Polar Seismology Gets Connected with Xeos RUDICS Tunnel

RUTUS Tunnel Announcement
February 15, 2015 - Dartmouth, NS

Xeos Technologies Inc. is proud to announce its latest involvement with the IRIS/PASSCAL PoleNet project to measure and monitor live seismic activity in Antartica.

The IRIS/PASSCAL PoleNet Antarctic seismic project has had a few challenges along the way. Figuring out how to get large quantities of live streaming seismic data back from one of the most inhospitable environments on earth would be daunting enough. Trying to maintain a system of 60 such stations providing data for seismic analysis & prediction globally for 6 months of the year is when it gets challenging.

Enter Xeos Technologies. Xeos has been a supplier for the project for the past eight years, providing wireless relay stations for the seismic sensors that have to be “up” and transmitting data on a rigorous schedule. They operate in weather down to -55°C and transmit live streaming data via Iridium RUDICS.

Xeos is launching a new updated data portal this year, after extensive testing in tandem with IRIS/PASSCAL. The data portal manages the live data transmission through a single RUDICS connection, minimizing the chance of dropped calls.

“This is one of the projects we’re really proud to be a part of. “ says Derek Inglis, President of Xeos Technologies Inc. “Its fantastic to imagine all these stations in the barren wasteland of ice, in frigid temperatures, transmitting data that better allows us to understand the way the whole planet is affected by seismic activity. Overcoming all the hurdles posed by the environment and the difficulty in getting access to the equipment has been very satisfying.”

IRIS PASSCAL
Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) (http://www.passcal.nmt.edu/content/polar)

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