Wireless communication through ice tests succeed

Field trials of a wireless system to communicate through ice succeeded, say WFS Technologies and Kongsberg Marine Subsea.

Offshore staff

LIVINGSTON, UK – Field trials of a wireless system to communicate through ice succeeded, say WFS Technologies and Kongsberg Marine Subsea. The trials in Horten, Norway this past February and March demonstrated the ability to communicate from sea water, through ice, and into the air using radio frequency technology.

The testing is part of WFS and Kongsberg Maritime’s efforts to develop a wireless system for finding and communicating with the HUGIN AUV in ice conditions. The through-ice radio location system aims to enable a surface vessel, helicopter, or aerial drone to find and communicate with the AUV at a range up to 1 km (0.62 mi).

The venture says its next step is to extend the range of communication and to integrate the technology with sub-ice vehicles.


07/14/2010

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