Fortimus Smart Digital Accelerometer

Güralp, the leading global provider of force-feedback seismic monitoring instrumentation is launching Fortimus, a strong motion digital accelerometer, at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting this week in New Orleans, USA.

Fortimus for earthquake early warning (EEW) and structural health monitoring

The Fortimus combines the versatile Fortis sensor with the advanced data recording and software communication capability of the Minimus to deliver an advanced instrument that is compact, quick to install and simple to use.

At just 165 mm in diameter and just 84 mm high (with feet), the Fortimus boasts a host of smart features including:

  • A touch-screen 2.4 inch LCD for viewing waveforms, state of health, virtual instrument level and access to full instrument controls.
  • An ultra-low-latency mode for EEW
  • Industry standard triggering algorithms (STA/LTA)
  • Common Alert Protocol (CAP) enabled for automated emergency warning
  • 256 levels of variable gain to optimise performance for a wide range of shaking scenarios
  • Advanced network connectivity – full controls can be accessed on the instrument, via Güralp Discovery, our software platform, or via a standard web browser

The Fortimus is the latest development in the Güralp smart generation of instruments.

Philip Hill, Engineering Director at Güralp explains:

“Everyday we all play with incredibly clever technology on our phones, at home, at work, in the cloud – and we don’t think twice about it. Our aim is to utilise all the relevant technology that makes that possible and apply the best bits to our seismic instrumentation – to make it as easy as possible for our customers to get the best out of them”

For full details of the Fortimus and to view it in action, please visit Güralp at stand 1853.

Not attending AGU? You can find out more on the Fortimus web page here.


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pressenquiries@guralp.com

For urgent enquiries please call 020 3727 1000 and speak to Fergus Wheeler, Louisa Feltes or Jess Gill. 



 

 

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See the Fortimus datasheet for more information

 

 

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Güralp Systems Ltd.(www.guralp.com) is a leading global provider of sophisticated seismic monitoring solutions used to understand natural seismological events such as earthquakes, aftershocks and volcanos, as well as induced seismic events, or seismic signals, resulting from human activity.

Our solutions are used in research, civil and industrial applications to increase understanding, optimise processes and to protect people and the environment. Our equipment is installed in all major ocean basins and across all continents worldwide.

Our instruments range in performance from very low frequency, very low noise for global seismology to high dynamic range instruments for local, strong motion monitoring. Our sensors and can be supplied for deployment at the surface, in boreholes and on the ocean bottom. We also provide data acquisition equipment, power and communication accessories and data interpretation software.

Our services include installation and commissioning; network operation; repair and maintenance services; data processing and interpretation.

Headquartered in Reading, in the UK, we have been operating for more than 30 years and have established a global network of distributors who provide local customer support and sales services.

 

 

Minimus seismic digitiser: Increased functionality and a new eight channel version

Following the success of the Minimus launch in 2016, Güralp, the leading global provider of force-feedback seismic monitoring instrumentation, has extended its capabilities with a host of additional features and is launching an eight channel version for multi-instrument stations at the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting.

Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) and Structural Health monitoring capabilities

The Minimus met an enthusiastic response following its launch in 2016 and since then, significant energy has been invested in further developing the digitisers’ capabilities. New out of the box features include the incorporation of industry standard triggering algorithms for EEW (STA/LTA), multi-instrument voting to mitigate false positive alerts and the Minimus is now Common Alert Protocol (CAP) for automated emergency warning. These new features make the Minimus particularly attractive for EEW and structural health monitoring applications.

