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MAN-FOR-0002 - Güralp Fortimus - Technical Manual

Chapter 7. System configuration

Advanced system configuration control and configuration tools are available by selecting an instrument in Discovery, right-clicking its entry and selecting “View Web Page”. Alternatively, the web interface can be viewed by navigating to the LAN address of the instrument from any common web browser.

Note: Some changes in the settings require a system reboot to be applied. This is notified on the top right of the Fortimus web page with the message Reboot Required . It is suggested to perform all the modifications and reboot the Fortimus when the configuration is completed clicking on any of the buttons.

7.1 Web Page login

The web interface can be protected by username and password. There are two levels of access to the web page: normal user and administrator.

If the login is required, the web interface will initially show a status display only.

Clicking on “Login” opens allows to type in the user-name and password to access the content of the web page.

Logging in with normal user account unlocks only basics configuration and control features in order to prevent any advanced settings to be modified. The default user-name for normal user login is user and password of user.

Logging in with the administrator account unlocks all the configuration and control features available in the Fortimus web page. The default user-name for administrator user login is admin and password of admin.

Once logged in, the “Web Login” drop-down menu in the Network tab allows to disable the request of login every time the web page is accessed. The user-name and password for both normal user and administrator login are configurable in the “Network” tab.

7.2 System status

The “Status” tab of the web browser interface provides state-of-health information about the Fortimus. These parameters are described as follows:

7.3 Station meta-data

Discovery provides a number of flexible station meta-data inputs. These are accessible from the “Setup” tab of the instrument’s web page.

Label” and “Site Name are used in Discovery only and appears in the list of instruments in the main window.

Station Name, Network Code are all standard meta-data header values used by the miniSEED file format, which will be included in locally-stored miniSEED files (see Section 7.9).

7.4 Network configuration

7.4.1 I.P. address and gateway

By default, the Fortimus uses DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to acquire its network configuration but static addressing can be used if required.

To configure static addressing, visit the “Network” tab of the instrument’s web page and, under “DHCP”, change the mode from “Enabled” to “Disabled” in the drop-down menu. In this mode, it is possible to specify the I.P. address, the Net Mask and the address of the Gateway (default router), as shown:

Before any changes made here will take effect, the Fortimus must be re-booted. To do this, click the button on the “Data Record” tab.

Note: By default, the static I.P. address assigned to each Fortimus is unique and derived from the specific serial number of the device. These addresses are in the default network for link-local (APIPA) addresses: (in CIDR notation).

The first two bytes of the address, therefore, are always 169.254. The third byte is the equal to the last two characters of the serial number interpreted as a hexadecimal number and then converted into base 10. The forth byte is the equal to the next-to-last two digits of the serial number, also converted from hexadecimal into base 10.

For example, if the serial number of the Fortimus is FMUS-C555, the preassigned Static I.P. address will be, where

Network settings are also available in Discovery by right-clicking on the Fortimus' entry in Discovery's main window and selecting “Edit Network Address”.

7.4.2 NTP (Network Timing Protocol) configuration

Note: Network Timing Protocol (NTP) is only used for setting the system's internal clock at boot-up, it is not used for sample timing. See Section 7.12 on page 72 for details about synchronising the sample clock.

However: if neither GNSS nor PTP are available but NTP is locked and the sample clock's time is more than five seconds different from NTP's time, the sample clock will be adjusted (in a step-change) to NTP time.

By default, the NTP server option under the “Setup” tab of the instrument’s web page is set to “Pool” which uses the virtual server pool This accesses a dynamic collection of networked computers that voluntarily provide moderately accurate time via the NTP to clients worldwide.

Alternatively, it is possible to specify the I.P. address of your preferred NTP server. To do this, select the “Static” option from the “NTP server” drop-down menu, which activates the “NTP IP Addr” setting, and enter the I.P. address of your NTP server here.

7.5 WiFi

The Fortimus can act as a WiFi client, connecting to an existing WiFi network. Both open and secure (WEP, WPA and WPA2) networks are supported.

Note: The Fortimus does not function as WiFi access point (AP) so it is not possible to connect a WiFi-enabled laptop, for example, directly to the unit. A separate WiFi AP is required in this case so that both laptop and Fortimus can connect to the same network.

The WiFi connection is configured and monitored from the “Network” tab of the Fortimus web page:

7.5.1 Connecting to a WiFi network

Visit the “Network” tab of the Fortimus web page and ensure that:

Use the "Access Points" drop-down menu to select the desired network and enter the password or passphrase in the "Password" text field, if required.

Click the button to connect to the network.

Note: A Fortimus connect to a WiFi network automatically appears in Discovery's “Scan Locally” section only when (a) the computer running Discovery is connected to the same WiFi network and (b) the Fortimus’ Ethernet is disconnected or disabled.

7.5.2 WiFi connection status

The status of the WiFi connection is displayed at the top left of the WiFi section of the Network tab of the web page:

The possible values for the status are:

Once a successful connection is established, tick the “Auto Connect” check-box so that the Fortimus will attempt to reconnect to the same network whenever possible. The name of the selected network appears in the “Requested AP” box.

7.5.3 Changing WiFi networks

A different network can be selected from the "Access Points" drop-down menu – and the new password entered – while the Fortimus is still connected to a network. The instrument will not connect to the new network until the button is clicked.

7.6 GDI push (auto-connection)

A Fortimus normally acts as a GDI server, where a client initiates a connection in order to pull data from it. This is the mechanism used when the GDI viewer in Discovery is launched.

The "GDI auto-connection" feature enables the Fortimus to establish outgoing network connections in order to push data to one or more remote clients, such as Platinum systems or an Earthworm system running the gdi2ew plug-in.

To configure an auto-connection, type either the I.P. address or the host-name of the target client, a colon (':') and the port number (e.g. or, into any of the connection fields in the “Network” tab of the web page.

When auto-connection from a Fortimus to a host is configured, the Fortimus will attempt to open a connection to the host. If it fails, it will re-try every 60 seconds. A suitably configured host will accept the connection and the Fortimus will then negotiate a link and start streaming data.

