Pilot Implementations

Pilot Users and Projects

The USGS is seeking a limited number of partners to cooperatively develop pilot projects to demonstrate the use of ShakeAlert System notifications and data streams in real-world applications.

Pilot organizations share all the characteristics of Beta users but, in addition, must be willing and able to commit to implementing one or more specific applications for ShakeAlert information to the point of practical demonstration. Not all proposed pilot projects will be selected for development. ShakeAlert is currently in a “production prototype” phase and is not yet ready for public release. Therefore, smartphone apps or other implementations with the primary goal of general public notification are not being considered at this time.

If your organization is interested in a pilot project, please contact us to discuss your project.


  • Qualifying pilot implementations must meet the following criteria:
    • be limited to actions or notifications within the applicant’s organization.
    • not result in notifications to the public or any individual who has not been trained in how to respond to ShakeAlert notifications or actions resulting from them.
    • be tolerant of system errors including false, missed, or late alerts and incorrect intensity estimates.
    • not have the potential to result in injury, damage, or loss.
    • be within areas with sufficient station coverage (e.g. metropolitan Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area).
    • have the capability to be tested using ShakeAlert test notifications and data streams.
    • be substantially different from other pilot projects.
    • have the potential for broader application by other users.

The ShakeAlert System provides earthquake notification and data streams using internet-based services. The USGS will provide API and data format documentation intended for developers. The USGS will also provide password protected access to a ShakeAlert test service and live streams from ShakeAlert production prototypes services. The ability of the USGS to provide application development support is very limited.

ShakeAlert is a cooperative project between the USGS and university partners including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of California at Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology. We encourage collaboration among all interested parties including beta users, pilot developers, universities, and government entities.

Qualifying organizations and their partners must accept the terms of the USGS’s ShakeAlert License Agreement and Terms of Service. Pilot projects intended to result in commercial products or services must be done under a technology transfer agreement with the USGS.

ShakeAlert V1.2 rolled out in April extending the “production prototype” to Washington and Oregon!

Beta Users - download the latest UserDisplay (V2.6.0)

Participating Institutions

Funding Partners