Scientists developed `underwater Wi-Fi’ to control sea robots

January 24, 2015 - via Tomsk Polytechnic University

MOSCOW: Russian Scientists at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)  are working on a modem that will be able to provide users the ability to connect to the internet in an underwater environment. “The first results show a capacity for a 1.2 kbp/s connection under conditions of [underwater] constraints. Today, according to our data, similar devices in Russia operate at a speed of 0.2 kbp/s.

Simulations have been carried out, and new prototypes have been created with pressure and temperature sensors. The technical characteristics of the devices are on a level comparable with the best foreign analogues, and have no analogues in Russia,” said Yuri Svinolupov, the head of the Laboratory of Telecommunications, Instrumentation and Marine Geology.

Svinolupov noted that this year, scientists are planning to conduct tests on the modems together with the Institute of Marine Technology (IMT) of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on Saturday.

The TPU and the IMT are presently engaged in the development of communications systems for underwater robotics. The new modem is needed for the control of deep-sea vehicles, environmental measurement, geological research and the exploration of mineral resources in the seas and the oceans.

According to Omsk Region Deputy Governor Mikhail Sonkin, the IMT is already creating vehicles capable of operating at a depth of six kilometers under water, and work is underway on the creation of an apparatus which can reach the depths of the Mariana Trench -almost 12 kilometers.

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