Earthquakes and the internet of things

I had a call with somebody in San Francisco the other day.  On that occasion, I remembered that San Francisco (and Silicon Valley) is located in one of the most geologically active regions in the world.

My first thought was, “why would one build one of the largest technology centers in the world in one of the most geologically active regions in the world?”.  My second thought was, “are there any recent technological developments that might improve monitoring of geological events?”.

So I ran a search in mergeflow, using the query “seismic data” AND real-time (I do not really know anything about seismic events but I think “real-time” is probably important in this context).  Since I am no expert on seismic data analysis, I did not look at the technologies per se (because I probably could not really evaluate them anyways) but at company activities instead.  Here is a screenshot excerpt of what I found in our “investor news” and “technology offerings” standard source repositories (I did not look at “science and technology publications” because as a non-expert I probably would not have been able to understand technological papers in this area anyways):

companies_graph

(please click on the screenshot in order to see a bigger version)

  • yellow nodes: my search terms
  • green nodes: company names
  • purple nodes: investors

What I found particularly interesting was the cluster in the upper right side around “Wireless Seismic”:

http://www.wirelessseismic.com/

Chesapeake Solar (http://www.grosolar.com/) and Chesapeake Energy (http://www.chk.com) are stakeholders, and Energy Ventures (http://www.energyventures.no/) and Total Energy Ventures (http://www.total.com/) are investors.

The reason I found “Wireless Seismic” particularly interesting is the “wireless” part because it screams “internet of things”.  I am curious to see what happens next in this technology field!