The objective of the UNDERWORLD project is to reevaluate the electromagnetic communications in underwater sensor networks. This milestone will be carried out as a combination of theoretical contributions, measurement campaigns, modeling, and software and hardware developments. In fact, the main value of this project is the balance between all these aspects to ultimately create an operative Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSN) to be properly prototyped towards the technological transfer to interested companies.
This big challenge is feasible just due to the combination of backgrounds and complementary skills of the three involved institutions: the Poyltechnic University of Madrid (UPM), as roject coordinator and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands as associated partners.
The UNDERWORLD Project is co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (50%) and by the European Regional Development Fund (50%) in the scope of the Research, Development and Innovation program focused on the Society Challenges in the framework of the Scientific, Technic and Innovation Plan 2013-2016, section 1: “Research Challenges”, R+D+I Projects, Call 2013.
The UNDERWORLD project wrap-up meeting was held in PLOCAN on the 31st of May, as part of the dissemination activities among researchers and interested companies of the sector. The objective of this meeting was to present the results of the UNDERWORLD project, to explain the potential users of the systems developed, with a view to stimulating lines of co-operation and future applications for the modem systems developed in the project.
UNDERWORLD project results were submitted at “XXXI Simposium Nacional de la Unión Científica Internacional de Radio”, URSI 2016 in Madrid.
UNDERWORLD project results were submitted at Underwater Communications and Networking Conference "UComms 2016” from 30 August to 1 September 2016 in Lerici (Italy).
The project has addressed a first contact with the propagation of electromagnetic fields for underwater monitoring. A full detail about the measurement setup can be found in "Experimental testbed for seawater channel characterization" Pablo Mena et al. (2016).
A total of 24 measurement sessions were carried out until May 2016. Firstly in controlled environment and secondly in shallow sea.