Recent advances in electronics and robotics enable automated and potentially unsupervised environmental underwater inshore monitoring with swarms of small, low-power, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). To enable flexible and self-organizing operation, underwater communication is required. However, existing solutions aim at long-distance communication, leading to high unit cost, high power consumption, and large dimensions; hence rendering their application in robot swarms practically and economically infeasible. In this paper, we present our ongoing development of a low-power low-cost underwater modem for acoustic communication. It features a low unit cost, small form factor, and low power consumption. It is flexible, robust, and achieves a suitably high data rate and low transmission delay for swarm coordination tasks.
|Title of host publication
|Quantitative Monitoring of the Underwater Environment: Results of the International Marine Science and Technology Event MOQESMtextasciiacute14 in Brest, France
|Benoît Zerr, Luc Jaulin, Vincent Creuze, Nathalie Debese, Isabelle Quidu, Benoît Clement, Annick Billon-Coat
|Number of pages
|Place of Publication
|Springer International Publishing
|Published - 04.06.2016