AquaOptical: A lightweight device for high-rate long-range underwater point-to-point communication

Marek Doniec, Carrick Detweiler, Iuliu Vasilescu, Mandar Chitre, Matthias Hoffmann-Kuhnt, Daniela Rus

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Abstract

This article describes AquaOptical, an underwater optical communication system. Three optical modems have been developed: a long-range system, a short-range system, and a hybrid system.We describe their hardware and software architectures and highlight trade-offs. We present pool and ocean experiments with each system. In clear water, AquaOptical achieved a data rate of 1.2 Mbit/s at distances up to 30 m. In water with visibility estimated at 3 m, AquaOptical achieved communication at data rates of 0.6 Mbit/s at distances up to 9 m.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalMarine Technology Society Journal
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Optical communication
  • Underwater
  • Wireless

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

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