If the connection drops, the Fortimus will attempt every 60 seconds to reconnect.

Note: The default port number for a GDI-link receiver is 1566. Push servers will normally connect to this port. The default port number for a GDI-link transmitter is 1565. Receivers wishing to pull data will normally connect to this port. See Chapter 11 for a list of the network ports used by the Fortimus.

7.7 QSCD

The Fortimus can push data in QSCD format (Quick Seismic Characteristic Data) to one or more clients, using outgoing network connections.

To configure a connection, locate the QSCD section of the Network tab of the web page, as shown below. Type either the I.P. address or the host-name of the target client into any of the “Server” fields. This will push data using UDP port 9908, which is the default. If you wish to use a different port number, add a colon (':') and the port number to the end of the specification. For example, or

The Fortimus does not automatically send all data when using the QSCD protocol. Channels to be transmitted must be selected (in Z/N/E triplets) and each channel passed through a QSCD transform. See Section 7.16.12 for details on how to configure this transform.

7.8 Controlling the LCD from the web interface

In the “Setup” tab of the Fortimus web page, the user can remotely control the LCD display settings.

Locking and unlocking of the “settings” and “maintenance” features can be selected using the drop-down menu named “Display settings”:

The display brightness is adjustable using the drop-down menu named “Display brightness”:

The display can be set to switch off after a selectable period of time while it is untouched. When the display is off, it can be switched back on by touching it for a couple of seconds.

The LCD is, by default, oriented with the top of the screen pointing North (relative to the instrument). The orientation can be flipped by 180 degrees if required or it can be set to "automatic". When the auto-flip is enabled the orientation changes according to the MEMS output.

For security reasons, the LCD's touch sensor can be disabled using the option “Touch sense”. Once disabled, touching the screen has no effect and no commands can be issued via the LCD.

To restore normal operation, set "Touch sense" to "Enable" from the Fortimus web page.

Note: "Touch sense" can be re-enabled only from the web interface. It is not possible to re-enable it using the LCD screen.

7.9 Data storage

The main panel of the "Data Record" tab in the web interface is shown here:

This page allows to configure the recording channels available in the Fortimus.

The names and contents of each file are described in Section 10.

Note: When changing a setting in the Fortimus web page, ensure that you wait until the page refreshes before changing another setting. This allows time for the previous change to take effect.

The drop-down box at the top-left of the page named “Display Streams” filters out visible channels among All, Enabled and Disabled. The option “Apply configuration for tap groups” automatically apply the same configuration to three streams that belong to the same tap, e.g. S0SeisZA, S0SeisNA, S0SeisEA.

The page is divided in four columns:

Upon changing the sample rate, enabling a transform or changing Location and Channels codes, the Fortimus will need to be restarted for the changes to come into effect; this can be done by pressing the button.

During the reboot, the LEDs will flash, displaying the starting-up sequence (see Section 3.1.2) and the instrument web page will display the following screen.

Once the Fortimus has successfully restarted, the full web browser display and controls will be available for use again.

7.10 Storage

7.10.1 Recording status

MicroSD cards need to be specifically formatted to operate with the Fortimus. The cards shipped with the Fortimus and with Radian systems are supplied pre-formatted.

Data are stored on the microSD cards in miniSEED format. Each channel is saved as a series of 128 MiB files. Instrument and station meta-data (e.g. instrument response, coordinates, compression type etc.) are stored in "Dataless SEED" format.

The MicroSD card and data recording status can be monitored in the upper panel of the “Storage” tab.

The left-hand column provides details of the external (primary, removable) microSD card and the right-hand column shows the status of the internal (backup, fixed) card.

Sections of this panel indicate the status of the following:

Note: If the recording status of the cards is marked NOT RECORDING, clicking on or may solve the issue. Note that the quick format simply moves the write-pointer to the beginning of the recording space, hence overwriting any existing data. The full format, in contrast, erases all the existing data (and can take several hours).

7.10.2 MicroSD card re-formatting

The card re-formatting process fills the card with 128 MiB files containing zeroes. Each file is given a temporary, place-holder name. When data are written, these files are renamed and then over-written with data.

There are two methods for card reformatting: “Quick format” and “Full format”. The quick format mode should be used for pre-deployment tests (e.g. stomp/huddle tests) to ensure that the instruments are operating properly. This mode simply marks the existing files as empty without deleting their contents. Full formatting should be used prior to a long-term deployment to ensure that all headers are included and files are fully clean before writing.

The formatting process formats both fixed and removable cards, sequentially.

Note: A series of tests separated only by quick formats can leave some files with residual data in them. This is not normally a problem because a deployment will typically create data-sets longer than any test, over-writing any data remaining from the tests. The miniSEED extractor utility described in Section can be used to remove the residual data if they cause any problems. Quick format

Ensure that the external microSD card is correctly inserted. Click the button in the “Storage” tab: a dialogue box will appear to confirm the formatting operation – click on button to continue.

The instrument web page will refresh and return to the “Status” tab. The reformatting operation is now complete. Full format

Ensure the external microSD card is correctly inserted. Click the button in the “Storage” tab and a dialogue box will appear to confirm the formatting operation – click on button to continue.

The process takes several hours: check the status countdown indicators on the top-right of “Storage” tab.

Caution: Do not remove or insert the external microSD card while formatting is taking place.

7.10.3 MicroSD card data flushing and unmounting

The button flushes data still in the buffer into the microSD card storage. Perform a flushing before downloading data from the Storage tab (see Section 7.10.4 on page 58) or event table (see Section 7.17.5 on page 110).

The button flushes the data from the buffers into the microSD cards and interrupts the recording. The recording restarts if a new card is inserted in the slot or if a quick-format (or full-format) is performed.

7.10.4 Download recorded data

The “Storage” tab of the web browser interface displays the miniSEED files stored on the microSD card:

Clicking on the file from the list automatically starts a download using your browser's standard mechanism:

Multiple files can be downloaded simultaneously by ticking the boxes on the left of each link and clicking on button.

