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Earthquake Sensitive Appliances and Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199524D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for earthquake sensitive appliances and devices where the devices are equipped with sensors to detect the vibrations created by an earthquake and respond to those vibrations by performing a specific action to disable or otherwise secure a specific object.

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Earthquake Sensitive Appliances and Devices

Around the world, there is an urgent need for smarter solutions for protection from gas explosions and other hazards that occur as a result of natural disasters. One solution is earthquake-sensitive devices and appliances that can shut down gas lines, disable the devices, and reduce the impact of these events. This invention allows municipalities as well as local service providers (private power, water, gas, etc) to more efficiently service their customers in a case of an outage or catastrophe.

An earthquake sensitive device is an appliance that can detect the vibrations created by an earthquake and respond to those vibrations by performing a specific action to disable or otherwise secure a specific object. A central management box installed in homes can aggregate data collected from devices spread across a property. These boxes are linked into utility companies to report problems, resulting in smarter utility management. When a residential area reports several device outages, a utility company receives instant feedback and is able to respond more quickly than they are currently capable of doing.

Current disaster-sensitive solutions include permanently installing earthquake-safe latches on cabinets. Earthquake latches can be a nuisance when opening cabinets, which involves actively latching and unlatching the locking mechanism. With a smart device in place, cabinets are free to open quickly and easily and will be locked down only when the need arises.

Likewise, after a large earthquake it is essential to cut off gas lines in case of leaks; however, it may be...