Rapid Event Notification System - REF TEK 130-REN

Posted on December 5th, 2016 by vapro

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  • Combines standard RTP data transmission and rapid event notification
  • Outputs digital data every 0.2 seconds
  • 100% end-to-end error correction
  • Data processing interface receives real-time data


Rapid detection and characterization of earthquakes is essential for earthquake early warning systems, which have the ability to alert nearby populations about the approach of potentially damaging seismic waves (e.g. Allen and Kanamori 2003; Kanamori 2005).

The new REF TEK seismic recorder, model 130-REN has been specifically designed to meet the key requirements for Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) Systems and Rapid Event Notification (REN) Systems which include:

Quick delivery of digital data from seismic station to the acquisition and processing center, and data integrity for real-time earthquake notification in order to provide warning prior to significant ground shaking.

Additionally, the 130-REN recorder includes all customer requested options already incorporated in the 130S, which include:

  • Wide power input voltage range: 9-24 VDC
  • Wide signal input voltage range: 40 VPP
  • Increased dynamic range: >138dB
  • Low power: 1.25 Watt (3 channel, GPS, writing to disk, with communications)

Additional 130-REN features include:

  • Dual RTP links for redundant central recording site
  • Data latency over LAN 0.4 sec. nominal
  • 100% end-to-end error correction
  • Data stored on the CF disk for backfilling of missing data
  • Rack-mount case (optional)

The 130-REN uses RTPD as the communication server. The new version of RTPD is backward compatible to handle both standard 130 data transmission (RTP) and rapid event notification (REN). The 130-REN Recorder allows output digital data every 0.2 sec. This is a significant reduction in the time delay required for real-time transmission of the currently available digitizers. Modified REF TEK Protocol Daemon (RTPD) receives the digital data and acknowledges data received without error. RTPD forwards all received data in real-time to the processing clients.

The 130-REN keeps track of what data has not been acknowledged and re-transmits the data giving priority to current data using backfilling algorithm. When a re-transmitted packet is acknowledged by RTPD, the packet is then stored in Archive by order of time received. The data processing interface receives only real-time data.

Modified RTPD protocol provides:

  • Acquire data into 200 msec multiplexed packets
  • Digital filter delay is ~150 msec
  • Time to construct the packet average 50 msec
  • Delay time from sample time to transmission and receive nominally 400 msec

To summarize, data is transmitted every 200 msec and has a 400 msec delay time when decoded across a direct LAN connection.

The modified algorithm in the 130-REN recorder provides a unique opportunity for customers to meet the critical requirements of the Rapid Seismic Event Notification System to detect strong ground shaking at one or several locations and transmit the notification ahead of the seismic energy affecting the populated area.


  • Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)
  • Rapid Event Notification (REN)
  • Broadband Studies
  • Aftershock Studies

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