Awareness to earthquake preparedness and early-warning solutions grew dramatically as the number of major earthquakes involving fatalities increased over recent years – Sumatra, Sichuan, Haiti, New Zealand, Japan, and Nepal. The demand for more interoperable, durable, and robust systems for industrial applications gave birth to a line of products called the “EQ-I” systems. These new systems are oriented to best serve the industrial/institutional market.
The EQ-I81, designed for industrial and institutional applications, comes with a rigid aluminum waterproof enclosure to ensure its durability even at extreme conditions. It features a built-in amplifier for connecting passive loud speakers with an option to record voice warning messages in any language as an alert signal for the coming earthquake. The system can also be used to operate other systems for example:
- Stop an elevator at the nearest floor and hold its doors open to allow the people inside to get to safety
- Stop or slow trains in order to avoid them falling off tracks
- Stop heavy machinery to prevent or reduce costly damage
- Initiate fast shutdown of computers to avoid losing important data
- stop production lines and hazardous material flow in pipelines
The EQ-I systems can be remotely monitored and controlled using a dedicated server. The server gathers and stores information from all connected systems to generate a real-time map and report with the status and condition of all individual systems. Each system stores vibration information on the server which can later be viewed and analyzed to help determine the severity of the earthquake at each site—this helps decision makers build a better disaster-recovery plan and can contribute to the effectiveness and efforts of the rescue mission.