The microSD cards are formatted with empty files which are filled with data as they become available. The file-names are also changed when the files are written to. Until they are written to, they are marked as “hidden” files, so that it is easier to see how many files contain data when looking at the contents of the card.

7.10.5 Downloading data for specific time-intervals

Data for a single stream spanning a specific time-interval can be downloaded from the Storage page of the web interface. To do this, start by selecting the desired stream from the drop-down menu:

… then select the start and end dates and times using the pop-up calendars:

Lastly, click the download button to initiate a file transfer using your browser's standard mechanism.

Note: The pop-up calendars are not supported by Discovery's built-in browser. The required dates can simply be typed in or the entire operation can be performed in an external web browser.

7.10.6 Bulk data extraction

To view files saved on the external microSD card, remove the card, as described in Section 3.1.5. Insert the card into a microSD card reader (external or in-built) on your PC/laptop. Within a few seconds, the card should appear as a removable disk/drive.

A microSD card formatted for the Fortimus contains many "hidden" files. They are created at format time with no contents and then renamed, unhidden and filled with data as required.

When viewing files in Windows Explorer, it may be helpful to configure your system so that "hidden" files are not shown. In Windows 10, this can be done by clearing the “Hidden items” check-box within the ribbon of Windows Explorer.

7.10.7 The contents of the microSD card

The root directory of the disk contains seven items:

The typical contents of the all_miniSEED_files_are_in_here directory looks like this:

The file-name consists of four components:

The “Storage” tab also shows links to five auxiliary files, which are either saved in the Fortimus' flash RAM or are dynamically generated:

7.10.8 Request data from microSD card

Discovery can be used as viewer of seismic data locally recorded in the microSD card of a Fortimus.

Select the Fortimus of interested, right-click and choose “Data calendar view” to open the complete list of streams.

The calendar shows two weeks of data preceding the time when the request is sent and it includes all the available channels recorded in the microSD card, distinct by stream name and predefined colour.

Note: Any gap in the calendar view is symptom of a gap in the recorded data.

Use the mouse-wheel scrolling (or track- / touch-pad scrolling on a laptop) or highlight a portion of data, right-click and select “Zoom in” to zoom into the data. Multiple channel are selectable using key .

In Discovery, right-click on the Fortimus of interest and select “Live View” → “GDI” to open a data viewer window. Select the streams that are going to be backfilled with recorded data.

In the calendar window select the portion of data to backfill into the viewer. Right-click and select “Request backfill”.

The requested data is automatically imported in the GDI data viewer in Discovery.

Note: The time required to upload the data depends on the window duration and the sample rate. Subsequent requests are queued and a new one is served once the previous one is completed.

7.11 Data transmission

The monitoring and configuration of transmitted data is handled using the “Data Stream” tab of the instrument’s web page.

This page allows to configure the transmitted channels available in the Fortimus.

The names and contents of each channel are described in Section 10.

Note: When changing a setting in the Fortimus web page, ensure that you wait until the page refreshes before changing another setting. This allows time for the previous change to take effect.

The drop-down box at the top-left of the page named “Display Streams” filters out visible channels among Enabled and Disabled. The option “Apply configuration for tap groups” automatically apply the same configuration to three streams that belong to the same tap, e.g. 0ACCZ0, 0ACCN0, 0ACCE0.

The page is divided in four columns:

Upon changing the sample rate, enabling a transform or changing Location and Channels codes, the Fortimus will need to be restarted for the changes to come into effect; this can be done by pressing the button.

During the reboot, the LEDs will flash, displaying the starting-up sequence (see Section 3.1.2) and the instrument web page will display the following screen.

Once the Fortimus has successfully restarted, the full web browser display and controls will be available for use again.

7.11.1 Scream! (GCF format + Scream protocol)

The Fortimus can act as a Scream! Server and streams data by sending GCF (Güralp Compressed Format) packets over a network connection using the scream data transmission protocol.

This is primarily intended to support Güralp’s Scream! Software (see Section 4.4.2) or any software that can communicate using the Scream! Protocol, including SeisComP3.

These include:

Data can also be received by software that can communicate using the Scream! Protocol, including SeisComp3 and Earthworm.

Note: Güralp devices running the Platinum software can receive GCF data over the Scream protocol, but the GDI-link protocol is preferred in these cases.

7.11.2 GDI-link protocol

The Fortimus can also transmit data using the GDI-link protocol. GDI-link can currently be used with:

GDI-link supports both data push and pull from/to the Fortimus. See Section 7.6 on page 51 to configure data push to one or more remote clients, e.g. NAM.

GDI-link provides a highly efficient, low latency method of exchanging data via TCP between seismic stations and data centres. The protocol allows state-of-health information to be attached to samples during transmission. A receiver can accept data from multiple transmitters, and a single transmitter can send data to multiple receivers, allowing maximum flexibility for configuring seismic networks. GDI-link streams data sample-by-sample (instead of assembling them into packets) to minimise transmission latency.

A significant advantage of GDI-link is that it has the ability to stream data pre-converted into real physical units instead of just as raw digitiser counts, obviating a requirement for receivers to be aware of calibration values.

For more information on GDI-link, please refer to Güralp manual SWA‑RFC‑GDIL.

7.11.3 SEEDlink protocol

The Fortimus can act as a SEEDlink server to send miniSEED data packets over a network connection. The SEEDlink server is enabled by default but it can be disabled and re-enabled if desired. The server has a configurable back-fill buffer.

Note: The Fortimus SEEDlink back-fill implementation is packet-based.

FortimusIn the “Network” tab of the Fortimus web page, select the desired SEEDlink mode.

The choices are:

Note: As a general guide, we find that 139,264 records is normally sufficient to store around one day of triaxial, 100 sps data.

Standard SEEDlink has a fixed packet size of 512 Bytes and each miniSEED packet is completely populated with data before it is transmitted. The Fortimus supports a modified version of SEEDlink that allows the transmission of incomplete packets. This improves latency.

Note: The modified SEEDlink is only available for EEW channels - i.e. the main seismic channels (generated with causal low latency filters) and the STA, LTA, STA/LTA ratio channels.

