Protocol establishes common language between all underwater systems
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There has been a growing trend toward smart cities that use open standards for seamless aerial and terrestrial data sharing. We’ve seen auto-tinting windows, and clothes fitted with wireless tags that request to be donated if rarely worn. However, this so-called Internet of Things (IoT) has yet to enter the ocean. Underwater communication capabilities are currently manufacturer-specific, with submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) employing a mishmash of incompatible proprietary technologies. Given that 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, a standard ‘language’ for underwater communications is long overdue. NATO’s Italy-based Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation has…
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