These sensors will sit dormant in the walls of the building until they are activated by movement. The sensors themselves will actually be charged by the movements, meaning they can work indefinitely without the use of batteries or a power supply. This allows these sensors to be very attractive in a specific environment where there is no power source, parts durability or security aspects (safe from being hacked) is of concern
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The sensors will not only monitor how a building reacts during an earthquake, both large and small but also the day to day stresses that the building goes under, both of which are valuable information to civil engineers.
In the future, these sensors could help not only to protect our buildings and reduce the extraordinary cost of rebuilding but also save lives through providing first responders a tool with which they can rapidly assess buildings they need to address first.