The user can specify the rate at which miniSEED packets must be transmitted. If populating complete packets would result in this rate not being achieved, incomplete packets are transmitted instead. The number of samples in each packet, therefore, depends both upon this setting and on the sample rate.

In the “Network” tab of the Fortimus web page select the interval in deciseconds (1 decisecond = 100 ms or 0.1 seconds) between miniSEED packets.

The modified SEEDlink protocol also allows the use of 256-byte records as an alternative to the standard 512-byte format. The “Data Record Size” drop-down menu on the “Network” tab of the Fortimus web page controls this behaviour.

Note: Not all SEEDlink clients can accept 256-byte records. Consult your client's documentation if in doubt.

To test the SEEDlink server, Güralp recommends using the slinktool software for Linux, which is distributed by IRIS. For more information and to download a copy, see

To show a list of available miniSEED streams, issue the command:

slinktool -Q IP-Address

which produces output like the following:

DG TEST  00 CHZ D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  01 HHZ D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  00 CHN D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  01 HHN D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  00 CHE D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  01 HHE D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  00 MHZ D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  00 MHN D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

DG TEST  00 MHE D 2016-09-13 10:42:18  -  2016-09-13 10:46:56

To print miniSEED data records of a single channel, you will need the following command:

slinktool -p -S DG_TEST:00HNZ.D IP-Address

which produces the following output:

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 412 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:43:42.000000 (latency ~2.9 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 415 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:43:46.120000 (latency ~2.6 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 416 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:43:50.270000 (latency ~3.0 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 413 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:43:54.430000 (latency ~2.6 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 419 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:43:58.560000 (latency ~3.0 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 418 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:44:02.750000 (latency ~2.6 sec)

DG_TEST_00_HNZ, 415 samples, 100 Hz, 2016,257,10:44:06.930000 (latency ~3.0 sec)

The SEEDlink server on the Fortimus also supports the use of the “?” character as a wild-card within network, station and channel codes. This allows you to request multiple streams using a single command.

Note: Because the '?' character has special meaning to the shell, it is safest to quote this character with a preceding backslash ('\') when used in command arguments. MiniSEED extractor

The miniSEED extractor serves two purposes:

The miniSEED extractor reads miniSEED files on the PC and copies them to a selected Destination folder, keeping track of the latest block time-stamp as it goes. If it encounters either an unused block or a time-stamp which is earlier than the previous one, it stops copying, truncating the output file at that point. This guarantees that each output file contains only blocks in time order and contains no wasted space.

To use the tool, select "miniSEED Extractor" from the Edit menu. Click the first button to select which files you wish to process and then the second button to select the folder into which you wish the output files to be written. Finally, click the button to extract the valid data from the selected files into new files in the selected destination folder.

The same tool can also generate a report of any gaps in the data from the input files. To use, select the input files as before and then click to view the report.

7.12 Synchronisation of the sample-clock

The Fortimus system synchronises its sample clock using an attached GNSS receiver or, if that is not available, Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

The currently supported GNSS systems are Navstar (GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

Note: The GNSS can use only three different types of satellites simultaneously and GPS is always used, if available. The other two spots available can be either GLONASS, BeiDou or Galileo.

If visibility of the satellite constellation is available, this is the most accurate way to synchronise your digitiser. The Fortimus accessory pack includes a combined GNSS antenna and receiver for this purpose: see Section 3.2.2 for details.

7.12.1 GNSS lock status

This is available in the “Status” tab of the instrument’s web page.

A number of GNSS reporting parameters are given, including:

7.12.2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

The Fortimus system supports timing provided through PTP.

The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is a network protocol which uses modified network hardware to accurately time-stamp each PTP packet on the network at the time of transmission, rather than at the time that the packet was assembled. If you do not have an existing PTP infrastructure, the simplest way to use PTP is to add a "grand-master clock" to the same network segment as the digitisers. A typical such clock is the Omicron OTMC 100, which has an integrated GNSS antenna and receiver which it uses as its own synchronisation source. PTP timing can be extended over up to 100 metres of Ethernet cable or longer distances when fibre-optic cable is used. PTP is significantly more accurate than NTP but generally requires specialised hardware support.

In the “Status” tab of the Fortimus web page, a number of reporting parameters are given, including:

Under the heading “Network config” are four options:

PTP can be configured for multicast or unicast mode. In unicast mode, the server I.P. address must be specified. This is available in the “Network” tab of the digitiser’s web page.

7.13 Deploy mode: Full power-save

The Fortimus digitiser offers two deployment modes: "Normal" and "Power Save". "Full power-save" mode makes a number of configuration changes in order to reduce the unit's power consumption. This mode is particularly useful when using Maris digital ocean-bottom sensors.

The desired mode can be specified using the “Deploy mode” drop-down menu in the “Setup” tab of Fortimus web page. Changes are not applied immediately.

The final step is to click on the button and confirm or cancel the operation from the pop-up window that appears.

A thirty-second count-down will start before the system enters power-save mode. The screen changes and a new button is added:

You can cancel the operation before the countdown is complete by clicking the button.

Caution: The power-save mode will disable the Ethernet and GNSS modules. You will not be able to continue to use the web interface.

Once in deploy mode, the only way to re-enable the Ethernet module is to connect to the Fortimus via a serial connection (see Section 9) or to use the GüVü Bluetooth app (see Section 8.3).

When a serial or Bluetooth connection is established, type the command powersave off in the console to disable the "Full power-save" mode and re-enable Ethernet communication.

7.14 Configuration and control of the accelerometer

7.14.1 Setting instrument (sensor) gain

The Güralp Fortimus strong-motion digital accelerometer features a remotely-switchable gain option that can be controlled from inside Discovery.

The gain is settable in the “Fortimus” section in the “Setup” tab of the Fortimus web page. Under the “Instrument Gain”, select a gain setting (options: ±0.5 g; ±1 g; ±2 g; ±4 g).

Note: A reboot is required after this change.

