Sponsored by PSTL Science & Technology Park in Liguria, Hydro Group has collaborated with an Italian systems design company, SMID Technology of La Spezia, to develop an intelligent underwater communication system which allows a large number of detecting devices to be continuously deployed at sea in a vast area and to be connected to a receiving centre on shore.
The WEB is capable of interfacing with underwater sub-systems (known as host units) such as sonar, hydrophone arrays, acquisition systems, using only one cable and one control unit.
This new WEB system would benefit underwater networks such as port protection, traffic monitoring, seismic research and mammal survey, to name but a few.
Hydro Bond Engineering produced the connectors for the system, and the cable, specifically designed by Hydrocable Systems, has an overall diameter of less than 20mm; its bend radius provides easy transportation and deployment at sea and it has the added benefit of being able to interface with most sub-systems available on the market.
The WEB was sea-tested under the supervision of the NATO Underwater Research Centre, witnessed by Italian Navy Officers, Genoa University Professors and PSTL – the sponsors and fulfilled all requested scientific requirements.