EGU General Assembly 2023
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Enhancing remote monitoring of autonomous seismic stations

Marcel Paffrath1, Antje Schlömer2, Markus Terpoorten2, Sven Egdorf2, Arne Schwab3, and Wolfgang Friederich1
Marcel Paffrath et al.
  • 1Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • 2Geophysical Observatory, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
  • 3Schwab Research Technology, Achim, Germany

As part of the “Deutsches Seismologisches Breitband Array” (DSEBRA), a mobile station array of 100 identical seismological broadband stations, the remote monitoring devices “PowBox” were developed by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

The PowBoxes log and report the health status of the autonomously operating seismological stations, such as 12V/230V availability or battery temperature. With their various fail-safes the most common issues such as router and battery charger problems are fixed by automatic power resets and efforts and costs on unnecessary maintenance trips can be reduced.

More than 80 PowBoxes are now in operation for the first time with the deployment of the DSEBRA stations in South-East Europe as part of the AdriaArray project, a follow-up to the successful AlpArray project.

To ensure a good overview for the network operator, the modular Python software tool “survBot” was developed at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. It analyses the different state-of-health channels of the PowBox and the Datalogger, displays them in a graphical user interface or as a html-webpage and informs about emerging problems via e-mail. It is openly available on github.

How to cite: Paffrath, M., Schlömer, A., Terpoorten, M., Egdorf, S., Schwab, A., and Friederich, W.: Enhancing remote monitoring of autonomous seismic stations, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-15147,, 2023.