Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer
November 24, 2012 — A student at New Zealand's Victoria University is developing a wireless sensor that monitors the damage inflicted on buildings during an earthquake.
A wireless sensor developed in New Zealand could provide a cost-effective solution to monitoring building damage caused by an earthquake.
Developed by Daniel Tomicek, a fourth year Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering student, the device runs off the energy created by a quake -- unlike traditional sensors, which run on batteries or electricity.
When the device picks up movement, it records the strength of the vibration and sends the information to an off-site computer.
“The biggest challenge has been figuring out how to make the sensor work from a cold start—how to ensure the initial packet of information was sent, given that earthquake movements begin so suddenly,” Daniel said in a statement.
While his device is still in the testing phase, the results have been promising.
Some experts are calling the product a potential "step forward" for earthquake assessment.