Zizmos, a tech-based startup that is building a cost-effective cloud-connected seismic network providing earthquake early-warning and block-by-block risk predict, this week excitedly launched a Kickstarter campaign for their revolutionary earthquake detection system: the Earthquake Early Warning System.
Utilizing smart earthquake-sensing technology that could save millions of lives, the system is about to provide an early warning of on average 15-20 seconds for all users.
“Regarding earthquakes, every second matters,” said Battalgazi Yildirim,
Founder and CEO of Zizmos. “Having a 20-second head-start could be the difference between a severe injury or taking cover to protect oneself and one’s family.”
The system can provide up to a 60-second warning for users. Nearby sensors detect the earthquake precursor waves, communicating the information to the central server. When that server analyzes the sent information, it makes a decision whether the signal is an earthquake, or simply a local noise. If the system has determined that it is an earthquake signal, it searches for the earthquake epicenter. The Zizmos system keeps users updated during every step of the earthquake detection process.
“We rely on data from multiple sensors to analyze if rumblings are dangerous and worthy of an alert,” said Yildirim. “The more sensors, the faster and more reliable warning we can deliver uses. The more money pledged to the crowdfunding campaign, the more sensors we will be able to install in major urban areas.”
The Zizmos system is also able to monitor homes as the foundations settle into the Earth over time. Shrinking foundations can be a result of tree roots, sunlight and landscaping that transformed the soil around the home, plumbing leaks and moisture changes, and inadequate column support.
Dr. Yildirim founded Zizmos in 2014. He received his M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics in 2008, and Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University in 2012, specializing in numerical methods and high-performance and scientific computing. He has amassed a team of highly skilled and trained mathematics, programmers, engineers, and seismic experts for the development of the Zizmos Earthquake Early Warning System.
For more information, to learn how the system works, to back the crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more about safe earthquake protection practices, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yildirim/this-little-device-can-save-you-in-a-big-earthquak.