Xiaomi added an earthquake warning system to its phones


Xiaomi added an earthquake warning system to its phones

Xiaomi added an earthquake warning system to its phones

As media The Register writes Xiaomi has recently added an earthquake warning system to a number of its smartphones and the process of adding this feature to Xiaomi phones, has started as a trial in Indonesia. The earthquake warning system appears to be the result of a collaboration between Xiaomi and government agencies in China and Indonesia. The Xiaomi system is called EEW (which stands for Earthquake Early Warning) and is offered on devices equipped with the version 12, 12.5, or 13 are MIUI UIs, it warns users in Indonesia who have enabled the feature of “nearby vibrations”.

Earthquake secondary provides “warning duration of seconds to tens of seconds”. The speed of these electric waves is naturally much higher than the speed of secondary earthquake waves.

An example of an earthquake warning system in Xiaomi phones

Users living in areas affected by earthquakes are warned They receive video and audio on their device. The visual warning of the EEW system includes the magnitude of the earthquake, the estimated time of arrival and the intensity of the impending earthquake. Modified Mercali intensity joins the event. It should be mentioned that Indonesia is one of the countries that has the most active volcanoes in the world and small earthquakes usually occur in this country. Also, due to Indonesia’s position in the seismic belt of the Pacific Ocean, the residents of this country constantly witness large earthquakes.

The United States Geological Survey reports that between 1901 and 2019, more than 150 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 7 occurred in Indonesia. This means that Indonesia has been host to a major earthquake once every 9 months. Such earthquakes are the ones that cover the world’s news media and cause heavy human casualties and financial losses. (to ICL) was designed in Chengdu, China and Indonesian Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (known as BMKG).

ICL, which is supported by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, began working on earthquake detection technology in 2008. The agency says it sent 65 damaging earthquake warnings to Chinese residents “without any false alarms.” More than a decade after beginning the development of earthquake detection technology, ICL partnered with BMKG to bring the system to Indonesia. After this, the earthquake warning is sent to the user through the Internet. ICL has been able to add an earthquake warning system to 13 Chinese cities in Sichuan.

Indonesian version of ICL technology takes things to a newer level due to cooperation with Xiaomi. Indonesia is the second country in the world to host EEW, but it is the first country in the world to use this technology in phones.

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We have already seen the development of similar systems to warn of earthquakes and other natural disasters. In 2016, an app developed by the University of California, Berkeley and the telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom used the accelerometer sensor in smartphones to detect seismic activity and alert users.

The mentioned application called MyShake faced various reactions. Users often said that MyShake consumes a lot of battery and shows frequent alerts, and sometimes doesn’t issue any alerts at all. The designers of MyShake clearly stated that their app cannot replace traditional seismic networks.

while Xiaomi’s EEW technology relies on these traditional systems. On the phone, when the seismological organization detects that an earthquake has occurred, it shares the initial warning data with Xiaomi servers through a dedicated channel, and Xiaomi makes this data available to users.

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