Portable seismic data recorder for early warning applications

August 02, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Portable seismic data recorder for early warning applications
Positioning technology solutions provider Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a seismic data recorder designed to provide robust and reliable information for scientists and academics conducting earth movement studies.

The REF TEK Wrangler seismic data recorder features a 32-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), delivering increased dynamic range compared to its predecessor. This enhanced dynamic range, says the company, enables the instrument to record very small vibrations from seismic sensors, providing detailed data for scientific analysis.

"REF TEK recorders have always been known for their dependability and the Wrangler is no exception," says Lisa Wetherbee, business area director of Trimble Monitoring Solutions. "Research teams will greatly benefit from the lightweight and portable recorder for many reasons, including its ease of use and connectivity that provide these teams more time to focus on the important job of data analysis."

Working in combination with REF TEK's recently introduced Colt broadband seismometer or third-party seismic sensors, the Wrangler aids researchers in their study of the physics of earthquakes and in gaining a deeper understanding of plate tectonics. Offering IP68 watertight integrity, the Wrangler, says the company, provides reliable performance for applications such as the following:

  • Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) systems
  • Local, regional and global broadband seismic networks
  • Aftershock and portable deployments
  • Micro-zonation earthquake studies

The instrument weighs less than three pounds and is suitable for portable or permanent installations, recording data from geophysical sensors even in the most extreme environments. Configuration options allow users to easily configure the recorder remotely via an integrated Web User Interface or locally via built-in Wi-Fi.

Using the industry standard SeedLink real-time data acquisition protocol, the recorder can quickly and easily be set up to automatically import data directly into a user's analysis software program. The REF TEK Wrangler seismic data recorder is available now.


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