Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Micro-Electro-Mechanical System Accelerometer in Smartphone can using as Earthquake Measuring

Robometricschool. - Maybe in this time to know the magnitude of the quake only can measure using seismograph. And only earthquake experts in the field who can operate this tool to measure the magnitude of quake.

Figure 1. Smartphone as Earthquake Measuring Illustration

But with the developing of the smartphone technology, to know magnitude of quake not only using seismograph but also using smartphone. According Italian scientists believes Accelerometer commonly found on smart phones aka smartphones will be able to use shocks judge the earth. Similarly, in an article written on the bulletin Seismological Society of America, on Sunday, 29 September 2013.

And according the researcher of National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology Italia also said that chip MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System Accelerometer), which is on most smart phones, a tool to detect motion. One of its functions to change the position of the screen from vertical to horizontal and vice versa.

The number of smartphone users make the scientists could create urban seismic network, which can transmit data in real time to the geological authorities. In Indonesia, yes the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics.
This finding inspired by Stanford Quake-Catcher Network. This network connects to the computer seismograph volunteers. However, if the computer is replaced with a smart phone - using the Accelerometer sensor, power measurement functions earthquake increasingly sensitive.

According Antonino D'Alessandro, a researcher at the institute, said that, in theory, any device connected to the Internet with Accelerometer sensor could be a strong seismic stations. He also added that the Accelerometer technology meets all the requirements for monitoring earthquakes. (Source:Tempo Magazine)


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