Underwater wi-fi given test run to create 'deep-sea internet'
Date published: 18th October 2013
Wireless communication underwater has been possible for some time, but the problem lies in getting separate systems used by different organisations to communicate with each other.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for instance, uses acoustic waves to send data from tsunami sensors on the sea floor to buoys on the surface.
However due to infrastructure differences, this data cannot be shared quickly with other information gathered by the US Navy.
Therefore, the University of Buffalo team is attempting to create a shared standard.
"A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyse data from our oceans in real time," said Tommaso Melodia, lead researcher.
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