ShakeAlert Licensed Operators

Background

The ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning system, operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), quickly detects significant earthquakes, estimates shaking, and issues ShakeAlert Messages to Licensed Operators. Licensed Operators, who entered into a license agreement with the USGS, use this information to develop and deliver alerts to people and trigger automated actions to protect vital systems and infrastructure, potentially seconds before shaking arrives at their location.
 
In most instances, Licensed Operators are integral to the success of the ShakeAlert project. By building systems that deliver ShakeAlert-powered alerts and automate actions, Licensed Operators help save lives, minimize injuries, and reduce earthquake damage to property and infrastructure. They can play a critical role in mitigating immediate earthquake losses, subsequent indirect earthquake economic impacts, and possible ripple effects, or “secondary disasters.” These mitigation efforts can increase a community’s recovery and speedy return to normal status. 
 
Licensed Operators span multiple industries and sectors, and include private for-profit companies, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.

Disclaimers
This page is not the ultimate resource. Visit the Licensed Operator's website for more information about their product and services.
The USGS does not directly or indirectly endorse any product or service provided by these Licensees.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), operated by the University of Washington and the University of Oregon, does not directly or indirectly endorse or warrant any product or service provided by these Licensees.
 
Definitions
  • EEW: Earthquake Early Warning
  • Licensed Operator (LtO): USGS-approved ShakeAlert Partners demonstrated their ShakeAlert-powered product(s), service(s), and/or applications to end-users and met USGS performance standards (e.g., speed, reliability, technical performance, and education and training).
  • End-user: End-users receive ShakeAlert-powered alerts from LtO Partners. End-users include people who receive these alerts directly (e.g., to their cell phones), as well as organizations that work with an LtO Partner to implement automated “machine-to-machine” actions.
  • Business-to-Business: A B2B, or "business-to-business" company provides ShakeAlert-powered products and services to other businesses.
  • Business-to-Consumer: A B2C, or "business-to-consumer," company sells directly to individual consumers.

The following ShakeAlert Licensed Operators (LtO) provide ShakeAlert-powered implementations.

Licensed Operator

Product Name

Type of Product

Can automate infrastructure actions allowed under agreement with USGS

Can deliver alerts in public spaces where end-users are in controlled environments (e.g., hospitals, offices)

Can deliver public alerts to end-users in any environment (e.g., cell phone app)

Current implementation examples

Business-to-business (B2B) or Business-to-consumer (B2C)

Location availability of product, service, or application

Website

Preferred contact information

Early Warning Labs Cloud Quake On-site device Yes Yes    PA systems, speakers, VOIP, voice activated fire alarm boxes, handheld two-way radio; open gates and fire station bay doors; stop elevators at nearest floor; throttle valves; train control systems; shut down or turn on industrial systems. B2B Washington, Oregon, California https://earlywarninglabs.com/ Josh Bashioum – info@earlywarninglabs.com
Global Security Systems (GSS) / AlertFM EEWAlert On-site device   Yes   Audio and visual alerts delivered via FM Radio to Alert FM voice, text, bluethooth, desk, and wall receivers including ADA strobe light. B2B; B2C Washington, Oregon, California https://www.alertfm.com/ Matthew Straeb, EVP/CTO – Mstraeb@gssnet.us
RH2 Engineering Advanced Seismic Controller (ASC) On-site device Yes Yes   Initiate alarms; throttle valves; turn off motorized equipment; de-energize electrical control panels; integration with staff notification systems including CrisisGO, WIN911, SMS. B2B Washington, Oregon, California https://www.rh2.com/risk-and-resilience 
Washington
Rick Ballard | 425-951-5328
Michele Campbell | 425-951-5394

Oregon
Taylor Stockton | 503-278-5356
Bob Willis | 503-446-2904
SkyAlert SkyAlert IoT On-site device Yes Yes   Stop elevators at nearest floor and prevent manual operation; open fire station bay doors; stop machinery; turn off gas valves. Alerting methods include strobe lights and audible alerts. B2B Washington, Oregon, California https://skyalertusa.com/ Alvaro Velasco – alvaro@skyalertusa.com
Valcom Valcom Earthquake Early Warning System (VEEWS) Notification Software   Yes   Audio and visual alerts using intercom, VOIP, or PA speakers, including ADA message boards via Valcom intercom hardware. B2B Washington, Oregon, California https://www.valcom.com/earthquake/ Lauren Mason – lmason@valcom.com
Varius, Inc. ShakeAlarm On-site device Yes Yes   Initiate alarms; throttle valves; turn off motorized equipment; de-energize electrical control panels; send alerts via PA systems, email, SMS; monitor pre- and post-earthquake building condition. B2B Washington, Oregon, California
Dan Ervin, P.E.
425-269-8479
dan.ervin@variusinc.com

 

The following ShakeAlert partners deliver ShakeAlert-powered alerts to the public via wireless devices, such as cell phones.

Licensed Operator

Product Name

Type of Product

Can automate infrastructure actions allowed under agreement with USGS

Can deliver alerts in public spaces where end-users are in controlled environments (e.g., hospitals, offices)

Can deliver public alerts to end-users in any environment (e.g., cell phone app)

Current implementation examples

Business-to-business (B2B) or Business-to-consumer (B2C)

Location availability of product, service, or application

Website

Preferred contact information

Google Android Earthquake Alerts Operating system notification     Yes No Information Provided by Licensed Operator B2C Washington, Oregon, California N/A the Android Earthquake Alerts team – android-usgs-external@google.com
MyShake™ MyShake Smart phone app     Yes  A smartphone app that delivers audio and visual alerts to individuals, in partnership with the California Office of Emergency Services. Users can view damage and shaking reports submitted by other community members along with detailed event information for quakes around the globe.[iOS/Android, English/Spanish, VoiceOver compatible] B2C Oregon, California https://myshake.berkeley.edu/ Richard Allen – rallen@berkeley.edu

 

The following ShakeAlert partners use their ShakeAlert-powered implementations for internal uses only and are not for redistribution.

Licensed Operator

EEW Product Name

Implementation Explanation

 

Business-to-business (B2B) or Business-to-consumer (B2C)

Location availability of product, service, or application

Website

Preferred contact information

Metrolink (SCRRA) / RailPros Commuter Rail Seismic Interface (CRSI) The Metrolink (SCRRA)/RailPros Metrolink EEW uses ShakeAlert data to notify Metrolink’s Positive Train Control (PTC) System that an earthquake is detected.  n/a; This is for Metrolink internal use only. California https://metrolinktrains.com/ Luis Carrasquero – CarrasqueroL@scrra.net
San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) BART EEW A ShakeAlert-powered BART Train-Control System Application that delivers earthquake early warning controls to BART trains.  n/a; This is for BART internal use only. California https://www.bart.gov/ Chung-Soo Doo – cdoo@bart.gov