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Subsea Telecom News: Lighthouse completes cabled seismic and tsunami detection system

Posted on 05.03.2007 - 14:00 EST in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

A Houston based research and development company, Lighthouse R & D Enterprises, Inc, has recently completed the development of the first integrated real-time cabled seismic and tsunami detection system. This one-of-a-kind package incorporates a highly Seismometer, and an accelerometer. Integrating sensitive scientific equipment in this configuration is only made possible via fiber optic cable and is not supportable by buoy-based systems, which are limited by available power and bandwidth.

The Lighthouse Environmental Tsunami – Ocean Bottom Seismic (LET-OBS) was demonstrated to senior members of Oman's tsunami preparedness taskforce and other key officials from around the Indian Ocean on January 30, 2007 in Muscat, Oman.

The LET-OBS prototype will become part of the Lighthouse Ocean Research Initiative (L.O.R.I.) by mid April 2007 and operational after system checks are performed. Data will be received from the northwest fringe of the Makron subduction Zone, Gulf of Oman, and will offer the community a reliable, long-term, real-time, and full duplex solution for characterizing seismically complex areas utilizing data unprecedented to date. In addition, the LET-OBS can operate as a stand alone national effort or seamlessly integrate with the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS) or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).
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