7.14.2 Sensor centring

The Fortimus accelerometer automatically centres when it is powered up. To manually re-centre click on button under the “Fortimus” section in the Setup tab.

7.14.3 Output polarity

The polarity of output from each component of the instrument is as follows:

Direction of ground acceleration

Polarity of Z output

Polarity of N/S output

Polarity of E/W output

























If the ground accelerates northwards, this moves the casing of the instrument northwards and the N-axis inertial mass is left behind. From the instrument's frame of reference, the mass appears to have been deflected southwards. The feedback system then needs to provide a balancing force to accelerate it northwards and this, by design, will result in a positive output signal from the N/S component.

If the instrument is mounted with the 'N' arrow pointing downwards, gravity will try and pull the inertial mass in the direction of the instrument's N-axis. The feedback system then needs to provide a balancing force to accelerate it upwards which, from the instrument's frame of reference, is now southwards. This is the opposite of the situation described above, so the output from the N/S component will now be negative.

The converses are also true: if the ground accelerates southwards, the instrument will produce a negative output signal from the N/S component and if the instrument is orientated with it's 'N' arrow pointing upwards, it will produce a positive output signal from the N/S component

The polarity of the output signals with respect to acceleration can be demonstrated by selecting a sensitivity of 1 g, 2 g or 4 g and orientating the instrument as shown in the following diagram:

7.14.4 Instrument response parameters

Calibration is a procedure used to verify or measure the frequency response and sensitivity of a sensor. It establishes the relationship between actual ground motion and the corresponding output voltage. Calibration values, or response parameters, are the results of such procedures.

Response parameters typically consist of a sensitivity or "gain", measured at some specified frequency, and a set of poles and zeroes for the transfer function that expresses the frequency response of the sensor. A full discussion of poles and zeroes is beyond the scope of this manual.

The gain for a seismometer is traditionally expressed in volts per ms-1 and, for an accelerometer, in volts per ms-2. Other instruments may use different units: an electronic thermometer might characterise its output in mV per °C.

A calibration procedure is also used to establish the relationship between the input voltage that a digitiser sees and the output, in counts, that it produces. The results are traditionally expressed in volts per count. Each Fortimus is programmed at the factory so that it knows its own calibration values.

To explore the calibration values of the Fortimus’ sensor and digitiser, right-click the Fortimus in Discovery’s main window and select “Calibration” → “Calibration Editor”. The resulting screen is shown here shortened:

This form has one tab for each seismic component. The instrument's response values are:

The calibration parameters for one component can be copied to any other component of the same instrument, or other instruments. This is especially useful for poles and zeros, because they are typically identical for all three components of all instruments in a class.

The drop-down menu in the “Component configuration” section allows selection of what to copy: poles and zeros, gains or everything. The destination sensor and component(s) can be selected in the subsequent drop-down menus. Click on the button to copy and paste the selected values. Finally click on button to send the calibration values to the digitiser and save them permanently. Repeat this last step for the other axis. Note that only sends the calibration of the selected axis.

The overall system calibration parameters can be exported and saved in a file for future use by clicking on the button under “System calibration values”.

The resulting file-name will have the extension .conf. Values from an existing calibration file can be imported using the button. The associated drop-down menu allows specification of what to import: poles and zeros, gains or everything. Click on to send the calibration values to the digitiser and save them permanently. Note that this action will only send the calibration of the selected sensor. Click on button to send the complete calibration to the digitiser.

When transmitting MiniSEED data, the responses of the instruments and digitisers are encoded in a message called a “Dataless SEED” volume. The contents of these volumes can be displayed in human-readable form, known as RESP, by clicking on the “RESP file” link of each channel in the “Data flow” and “Data record” tab of the Fortimus web page.

Clicking on a RESP file link produces a page like this:

Right-click anywhere and select “Back” to return to the Fortimus web page.

To save a RESP file, right click on it in the main list and select "Save Link":

Note: RESP files are not available for channels that have a transform enabled. For details about transforms, see Section 7.16.

7.14.5 Inject a calibration signal

To check whether the Fortimus is correctly calibrated, go to the Setup tab of the web page and use the drop-down menu to choose between Triangle, Square and White Noise signal to be injected into the sensor's feedback loop.

Adjust the calibration signal amplitude at 100%, 50%, 25% or 12.5% of the DAC full range.

Note: The calibration channel, named 0ACCC0, produces an output if and only if the calibration is in progress.

While the calibration is in progress, the webpage shows the warning message and Discovery flags the status icon in yellow.

7.15 Setting sensor orientation and depth parameters

7.15.1 Applied rotation

A Matlab extension for Scream! allows easy determination of the exact orientation of a sensor relative to a surface reference sensor (which can be accurately aligned magnetically or geographically. The procedure is explained at

The Relative Orientation extension of Scream! provides a correction angle that can be entered into the Sensor Orientation section of the Fortimus web page.

Note: The input rotation is automatically applied to both transmitted and recorded data.

7.15.2 Instrument installation parameters

The Dip (tilt angle from vertical), Azimuth (tilt direction from North) and Depth of Fortimus can be set in the “Setup” tab of the web interface in the section “Instrument Installation Parameters”. The instrument to which the displayed parameters apply is selected using the drop-down menu.

Note: The orientation and depth are not applied to the data, the parameters are only saved in the Dataless SEED.

7.16 Transforms

The Fortimus is capable of applying mathematical transforms to the streamed and recorded data. These include low-pass and high-pass filters, integration, differentiation, rotation, STA/LTA trigger etc.

When a specific transform is activated on a particular channel, the resulting streamed (or recorded, accordingly to the chosen configuration) data output is automatically transmitted and/or recorded with the transform applied. The units-of-measure are re-calculated accordingly.

Transform functions are enabled or disabled from the “Data Stream” and “Data Record” tabs for each channel.

Note: To enable or disable a transform on any channel, it is necessary to reboot the Fortimus. Transforms can be applied only on enabled channels.

The available transforms are:

Some transforms require parameters such as frequencies or coefficients. For these, the user can either use a fixed, default set, or create their own custom set.

