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Researchers test underwater wi-fi for deep-sea internet

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Researchers test underwater wi-fi for deep-sea internet

Imagine if wi-fi is available underwater, perhaps professional divers can easily share deep-sea photos or even post a real time status update on Facebook while working at the depths of the ocean.

While you might think of accessing social media as the first advantage, this discovery could have a far greater use than we can imagine. The Team of researchers from University of Buffalo, New York, this technology can be a reliable warning system to detect tsunamis.

Underwater communication has been used by different organizations for some time, but the challenge occur in getting separate systems to communicate with each other.

The goal of researchers is to make interaction and data-sharing easier using a standard for underwater communication.

We use normal wi-fi that utilizes radio waves but it has a limited range and stability when penetrating water. Submerged wireless technology on the other hand, uses sound waves which is a better option.

“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.

“Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”

“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.

“Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”

Test Performed

Lake Erie, near Buffalo – A test was conducted by dropping two 40lb (18kg) sensors into the water to bouys that could convert sound waves to radio waves. Using the transmitted information on their laptop, they’ve seen series of high-pitched chirps that indicated a successful test.

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Similar to our hopes, the team wants the possibility of using this technology to detect and help resolve environmental issues in the future. Success discovery of this technology can lead to a greater ease of combining data gathering efforts among organizations.

 

 

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