Are you part of an agency or business that has a good use for the Earthquake Early Warning System?
Interested in becoming a pilot user? Would you like to be a product developer?

The US Geological Survey (USGS) seeks a limited number of well qualified partners to cooperatively develop pilot projects to demonstrate the use of ShakeAlert® System earthquake early warning notifications and data streams in real-world applications.

The USGS and partners are seeking ShakeAlert® applications for projects that help:

– Protect critical systems and infrastructure

– Delivery alerts to a variety of sectors

– Develop new technology solutions for early warnings

Pilot implementations will be selected from organizations willing and able to commit their resources to implementing one or more specific applications to the point of practical demonstration. Note that ShakeAlert® is currently in a “production prototype” phase and is not yet ready for routine operation or public release. Therefore, smartphone apps or other implementations with the primary goal of general public notification are not being considered at this time. 

Qualifying pilot implementations must meet the following criteria:

    • Be limited to actions or notifications within the applicant’s organization.
    • Be tolerant of system errors including false, missed, or late alerts and incorrect intensity estimates.
    • Actions cannot have the potential to result in injury, damage, or loss.
    • Have the capability to be tested using ShakeAlert® test notifications and data streams.
    • Pave the way for broader application by other users.
    • Agree to these terms and the USGS’s End-User License Agreement.

At this time we are not looking for individual request to beta test the demonstration software (ShakeAlert® UserDisplay)

If you have a potential Pilot Project at your organization that meets the above criteria and are interested in contacting your regional ShakeAlert® Coordinator, please fill out the form below.

Please note: ShakeAlert® provides the coded alert message only and does not provide funding or message distribution solutions for an end user or product developer.

The ShakeAlert® System provides earthquake notification and data streams using internet-based services. The USGS will provide the Application Programming Interface (API) and data format documentation intended for developers when appropriate, after application approval. The USGS will also provide password protected access to a ShakeAlert® test service and live streams from ShakeAlert® production prototype servers. Limited USGS troubleshooting of application development is available in very limited circumstances.

Application Process

If your organization would like to automate loss reduction actions with ShakeAlert®, please fill out the form below to connect with a local ShakeAlert® Regional Coordinator and learn more about the ShakeAlert® system.  The applicant’s inherent ability to implement loss reduction applications upon receipt of a ShakeAlert® will be considered in the approval process. Qualifying end user organizations and their partners must sign the ShakeAlert® License Agreement and Terms of Service.

Qualifying organizations must agree to collaborate with the ShakeAlert® Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach to develop and implement best practices for the use of ShakeAlert® products. This includes use of ShakeAlert® human interface signals and messaging; development, testing, and implementation of the System’s education and training program; and participating in ShakeAlert® community interactions (conferences, focus groups, etc.) where industry knowledge and best practices will be shared, discussed, and disseminated with the goal of improving the ShakeAlert® program.

ShakeAlert® is a cooperative project between the USGS and university partners including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of California at Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology. We encourage collaboration among all ShakeAlert® partners parties including UserDisplay evaluation users, non-commercial and commercial licensees, pilot users, universities, and government entities.

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