After the September earthquake last year, we developed a prototype earthquake warning system that could detect aftershocks to the west of Christchurch and send warning alerts before the earthquake reached the city.
In the tragic earthquake this February many buildings collapsed in the Central Business District, and there has been significant injury and loss of life. Hundreds of Search and Rescue personnel are now risking their own lives as they continue to enter or excavate damaged buildings in search of survivors. A system that can give them even a second of warning before the strike of an aftershock could be the difference between life and death.
Roam3 has now deployed sensors to the south of the city in order to give warnings about the aftershocks that are now coming from that direction. Our immediate goal is to provide as many Search and Rescue personnel as possible with earthquake warning devices, and to continue to deploy sensors and improve the speed and effectiveness of our system, in the hope that our system might prevent further injury and loss of life.
We have been working with the Civil Defence response at the highest level, alongside a number of other companies and Government organizations.