To use customised parameters, visit the “Transform” tab and select the “Saved User Parameters” option in the “Parameter Source” drop-down menu. Type in the required parameters and then click to store them. It is possible to switch between Default and Saved User Parameters without altering the stored custom parameters but clicking while “Default parameters” is selected will overwrite the customised parameters with the default values.

The various transforms are each described in the following sections.

Caution: The button at the top of the "Transform" column does not disable transforms for all streams. It stops transmission of all streams, which may not be what you intend.

7.16.1 Pass-through

This null transform simply outputs a copy of the input data, without applying any transform. It has no configuration parameters.

Note: This transform is selected by default when transforms are first enabled or when an invalid transform is selected. Do not use pass-through as a method of disabling transforms: instead, select "Disable transforms" from the drop-down menu next to each stream on the "Data Streams" tab,

7.16.2 Differentiation

This transform differentiates the input data, e.g. if the input is a velocity (ms-1) channel, the output will be acceleration (ms-2). It has no configuration parameters.

7.16.3 1st order LPF

This transform applies a first-order low-pass filter to the input data.

The single configurable parameter is "Corner Frequency": this specifies, in Hz, the frequency at which the output power is attenuated by -3 dB. Above this frequency, output power is attenuated by a further 6 dB per octave or 20 dB per decade.

7.16.4 1st Order HPF

This transform applies a first-order high pass filter to the input data.

The output is the difference between a low-pass filtered copy of the signal and the unfiltered signal.

The single configurable parameter is "Corner Frequency": this specifies, in Hz, the frequency at which the output power is attenuated by -3 dB. Below this frequency, output power is attenuated by a further 6 dB per octave or 20 dB per decade.

Note: The high-pass filter is implemented by subtracting the output of a low-pass filter from the unfiltered data:

7.16.5 1st Order Band/Notch filter

This transform applies first-order band stop or Notch filter to the input data.

The band-stop filter is implemented as a configurable chain of two components:

The configurable parameters are the "High Pass Frequency" (HPF corner frequency as defined in Section 7.16.4) and the “Low Pass Frequency” (LPF corner frequency as defined in Section 7.16.3).

7.16.6 2nd Order biquad

This transform applies a second-order bi-quadratic filter to the input data.

The biquad filter is a second-order recursive linear filter, containing two poles and two zeros. In the Z-plane, the transfer function is the ratio of two quadratics in z, as shown.

The two configurable parameters are:

7.16.7 Integration

This transform integrates the input data, e.g. if the selected channel unit is velocity (ms-1), the output produced is displacement (m).

The integration transform is implemented as a configurable chain of three components:

The configurable parameters are:

7.16.8 Double Integration

This transform integrates the input data twice so, for example, if the selected channel is acceleration (ms-2), the output produced is displacement (m).

Analogously to the single integrator, the double integrator applies an initial DC high-pass filter and then two further high-pass filters, one at the output of each integrator. The high-pass filters are implemented using an LPF and a subtractor, as described in Section 7.16.4.

The configurable parameters are:

7.16.9 EEW Parameter Observer

When an EEW trigger occurs (or is simulated – see below), the peak ground motion values (Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA), Peak Ground Velocity (PGV) and Peak Ground Displacement (PGD)) are calculated and automatically recorded over the selected time-window and subsequently transmitted as a CAP message (see Section 7.17 for more details). This transform allows the operator to directly observe the acceleration, velocity and displacement output on the real-time streams. It is available for use with both velocity and acceleration input signals.

Note: The EEW parameter transform can work as an observer: doesn’t necessarily modify the data streams on which it is applied.

The high-pass filters are implemented using an LPF and a subtracter, as described in Section 7.16.4.

The configurable parameters are:

Note: Güralp recommend using the integration (Section 7.16.7) and double integration (Section 7.16.8) transforms to test the filter parameters, because the effect of the parameters will then be clearly visible in the transformed streams. Once suitable parameters have been determined, they can be copied to the EEW Parameter Observer transform.

7.16.10 STA/LTA Ratio

The Earthquake Early Warning system (EEW) compares the ratio of a short-term average (STA) to a long-term average (LTA) in order to detect "trigger" conditions. For more information see Section 7.17.

This transform is included to help determine parameters for configuring the EEW system. It does not affect the operation of the EEW system in any way. The transform calculates the ratio between the result of the Short Term Average filter and the Long Term Average filter. The input signal is passed through a high-pass filter which removes any DC offset.

The configurable parameters are:

The high-pass filter is implemented using an LPF and a subtracter, as described in Section 7.16.4 on page 91.

7.16.11 Three-dimensional rotation

This transform rotates three velocity/acceleration seismic components in space. Rotations are represented by unit quaternions (in preference to the more usual Euler angles: yaw, pitch and roll) because they are unambiguous and avoid the problem of gimbal lock.

Note: The rotation transform can only be applied if it is enabled in all three velocity/acceleration components of a single instrument at the same sample rate.

Any rotation in three dimensional space can be represented as a combination of a unit three-dimensional vector, u⃗, which specifies the axis (and sense) of the rotation, and a scalar angle, θ, which specifies the amount of rotation

Güralp follows a North, East, Up convention when describing sensor orientation. Using this convention, we can represent u⃗ as [u,v,w] and use Pauli's extension to Euler's formula:

to form a quaternion: where:

For example, a perfectly- oriented sensor has a (null) rotation of , where the sensor's Z, N and E axes align with the North, East and Up global axes.

A rotation of

represents a sensor that has been rotated 90o about its x axis to align the sensor's Z, N and E axes with global North, Down and East respectively.

Note: Clockwise rotations, when looking along an axis, are denoted as positive. This is generally known as the "right-hand rule" because, if you point your right thumb along the (directed) axis, your fingers will curl in a clockwise direction about it.

