Seismologists from the SRC have been heavily involved in the development of the latest generation of seismographs and accelerographs that are now manufactured by ESS Earth Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. Performance and reliability are a fundamental priority for this type of instrumentation, but real world usability was high on the list for the Gecko, and there is no-one better than a team of field seismologists and data analysts to contribute to this aspect of instrument design.
The Gecko is supremely simple to use in the field. With its in-built display and keypad it can be completely configured without the need to connect a laptop or use a mobile device via Bluetooth or WiFi – your user interface is always there, ready to go. As soon as you power up a Gecko it is recording continuous data to the removable SD card within seconds, and it will continue to do so, trimming away the oldest data as the 32GB storage approaches capacity. It stores data in the most common earthquake data format, MiniSEED, but adds companion files so that our Waves viewing software displays corrected ground motion values, not just raw recorder counts.
The Gecko range now has 6 models: the budget Compact recorder; the Rugged waterproof recorder; the SMA strong motion accelerograph with internal triaxial accelerometer; the SMA-HR with integrated high resolution triaxial accelerometer, the Helix short period seismograph, and the Prism broadband seismograph. The Gecko is Australian designed and built, and competitively priced in the professional seismograph market. Download the Gecko data sheet, view the seismic product range at ESS Earth Sciences, or contact us for more information.