New Minimus+ with eight primary digitisation channels

For increased convenience for multi-instrument stations, Güralp are also releasing a larger capacity version, the Minimus+, which offers eight primary digitisation channels. The Minimus+ can accommodate two triaxial instruments (seismometers and/or accelerometers) plus a Radian posthole or borehole and two auxiliary inputs, e.g. for infrasound and/or meteorological feeds. The Minimus+ offers all the features associated with the four channel digitiser including:

  • Advanced software communications for quick and easy instrument and data management
  • Ultra-low-latency mode for EEW - when used with GDI protocol, transmission can be achieved in 40 ms
  • GüVü Bluetooth Android App for installation integrity checking (available for both Android and iOS devices)
  • Hot-swappable data storage and dual-redundant microSD cards
  • Select from GNSS (GPS, GLONASS or BeiDou) or PTP (Precision Time Protocol) timing sources

Philip Hill, Engineering Director at Güralp discusses the developements:

"A consequence of new mobile computing technology has enabled us to miniaturise the digitiser to make the world's most portable, high performance solution. When we launched the Minimus in 2016, it reflected a step change in terms of digitiser design and user experience and, with these latest developments and the launch of the eight channel Minimus+, we have been able to release even more of that potential.”

If you are attending AGU - come and see us on booth 1853 where you can see the Minimus+ up close. Alternatively you can read more on the Minimus page.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:

pressenquiries@guralp.com

For urgent enquiries please call 020 3727 1000 and speak to Fergus Wheeler, Louisa Feltes or Jess Gill. 

 

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 Find out more in the Minimus/Minimus+ datasheet

 

 

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NOTES:

Güralp Systems Ltd.(www.guralp.com) is a leading global provider of sophisticated seismic monitoring solutions used to understand natural seismological events such as earthquakes, aftershocks and volcanos, as well as induced seismic events, or seismic signals, resulting from human activity.

Our solutions are used in research, civil and industrial applications to increase understanding, optimise processes and to protect people and the environment. Our equipment is installed in all major ocean basins and across all continents worldwide.

Our instruments range in performance from very low frequency, very low noise for global seismology to high dynamic range instruments for local, strong motion monitoring. Our sensors and can be supplied for deployment at the surface, in boreholes and on the ocean bottom. We also provide data acquisition equipment, power and communication accessories and data interpretation software.

Our services include installation and commissioning; network operation; repair and maintenance services; data processing and interpretation.

Headquartered in Reading, in the UK, we have been operating for more than 30 years and have established a global network of distributors who provide local customer support and sales services.

 

 

Affinity front

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Güralp, the leading global provider of force feedback seismic monitoring instrumentation is launching a new low power, high fidelity, integrated digitiser and communications unit called Affinity; and Fortis, a strong motion accelerometer that has been designed to deliver ‘best in class’ performance.

 

Affinity

The Affinity’s key features include full 24-bit resolution; an exceptionally low noise floor of >138 dB at 100sps; and sampling rates of up to 4000 samples per second.

For the first time with Affinity, Güralp will allow users access to the software environment to customise data reading, writing and signal processing. By opening the source of internal data handling and processing software, users will be able to expand the versatility of the Affinity for applications such as earthquake early warning; data triggers over low bandwidth; and applications’ proprietary data transfer protocols.

Philip Hill, Engineering Director at Güralp explains:

“When we made the decision to open up aspects of the Affinity software we did so largely in response to customer demand. The Affinity is a high performance piece of kit well suited to complex network arrangements and is built on open source Linux. Extending this open concept to include our data handling and control interface software allows users to incorporate functionality traditionally only possible with external hardware and software.  The open source concept seems to be the ultimate way in which to respond to our customer's requirements.”

The Affinity also features a fast, fully interactive user interface with state of the art timing protocols and a switchable gain to enable a wide variety of different instruments, from the simplest of geophones, to infrasound sensors and, of course, seismometers.

 

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The Fortis is a low-power (1.3 Watt), slim-line design, just 125 mm in diameter and 99 mm high with its optional feet. The Fortis incorporates state of the art switched gain levels that will allow the instrument to perform optimally in a wide range of earthquake, structural health and civil engineering applications.

The unparalleled low noise of the instrument finally allows the gap between traditional strong motion instrumentation and the weak motion seismometer to be bridged. The instrument naturally benefits from both flat frequency response as well as controlled and flat phase response over the passband. This is a pre-requisite for accurate picking and stacking algorithms to function optimally.

For further details of both of these new products, AGU registrants can visit Güralp at stand 344.

If you are not attending AGU, you can view the product brochures online: Affinity brochure; Fortis Brochure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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