Terrestrial Wi-Fi to Boost Underwater Communications

Quite a few subsea equipment manufacturers have expressed interest in learning more about “subsea acoustic Wi-Fi” and the firm is in discussions about possible trials.

One of AquaSeNT’s founders has started a National Science Foundation-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, or I/UCRC. The program’s objective is to encourage businesses to sponsor applied research at universities, and also to encourage university researchers to focus some effort towards research areas that directly address technical challenges that offshore businesses face.

UConn is working with the University of Washington (UW), which also has a strong portfolio of research work related to oceanography and offshore data collection, Hanson noted. The focus of UConn and UW’s I/UCRC is “smart ocean technology;” innovation to capitalize on emerging cyber technology to advance offshore activity.


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