobile phones or laptops on the go or even plug a radio to
enhance local coexistence on neighborhoods.