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Scientists develop underwater Internet

Jonathan Marker | Science Recorder | October 16, 2013

Scientists develop underwater Internet

A deep-sea Internet has numerous applications, including linking buoy networks that detect tsunamis.

According to an October 14 news release from the University at Buffalo (UB), the long-hydrophobic Internet may soon get its sea legs.  Researchers at UB are currently developing a deep-sea Internet, which could lead to drastic improvements in tsunami detection, oil and natural gas exploration offshore, undersea surveillance, pollution monitoring, and other contributions.

“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time,” said Tommaso Melodia, UB associate professor of electrical engineering, as well as the project’s 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.”

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