Updated May 24, 2019

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Low-cost, sensor-based earthquake resiliency solutions for seismically-vulnerable communities.

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Andres Meira

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Grillo in partnership with Amazon Web Services is opening its data, software and hardware to the public so that parallel earthquake-early warning systems can be created around the world. Grillo has also created a commercial product being sold in Mexico that monitors buildings for collapse after earthquakes.

Registered in Mexico.

Focus Areas:

Resilience, Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Humanitarian Assistance and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Resilience, Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Humanitarian Assistance, Response Technologies, Citizen Participation and TechnologySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Chile and Mexico

Chile and MexicoSEE LESS

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Earthquakes kill 13000 people every year and devastate economies. Children particularly are emotionally affected by earthquakes and the uncertainty of the next big event. Earthquakes impact developing economies greater than developed economies due to poor construction, weak government response, and lack of infrastructure for relief efforts.



Grillo has created a complete earthquake early-warning system ('OpenEEW') and deployed in Mexico and Chile. This provides up to 90 seconds of advance warning, depending on the location of the earthquake. This is the first EEW to be deployed internationally. Earthquakes do not respect geopolitical borders, and so this solution will help monitor seismic activity and broadcast the life-saving warnings to communities around the world.

Target Beneficiaries

Citizens in seismically-vulnerable areas.

Mission and Vision

Save as many lives as possible by providing tools that help people react before, and after an earthquake.

Innovation Description

Grillo's EEW is unique in that it has developed 3 proprietary components; IoT sensors with high performance accelerometer that streams raw telemetry, new algorithms that accurately and quickly determine if an earthquake is happening, and mobile apps/devices/APIs to allow different user groups to access the signal. This is all being done at no cost to the user. Following the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico, where many people died by re-entering damaged buildings after the shaking, we developed a new solution called 'Grillo Pulse'. This solution includes low cost sensors that constantly monitor buildings and tell occupants when it has become damaged.

Competitive Advantage

Less than 1% cost of state-sponsored systems in Mexico and Japan.

Planned Goals and Milestones

  • Growing community of users connected to the system.
  • Growing community around open sourcing of early-warning technology, and enabling parallel networks in new countries such as Nepal and Turkey.

  • To create a robust system that is always working.
  • To have notifications reach as many people as possible.
  • To generate income through enterprise solutions.
  • To save lives.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted24,000,000
New Implemented CountriesGuatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Nepal, Turkey

The Team Behind the Innovation

Grillo's team is composed mainly of scientists, with a total of 5 PhDs. Our team includes prominent seismologists from Mexico's UNAM university, as well as US-based. The chairman of our board is Gary Hattem, who for over 20 years ran the Deutsche Bank Foundation as President. The CEO is Andres Meira who previously lived and worked in Haiti for the Clinton Foundation, delivering important resiliency projects following the 2010 earthquake.




Mar 2019
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AWS Opendata
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jun 2015
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