Pacific Tsunami Center (PTWC) adds ASPEN clients to improve earthquake monitoring
Pasadena, CA 3/19/2007 

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Kinemetrics inc. provided the Aspen system solution to the PacificTsunamiWarningCenter (PTWC). The Aspen is a state-of-the-art real-time Environmental Monitoring Solution (EMS) that delivers a comprehensive set of monitoring data, processed information, and command and control capabilities to broadband wireless measurement nodes from single or multiple data centers.

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PASADENA, CA – October 30, 2006The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (,) will deploy several key components of the Kinemetrics Aspen system solution, including the Q330 + MARMOT, a 24-bit ultra-low power broadband data acquisition system, STS-2 very broadband seismometer, and the Antelope premier Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) system software package.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) continuously monitors the seismic activity and ocean surface level of the PacificBasin, and provides warnings for teletsunamis to most countries in the PacificBasin as well as to Hawaii and all other US interests in the Pacific outside of Alaska and the US West Coast. For more information on PTWC please visit:

Kinemetrics' Aspen System Solution is a state-of-the-art real-time system configured to provide a comprehensive set of data and processed information for earthquake monitoring. Aspen uses Commercially-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, industry standard communication protocols, and industry standard open software in a distributed client/server networking solution. This open-system architecture allows users to grow and adapt their systems as requirements change and new technologies emerge.

Specifics of the Kinemetrics Aspen Solution

Kinemetrics' open-architecture Aspen system solution is a state-of-the-art real-time Environmental Monitoring Solution (EMS) that delivers a comprehensive set of monitoring data, processed information, command and control capabilities to wireless measurement nodes from single or multiple Data Centers over IP.

A typical Aspen wireless measurement node consists of the ultra-high performance, 3/6-channel Q330HR or ultra-low power Q330 data acquisition system, K2, or Etna with Global Positioning System (GPS), an IP-based wire or wireless data communication system, various types of sensors, including video or sound and an autonomous power module.

The MARMOT product includes pre-installed and embedded high-performance version of Antelope environmental monitoring software. The MARMOT Antelope software is identical in its function and configuration to the Antelope software that is used at seismic network centers, data centers and sensor webs around the world today. The MARMOT embedded version of Antelope has been fine tuned to provide the very best in performance and reliability for long-term, unattended remote data acquisition, processing, buffering and distribution to downstream data processing centers.

Specifically, the MARMOT Antelopehas been optimized for providing very deep telemetry buffers that can take advantage of the full MARMOT CF memory resources for buffering data during long telemetry outages - up to 16 Gigabytes of non-volatile raw buffer resources. This means that the MARMOT Field Processor with Antelope can seamlessly buffer over one year of data from a typical 100 sample-per-second, three component field system.

The latest product from Quanterra, the Q330HR, is a New Standard for Broadband Seismology & Next Generation of an Ultra-High Resolution Data Acquisition System that exceeds the IRIS GSN standard that was set by Quanterra 20 years ago.The Q330HR's actual resolution and dynamic range now breaks the 24-bit barrier to enable a new generation of broad-band instrumentation.

Each measurement node can transmit data, video or sound to the observed site Gateway and via VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite technology or terrestrial IP communication links (in both real-time and dial-in/out modes of operation) to the Antelope based Environmental Monitoring Data Center where the Environmental Information System (EIS) is located.

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For more information on the Kinemetrics’ Aspen, the Q330,PB14F, Marmot, Q730, Q4120, Q680, MAKALU, K2, ETNA and other products; the Antelope mission-critical software solution for environmental monitoring networks, or VSAT solution please check

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