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Plans to install quake monitoring equipment in 400 Wellington buildings

It is proposed the devices will be hooked into the Kite network, a city-wide grid of receivers being developed with Japanese company NEC, that could feed information back council's Emergency Operations Centre.It is proposed the devices will be hooked into the Kite network, a city-wide grid of receivers being developed with Japanese company NEC, that could feed information back council's Emergency Operations Centre.

19 April 2017 - Plans are being hatched to install earthquake-measuring devices in 400 Wellington buildings, making the capital the first city on the planet with such extensive coverage.

The devices, called accelerometers, provide immediate feedback on the how much shaking a building has endured in an earthquake.

Once they have been installed in a third of Wellington's 1200 commercial buildings, the network will let Civil Defence and the council know where to focus their evacuation efforts and which buildings should be inspected first.

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