Whiz-kid Cal­lum cre­ates ad­vanced se­cu­rity sys­tem to keep his bed­room door locked

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Most teenagers scrawl ‘keep out’ on their bed­room door to de­ter par­ents and sib­lings — but one Dum­bar­ton whiz kid has used his com­put­ing ge­nius to pro­tect his den.

Cal­lum Inglis, 17, has built an ad­vanced se­cu­rity sys­tem which al­lows him to lock his door from any­where in the world.

And tress­passers be­ware as any­one seek­ing unau­tho­rised ac­cess will be foiled by an alarm - which alerts Cal­lum by email - and a cam­era that snaps a pic­ture of the cul­prit in the act.

Cal­lum has al­ready built up rep­u­ta­tion as a tech and cod­ing guru - with his teach­ers at Dum­bar­ton Academy turn­ing to him for tech­ni­cal sup­port.

He built his own server in his room, con­structed a drone and even put his skills to the test in the pro­fes­sional world build­ing web­sites and aps for or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Cal­lum, who lives in Miller Street with his par­ents Emily and Craw­ford and younger sib­lings Jen­nifer, 13, and Thomas 11, hopes to one day travel the world us­ing his skills.

He has his sights set on study­ing com­puter sci­ence at univer­sity, and says he still has a lot he wants to learn: “I re­ally en­joy teach­ing my­self and try­ing to fig­ure out how things work and I know there is still so much for me to learn which I am look­ing for­ward to.

“I like that I am treated like a pro­fes­sional and it has helped build my con­fi­dence as I am in con­tact with peo­ple and work­ing with them to help them set up their own web­sites. I would love to work as a free­lance one day and travel the world. That would be the dream or me.”

Cal­lum’s pas­sion for com­put­ing be­gan when he was just 10 years old af­ter re­ceiv­ing his first com­puter from Rasp­berry Pi – an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme which en­cour­ages young peo­ple to get in­volved with com­puter sci­ence.

He ex­plained: “From there I started just mak­ing a few ba­sic web­sites while I was still in pri­mary school. I had al­ways been in­ter­ested in com­put­ers but didn’t re­ally know how to do any­thing with it so this opened up a lot of doors for me.

“And once you know the ba­sics of com­puter lan­guages, it’s eas­ier to build your knowl­edge and Rasp­berry Pi sim­pli­fies the lan­guage and makes it eas­ier to learn.”

Cal­lum went on to build his own server in his bed­room dur­ing his sec­ond year of high school and later built a fly­ing drone us­ing the skills he taught him­self.

Now in S6, he is build­ing a pro­fes­sional port­fo­lio and has be­gun help­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses such as Vale of Leven Golf Club and Bellsmyre Dig­i­tal Club kick start their own web­site de­signed com­pletely by Cal­lum.

His skills were picked up on dur­ing a cod­ing work­shop with the Bellsmyre Dig­i­tal Club and re­sulted in Cal­lum be­ing asked to at­tend work ex­pe­ri­ence at award win­ning com­pany Screen Me­dia, where he even helped de­velop an app for the NHS.

He added: “I learned so much while I was there, it was a great op­por­tu­nity to see how the skills I have taught my­self can be used is the com­mer­cial world.”

With less than a year left at high school, the staff at Dum­bar­ton Academy say they will be sad to see Cal­lum go.

De­pute head teacher Gra­ham MacKay said: “I have been Cal­lum’s year head for three years and it has been fan­tas­tic get­ting to know him and watch ing his skills grow and de­velop.

“I’m sure he will go on to do great things and I know some of the teach­ers who turned to him for tech­ni­cal help will be sad to see him go.”

•To read more about Cal­lum’s work, visit his web­site on www. cal­lumin­glis.com

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