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 well qualified partners to cooperatively develop pilot projects utilize to the 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
-Deliver alerts to a variety of sectors-Develop new technology solutions for early warnings

Pilot implementations will be encouraged from organizations willing and able to commit their resources to implementing one or more specific applications to reduce risk of loss from earthquake shaking. Note that ShakeAlert® is currently in a “production prototype” phase and is not yet ready for routine operation or public release in Washington and Oregon. Pilot partners are capable of building and testing their solutions in-house, to the point of successful demonstrations.


Qualifying pilot implementations must meet the following criteria:

If you have a potential Pilot Project at your organization that meets the above criteria, please visit the web site and download the appropriate license agreement.

License agreements have been prepared by the USGS in three categories:

    1. Evaluation Partnerships, evaluation partners take no action based on ShakeAlert information, but evaluate their ability to use ShakeAlert® data to generate a solution to risk reduction
    2. Pilot Partnership, Pilot Partners develop and test innovative and creative ways to utilize ShakeAlert® data to reduce risk and losses, such as generating an alert to prompt people to take a protective action or to trigger an automated action or to trigger an automated action like closing a valvue, slowing a train, or opening a firehouse door. This License Agreement also comes with a required Pilot Project Application and Statement of Work (Appendix A). All must be submitted together, however, should the applicant desire more time to develop their pilot project or like access to technical resources for their planning process, the Application and Statement of Work can be basic upon initial submission, later being detailed and submitted for project amendment before pilot testing begins.
    3. License to Operate, the goal for all Pilot Partners is to be fully operational (no longer in a testing phase) under a ShakeAlert® License to Operate (LtO). To qualify for an LtO the Pilot Partner’s project must meet USGS mandated technical performance standards outlined in te LtO license, including providing appropiriate education and training for their end users/customers. LtO partners are allowed to seel their innovations to customers, if they desire.

Fill out, sign, and return the appropriate license agreement to the USGS directly, as directed within the license. Organizations that have questions specific to licensing, direct your questions to Robert de Groot, USGS ShakeAlert® Coordinator of Communications, Education, Outreach, and Technical Engagement at All license agreements are between the applicant and the USGS.

ShakeAlert® Regional Coordinators are available to provide technical information, answer your questions about ShakeAlert® and how it works, assist you with training and educational materials, and offer advice about your involvement in the program. All questions non specifc to licensing can be directed to your state’s ShakeAlert® Regional Coordinator:

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 inteded 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. For developers the USGS will provide API and data format documentation, password protected access to a ShakeAlert® test service, and live streams from ShakeAlert® production prototypes services. The ability of the USGS to provide application development support is very limited.

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 messagine; 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 including beta users, pilot users, universities, and government entities.


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