Earthquakes are a reality of life in some places and their impact can be devastating. That’s why we designed Beacon – an award-winning, real-time notification service that helps assess and manage the impact of earthquakes on buildings and structures.
Born out of the lessons learnt following New Zealand’s 2013 Seddon and Cook Straight earthquakes and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, Beacon uses big data to help our clients in the wake of an earthquake.
How does Beacon work?
Beacon’s innovative software indicates the potential for damage to your assets by combining live earthquake information with insights gathered from your assets’ own seismic assessments. It sends out automated alerts (via app, text or email) within minutes of an earthquake to warn you about buildings in the earthquake’s vicinity that may be affected. Enhanced information can also be obtained by fitting physical sensors to your assets.
What are the benefits of Beacon?
- Fast information – within minutes of an earthquake you are given intelligent information, enabling you to make informed decisions. Previously, obtaining this information may have taken days of scarce engineer resources.
- Portfolio view – this allows you to understand where in your portfolio you need to prioritise your resources, and helps co-ordinate communications with your stakeholders.
- Staff reassurance – by reassuring your team you have an objective process for triaging property risk.
- Leverages existing building information – Beacon provides additional value from the seismic assessments you have already completed.
The Beacon System has received high accolades, winning the 2018 Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service award at the NZ High-Tech Awards.