In the degenerate case of a simple rotation about a vertical axis (commonly used to correct data from a misaligned borehole instrument), the axis of rotation is vertical, so our unit vector is [0,0,1] (following the "North, East, Up" convention). To rotate by θ (where positive θ is clockwise when looking upwards), our quaternion should be:

As a final check, note that

which satisfies our requirement for a unit quaternion. The parameters to enter in the Configure Transforms fields are, therefore:

Scalar, X ⇒ 0 , Y ⇒ 0 and Z

7.16.12 QSCD Sender (triplet)

The QSCD protocol (Quick Seismic Characteristic Data) transmits values computed from the three triaxial streams of an instrument. One packet is transmitted every second so the number of samples in each packet is equal to the sample rate of the three input streams.

QSCD calculations are implemented using transforms and configured via the Data Stream tab of the Fortimus web page. The three input channels must all be configured with the QSCD (triplet) transform. (The transform is disabled if the sample rates of the input streams do not match.)

In the Transform tab, the parameter “Period length” configures the number of samples to include in a QSCD packet. For example, QSCD20 requires the sample rate of the streams to be 20 sps so the “Period length” must be set to 20 (samples), in order to send a packet every second.

7.16.13 MMA Logger

The MMA logger transform [is a function that periodically calculates and logs Maximum Minimum and mean (Average) values over a selected window of data.

Note: The EEW parameter transform is an observer: doesn’t modify the data streams on which it is applied.

The two configurable parameters are:

7.17 Earthquake Early Warning

The “Trigger” tab is dedicated to Earthquake Early Warning settings. These are disabled by default because of the amount of processing resource – and hence, power – consumed by triggering calculations.

The Triggers section of the web page enables the user to configure the triggering system. The trigger Sources should be configured firstly because different configuration options are displayed for different source types. Once the source-specific settings are configured, the scores and destinations should be specified. Destinations can be shared between sources, allowing the creation of networks (directed graphs) of systems for distributed event detection.

The heart of the Earthquake Early Warning subsystem are the triggering algorithms: an STA/LTA (Short-Time-Average divided by Long-Time-Average) and level (threshold) algorithms.

The STA/LTA algorithm continuously calculates the average values of the absolute amplitude of a seismic signal in two simultaneous moving-time windows. The short time average (STA) is sensitive to seismic events while the long time average (LTA) provides information about the current amplitude of seismic background noise at the site. When the ratio of STA to LTA exceeds a pre-set threshold value an event is “declared”.

The threshold algorithm, instead, declares the presence of an event when the raw data in input passes above or below a pre-set threshold value.

7.17.1 Trigger sources

The available sources for the trigger are listed below, along with the configurable fields available in each case.

The STA/LTA trigger algorithms includes the configuration of the following parameters:

The threshold trigger algorithms includes the configuration of the following parameters:

The “Preview in Stream” box temporally shows the in the live streams the output calculated by the trigger algorithm, e.g. the STA/LTA ratio. In the STA/LTA ratio trigger, when a single stream is selected as source, the calculated STA/LTA ratio is shown in place of the original data.

Note: Only STA/LTA ratio has preview on single streams, both Threshold and STA/LTA ratio have preview of triplets.

When a triplet is selected as source, 3D or Z & NE” parameters is used to choose what type of preview to visualise.

For STA/LTA ratio trigger algorithm:

For Threshold trigger algorithm:

7.17.2 Trigger destinations

The options available form the various Destination fields are:

Various parameters control how the CAP message is created:

EEW parameters (PGA, PGV and PGD values) are sent in the CAP messages body if and only if the “EEW parameter – Observer” transform is enabled on the source taps (see Section 7.16.9).

Various parameters control how the I/O Expander behaves:

7.17.3 Low Latency Mode

In the “Setup” tab, the “Low Latency Mode” drop-down menu controls the processor workload that affects the power-consumption of the Fortimus. This control can be used to prioritise power-consumption at the expense of latency, to balance the two or to optimise latency regardless of the power consumption. Three settings are available:

7.17.4 CAP receiver

Güralp Discovery includes a CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) receiver. It listens on a specified UDP port for incoming CAP messages. When one arrives, it is displayed and plotted on a map. In addition, the receiver can open a TCP connection to the cloud-based registry server and display CAP messages that have been sent to the registry server. See Section 7.18 for information about configuring a registry server.

All CAP messages can be stored in a log-file. The full message is recorded so that it can be re-loaded later, if required.

The CAP receiver functionality is accessed using the context (right-click) menu in Discovery or clicking on “Edit” in the menu bar:

The CAP receiver window allows specification of the listening port. Each Fortimus from which messages should be received must have this value specified as the “CAP Port” in its triggering settings (see Section 7.17.2). The value should be between 1025 and 65535. You should avoid numbers in the list at

The reception of CAP messages can be enabled or disabled clicking on the button at the top, right-hand side of the window.

If you wish to forward the CAP messages to a server, type its IP address into the field and tick the check-box named “Use forwarding server”. An error message is displayed if the entered IP address is not valid.

To log CAP messages to a file, tick the “Log events” check-box and use the button to select an appropriate location for the database file.

To import an existing database of events, first enable logging, then browse to the file using the button and, finally, click the button to load the file. If no file is specified, the logging is automatically switched off and a pop-up message is displayed.

When an event is detected and a CAP message is received, the location of the Fortimus that generated the trigger is identified by a pointer displayed on the map. The events and the information contained in the CAP message are displayed at the right-hand side of the window. This includes the SEED identifiers, network, station, channel and location, along with the time, the recipients and the threshold value which was exceeded.

If the EEW parameters are enabled in a particular source, after the first CAP message containing the event information, three other messages with the PGA/PGV/PGD details are sent, one for each component.

Click on the button to clear markers from the map and descriptions from the right-hand-side list. This action does not affect the contents of the log-file.

7.17.5 Seismic Event Table

The Fortimus can generate a “Seismic Event Table”. This is list of events detected by the STA/LTA or threshold trigger enabled on taps. It contains information about the time when the event occurred, its duration, the channel that generated the trigger and the peak magnitude of the event. The seismic data before, during and after the event are saved in miniSEED format and can be downloaded using links in the table.

The table is located at the bottom of the “Trigger” tab in the Fortimus web page.

The Fortimus allows the download of event data in miniSEED format in a time range that is user selectable. The user can select how many seconds before and after the event detection to include in the miniSEED file.

