(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Wireless networks may someday have a home in the ocean deep. According to a report from Phys.org on Monday, researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a wireless network meant to be deployed underwater.
The technology could assist with things like offshore oil and natural gas exploration in addition to pollution monitoring and tsunami/weather detection – the latter of which could help areas evacuate faster in the event of natural disasters.
The researchers previously tested the system in Lake Erie by dropping two 40-pound sensors into the lake. Researcher Hovannes Kulhandjian then typed a command into his laptop, offsetting what were said to be “high-pitched chirps” which echoed from a concrete wall, according to Phys.org.
University of Buffalo associate professor of electrical engineering Tommaso Melodia is expected to present more on the initiative during the International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems in Taiwan November 11th through 13th.
“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time,” commented Melodia in a University of Buffalo news release. “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.”
Meanwhile, Melodia also noted the system could be used to monitor “fish and marine animals,” allowing researchers to determine how to best protect them.