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A Science Problem

The QuakeGuardOur earthquake warning product capable of initiating alerts and protective actions for every earthquake, even at the epicenter.TM earthquake warning system is designed to save lives and money. This is a science problem. It requires designing algorithms that produce exactly the information that you need to take effective action. It requires producing that information as fast as possible.


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An Engineering Problem

It is an engineering problem. It requires careful design of communications so the warning is transmitted as fast as possible. It requires continuous monitoring to ensure all components of the system are working, from the sensors in the ground to the user's automated systems.


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A Human Factors Problem

It is a human factors problem. It requires thinking of solutions in advance. It requires drilling and training on an ongoing basis. It requires rock-solid performance to build trust in the system.


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Specific, Prompt and Reliable

If you get an earthquake warning, the best reaction is often to drop, cover and hold on. But there are other ways to apply earthquake warnings.

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Some applications are automated. These might be to open doors, take protective actions at a datacenter, or stop some industrial process.

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Other applications may require human intervention, like stopping a surgery or securing hazardous conditions. In each case, the earthquake warning has to be tailored to the specific application to be effective.

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More time to act means a more effective warning. By working to ensure that everyone, even those right at the epicenter, receives a warning, the QuakeGuardOur earthquake warning product capable of initiating alerts and protective actions for every earthquake, even at the epicenter. earthquake warning system provides precious extra seconds to everyone.


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Trust

If you are going to put your most valuable industrial processes in the hands of an automated control system, you need absolute trust that the system will not fail. From sophisticated algorithms that virtually eliminate false alarmsWhen a protective action is taken even though the required conditions, such as shaking intensity, did not occur., to secure communication channels that protect against hacking, to continuous end-to-end system testing and a dedicated service program that ensures the system is always operational, you can be sure that systems integrated with QuakeGuardOur earthquake warning product capable of initiating alerts and protective actions for every earthquake, even at the epicenter. earthquake warnings will work, and work right, every time.


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There's No App for That

Because they must be specific, prompt, and reliable, cell phone apps are absolutely the wrong medium for delivering effective earthquake warnings. An app can't tell you the correct action where you are; cell networks are too slow; and broadcast warnings only reach about 30% of users today.


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QuakeGuard Appliances

All QuakeGuardOur earthquake warning product capable of initiating alerts and protective actions for every earthquake, even at the epicenter. earthquake warnings are received by dedicated hardware appliances, which are designed to control automated systems through a variety of interfaces, and can be programmed for the user's specific application and location. The QuakeGuardOur earthquake warning product capable of initiating alerts and protective actions for every earthquake, even at the epicenter. appliances use rapid communications technology and message authentication to ensure that you get the message on time, and that you can trust it with your most valuable equipment and assets.