Note: Use the button in the Storage tab to copy most recent data into the microSD cards (see Section 7.10.3 on page 57).

The event table shows which of the components has caused the trigger and the user can chose to either download data related to that single component by deselecting the option “Download Z, N, E Triplet” or download data for all three components by leaving the option enabled.

The last column of the table contains links to downloaded and saved miniSEED files related to each event.

Note: The links produce downloadable miniSEED files if and only if the requested data is available in the microSD card. This depends on last flushing time and selected post event time.

7.18 Using a registry

Discovery can maintain a list of all Minimus and Fortimus units in a local or cloud-based registry, simplifying management of medium to large networks and removing the need for static IP addresses at telemetered stations. Registered digitisers appear in the selection list in the main screen, regardless of whether they are on the local network or not.

Administrators can create their own registry servers by installing a simple program on a server. The server itself must have a static IP address and be accessible to all connected Minimus/Fortimus units, as well as the PCs running discovery. Registry servers programs are currently available for Linux and Windows. Please contact Güralp technical support for details.

For administrators not wishing to install their own registry, Güralp provide a shared registry server in the cloud at which customers are welcome to use.

Registered digitisers must be assigned to groups, each of which has a Group Identifier. Instances of Discovery must also be configured with a Group ID and can only display registered digitisers from the matching group. This allows partitioning of large networks into smaller administrative domains. It also makes possible the simultaneous use of the Güralp shared registry server by multiple organisations.

To use a registry:

7.18.1 Configuring a Fortimus for use with a registry

The address of the registry server and the chosen Group ID must be set individually for each participating Fortimus.

To do this, first connect the Fortimus to the same network as a PC running Discovery and click the button, so that the Fortimus appears in the main Discovery list. Right-click () on the digitiser’s entry and select “View Web Page” from the context menu:

In the resulting web page, select the “Network” tab. The Registry parameters can be found near the bottom of the resulting screen:

These are:

Once you have set the correct values, the digitiser must be rebooted before they will take effect. To do this, click the button.

7.18.2 Configuring Discovery for use with a registry

To specify a registry server for an instance of discovery, type its address into the field at the bottom left of the main screen:

To set the Group ID in Discovery:

Return to the main windows and test the configuration by clicking the button. All Fortimus using the same Registry server and Group ID should appear in the main list.

7.18.3 Registry mode: using WAN or LAN addresses

When Discovery displays a list of devices found from a local scan, all access to those systems is initiated via the LAN address. When displaying a list of registered devices, you have the option of using either the LAN address or the WAN address. This can be useful when the WAN address has been configured but is not yet available or when a registered device is installed remotely and not available on the LAN. The feature is controlled by exactly where you right-click in the list of devices.

If you right-click anywhere other than in the LAN address column, the WAN address is used and the behaviour is otherwise exactly as previously documented. To access the digitiser via its LAN address, right-click in the LAN address column, as shown below:

When you click on the LAN address of an entry, the context menu changes:

Entries for firmware updates, system and GDI configuration and web page access all now use the LAN address rather than the WAN address.

In addition, all options on the Live View sub-menu use the LAN address:

and the calibration page editor is also invoked using the LAN address:

Note: For these techniques to work, the digitiser and PC must be connected to the same LAN.

7.19 Updating Fortimus firmware

The firmware of the Fortimus is upgradeable. New releases appear regularly – mostly to add new features but, occasionally, to fix problems. Güralp recommends that the Fortimus is regularly checked for availability of firmware updates and, when convenient, these updates should be installed.

The procedure below guarantees a straightforward upgrade and prevents any data loss or misconfiguration.

Note: The latest version of Discovery software must be used to perform the firmware update of any Fortimus digitiser. See Section 13.5 for more details.

If you have any recorded data that you value, backup all files from the Fortimus microSD card:

Once this is complete, to upgrade the Fortimus:

Caution: If updating from any release of v1.2 to v2.0, select the option “Güralp server – version 2.0-**** (online)” only. Do not use “Local file” option unless agreed case-by-case with

If updating from any release of below v1.2, contact before proceeding.

7.20 Import / Export an existing configuration

Updating the Fortimus’ firmware can, occasionally, cause loss of configuration. We recommend that you export and save the current configuration before proceeding with an upgrade. This operation can be done through Discovery by right-clicking on the digitiser in the list and selecting “System Configuration” from the context menu:

Select "Use configuration from one of the devices". If more than one device is available, select the one from which the configuration should be downloaded. Click the button and browse to a suitable location (on your PC) into which to save the configuration file.

After the firmware update is successfully completed, the previous configuration can be imported, if required, by following the instructions below.

Right-click on the digitiser’s entry in the Discovery list and select "System Configuration" from the context menu. Select the "Use configuration from file" option.

Select the configuration file from where it was saved in the File Explorer and confirm. Use the check-boxes to select the devices to which the configuration should be uploaded and click on the button.

Wait until the process finishes. To apply the new configuration, the unit has to be rebooted: the button can be used to perform the required system restarts.

Note: The configuration export and upload doesn’t preserve the settings related to the applied transforms.

7.21 Control Centre

Several actions can be taken from within Discovery to control your Fortimus digital accelerometer.

These operations can be performed by right-clicking on the digitiser’s entry in the list and select “Control Centre” from the context menu. The meanings of the icons are given in the table below:



This tab provides information about the general state of the instrument, its serial number and I.P. address, its up-time (time since last boot) and GNSS status.

This button launches a console that allows interactions with the command line of the Fortimus. The list of available commands and their respective descriptions can be displayed by entering the command “help”. This should generally only be done on the advice of the Güralp technical support team.

This button is equivalent to the “View Web Page” entry in the context (right-click) menu of the Fortimus in the Discovery main window.

This button is equivalent to the “Show on Map” entry in the context (right-click) menu of the Fortimus in the Discovery main window.

This button is equivalent to the “Live View” entry in the context (right-click) menu of the Fortimus in the Discovery main window.

This tab allows manual centring of the Fortimus accelerometer.