PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kinemetrics, Inc., the leader in developing and delivering solutions for monitoring earthquakes and their effects on people, business and structures, announced that the Seattle Children’s Hospital has become the first private healthcare organization to implement Kinemetrics’ OasisPlus to provide real-time tools and information needed before, during and after an earthquake. Combined with advanced seismic evaluations from partners Reid Middleton, OasisPlus integrates real-time data processing with emergency response plans.
OasisPlus is a technology platform that allows mission-critical facilities to prepare response teams and occupants more effectively before an earthquake, as well as to avoid unnecessary evacuations and business process interruptions to immediately secure ongoing critical operations following a seismic event. Better-informed decision-making -- driven by real-time data reported during an earthquake and after the shaking stops -- can deliver continuity of operations and ensure a coordinated and effective response.
OasisPlus has been designed with this in mind, providing unmatched situational awareness to decision-makers on site as well as structural engineers and leadership off-site. Combined with consumer-focused earthquake early warning, OasisPlus delivers an effective combination to mitigate the impact of an earthquake.
“Not all earthquakes require extreme response or full evacuation, and many times the ability to keep patients under care in place -- especially those in ICU settings -- can lead to better overall outcomes,” said Ogie Kuraica, president and CEO of Kinemetrics. “OasisPlus delivers an advanced, proven solution to hospitals and healthcare facilities that can enable smart, real-time decisions that take emergency preparedness and disaster recovery to the next level, providing building occupants and response teams with the information that they need immediately after the shaking stops.”
Seattle Children’s Hospital is known as an innovative leader in pediatric health and wellness, with individual cancer care, intensive care, cardiac ICU, medical/surgical unit, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), psychiatry and behavioral medicine unit and rehabilitation facilities on their main campus and will play a critical role in regional post-earthquake recovery. The OasisPlus deployment is another way that Seattle Children's Hospital is ensuring that they can deliver their mission of providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
The introduction of the OasisPlus solution into hospitals on the west coast is a logical expansion to areas that are (or will be) served by the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system. What do you do during and after an earthquake? OasisPlus addresses the need for those answers within occupied structures. OasisPlus is designed to support mission-critical organizations including utilities, transportation systems and educational facilities globally, and notable OasisPlus deployments include Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the Dubai World Trade Center.
Kinemetrics’ OasisPlus solution is comprised of four major components:
- Advanced sensing technology deployed in the structure that acquires essential data during shaking.
- Performance-based engineering analyses that are guided by international standards including ASCE 41 to provide meaningful performance-thresholds to base alert levels. This allows for conversion of measurement data into actionable information such as the probability of certain levels of damage at specific locations, and provides the basis for post-earthquake response actions such as where to inspect as well as what to look for.
- The command console that serves as the two-way information hub of OasisPlus and provides a high level of situational awareness for decision-making and response coordination. The command console includes real-time information from sensors, alert levels for impact expected in differing parts of the building, occupant check ins, injury and hazard reports, safety checks and building safety tagging. A detailed SAFE Report is automatically sent out to designated lists of recipients (leadership, response team, structural engineering firm, etc.) and instructions can be sent to mobile app users to better coordinate response. The command console also provides reports detailing actions taken during the event for after-action review and insurance needs.
- iOS and Android mobile apps deliver the functionality needed by occupants and response teams including information on recent earthquakes, response information and building exit routes. Occupants can provide real-time, on-the-ground information and check-in, report injuries or hazards, and receive instructions via the app, simplifying communication for elevated safety. Response teams can view and perform safety checks via the app that show up immediately on the command console to improve response coordination and timing.
For pre- and post-earthquake use, OasisPlus enables administrators to schedule drills to train and test their emergency procedures, and the system provides after-action reporting (AAR) for the practice. After an earthquake, OasisPlus provides detailed reporting of what happened to assess the effectiveness of emergency procedures and data needed to help speed recovery for the organization and local municipalities, including itemization of the results of safety checks, HICS response reporting and ATC-20 building inspection and tagging.
About Kinemetrics, Inc.
Based in Pasadena, Calif., Kinemetrics is the global leader in products, technologies and solutions for monitoring earthquakes and their effects on people and structures. The company, established in 1969 and currently celebrating its 50th anniversary has innovative seismic networks and structural monitoring systems that enable business and operational continuity, providing comprehensive services and solutions that protect human lives, capital assets and critical infrastructure investments. Kinemetrics’ technology helps scientists and researchers understand our planet and others, with cutting-edge solutions in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khaliah, seismic devices powering the backbone of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, and embedded systems onboard the InSight lander recording planetary quakes on Mars. For more information on Kinemetrics visit www.kinemetrics.com.