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ROHM Ultra-Compact High Accuracy Earthquake Detection Sensor Module

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ROHM has announced the availability of an ultra-compact high accuracy seismic detection sensor module, BP3901, which is ideal for applications requiring reliable earthquake detection, such as automatic doors, unmanned transport vehicles, and smart meters.

Functions for accurately detecting vibration when an earthquake occurs and for stopping operation of equipment have garnered increased interest to prevent secondary disasters caused by fires and other factors in the aftermath of an earthquake. Similar functions to quickly detect damage conditions and assist with early recovery are also demanded in various infrastructures such as buildings and roads. However, mechanical earthquake detectors can only detect the presence/absence of vibration and cannot distinguish whether the vibration is due to an actual earthquake or to other external factors, which often results in false positives.

In response, ROHM developed an ultra-compact (11.8 x 8.6 x 2.5 mm) BP3901 that integrates an original earthquake detection algorithm and offers high accuracy. In addition, a false detection prevention function is built in and it is capable of accurately distinguishing between vibration due to earthquakes or other external factors. It also has an angle correction function (±15° allowable mounting angle) that can correct for unintentional tilt of the module, further improving detection accuracy.

ROHM will continue to develop algorithms optimized for different vibration detection and expand its sensor module lineup. We will also offer total solutions for customer applications that contribute to greater safety and convenience by leveraging wireless technologies, such as Wi-SUN that is optimized for smart meter networks.


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