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Acoustic communication network for monitoring of underwater environment in coastal areas (ACME)

Objective

ACME aims at designing robust communication and protocol algorithms, which will be implemented and tested in a prototype of a shallow water acoustic communication network capable of conveying data from several underwater environmental sensors to a central node. Such a fully acoustic communication network, new in Europe, will allow permanent monitoring of sea environment in areas where it is impossible at present (shipping lanes, estuaries). Method: 1-Specification of system mostly by the main end user (plain partner), according to a realistic application (e.g. sediment, pollution or current monitoring) 2-Design of new advanced algorithms and mock-up of a multi-node prototype network based upon modified parts of existing acoustic modems. 3-Intensive and long term tests of the algorithms by operating the prototype under severe conditions.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THALES UNDERWATER SYSTEMS SAS
Address
Route Des Dolines 525
Sophia Antipolis
France

Participants (4)

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Netherlands
Address
Kanaalweg 3B
2628 EB Delft
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Netherlands
Address
63,Oude Waalsdorperweg 63
2509 JG Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
ORCA INSTRUMENTATION S.A.R.L.
France
Address
Rue Pierre Rivoallon 5
29200 Brest
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Kensington Terrace 6
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne