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Sonardyne Leads AUV Collaboration Project

The UK-based underwater positioning and communications technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has initiated a collaborative project to drive a major step change in ocean system autonomy for long-endurance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).The aim of the Innovate UK-supported Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project is to enable AUVs to operate at high levels of navigation performance with less surface support and for longer periods.The provider of underwater acoustic, inertial, optical and sonar technology said in a release that with partners L3 ASV and the National Oceanograp

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MainOne Cable System to Extend to Francophone Region

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom  has secured a contract from connectivity and data center solutions provider MainOne to extend its active submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region with two additional branches connecting Senegal (Dakar) and Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan). These new branches will connect to MainOne’s 7,000km cable system, which extends from Portugal to Nigeria, and will inject new technology that upgrades the system to a potential capacity of 10TBps by November 2019 when the subsea system becomes operational.With this development

TE SubCom to Design and Deploy Google's New Cable System

Undersea communications technology firmTE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced it has been selected by Google as the supplier of its Dunant submarine cable system. The four-fiber pair cable system will span over 6,400km and will connect the East Coast of the United States to Europe, adding dedicated capacity to Google’s global network and will enable interconnection to other subsea infrastructure in the region.Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said the Dunant cable system will be built using SubCom’s A1 cable family, which is optimized for projects compatible with higher

TE SubCom Launches Ocean Control Suite

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company specializing in undersea communications technology, has introduced its Ocean Control suite. This technology represents a leap forward in network control efficiency through software-defined networking (SDN). By enabling automated control over all parts of a communications network, the Ocean Control suite offers extensive remote programmability and control of an entire communications network, both terrestrial and undersea. This will substantially increase the capabilities, efficiencies and options available to an external orchestrator.The suite uses RESTful

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

electronic and communications connectivity into the subsea domain. Based on a presentation given by Tom Rooney, Lead Trainer at Sonardyne, at the Digital Ocean conference held in Galway, Ireland in June 2017, this article describes the current state of play in the subsea acoustics and optical communications technology field, presents examples of the many ways these technologies are being applied and considers how the digital ocean may work in the future.   U.K.-based subsea acoustics and digital communications specialist Sonardyne International has been a major player in the offshore energy sector

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Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

Steve Barrett, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Oceaneering. This timely new track will report upon cost-reduction measures which have been successfully implemented across all sectors of offshore developments. Another new track scheduled for Wednesday is Ocean Information & Communications Technology, chaired by Nick Lambert, Maritime Domain Expert at the Satellite Applications Catapult; Dr Clare Postlethwaite, Coordinator of the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN); and Dr Helen Wells, Business Group Leader of Meteorology and Science at the Met Office. This session

JUPITER Cable Map (Photo: TE SubCom)

TE SubCom Announces Contract for Jupiter Cable

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, together with a consortium of six prominent telecom and content service providers, has announced that the supply contract for the JUPITER Cable system has come into force.   Scheduled to be ready for service by early 2020, the JUPITER Cable system will connect the following locations: Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. The new transpacific route will provide greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for customers

TE Connectivity SubCom’s CS Global Sentinel (Photo: TE SubCom)

Hawaiki Transpacific Cable Set for Installation

, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso as the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.   For Hawaiki, more than 14,000 km of cable and more than 170 completed repeaters were manufactured by TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company at the undersea communications technology specialist’s Newington, N.H. facility.   The cable has now been fully loaded onto the vessel CS Global Sentinel, and the CS Responder load is near completion.   “With the cable load process concluding on schedule, we will soon launch the installation phase of the

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

focus on sensor technology in the Ocean Observation and Sensing track; and a look at the technologies driving operational and cost efficiencies for the offshore oil and gas sector in the Oil and Gas track.   Papers are welcomed on a further new technical track, Ocean Information and Communications Technology, which will be a highlight of the 2018 conference program in line with the inaugural Ocean ICT Expo, launched as a part of Oceanology International to meet the growing demand and interest in the cutting-edge of marine and ocean IT, communications, satellite and data solutions. Submissions

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

solutions, MetOcean Telematics said it will deliver reliable, global satellite communications and support to the Government of Canada.   Canada, the second-largest country by total area, occupying 3.85 million square miles, will now deploy the latest in MetOcean Telematics satellite communications technology, enabling quick responses in areas that are not serviced by conventional mobile communications technology. This will provide the Canadian Government with the tools to monitor and respond to emergency and disaster response situations in remote areas of the country.   Iridium is currently

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Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

to freely roam wherever they want worldwide and the equipment self-configures to the most appropriate connection in the given conditions – making IoT applications a reality, even in the middle of the ocean. This type of reliability opens a window to what customers can achieve through communications technology and connectivity, allowing them to derive benefits from the IoT that weren’t previously available.    Uncontended TDMA Networks  Another way Harris CapRock achieves connectivity is through uncontended Time Divisional Multiple Access (TDMA) networks. TDMA networks

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TE Subcom Supplies MAREA Submarine Cable System

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.   TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.   As announced by Facebook and

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

Liquid Robotics Adds Three to Strategic Advisory Board

Robotics, developer of long-duration, unmanned ocean robots, announced the addition of three U.S. defense and oceanographic luminaries to their Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). The new members will join the existing advisory board comprised of 18 industry experts across the defense, foreign affairs, communications/technology and science industries.   The new advisors are: Admiral Timothy J. Keating, United States Navy (Ret.), former Commander of the United States Pacific Command whose mission was to preserve the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region with an area of responsibility

The Subsea Internet of Things

being used to monitor heart rate, temperature, stress or location. At the end of the swim, the user can see a log of the number of strokes, speed, acceleration and depth. This is possible for the first time, thanks to an Edinburgh-based underwater electronics company opening up its wireless communications technology to the commercial marketplace.    WFS Technologies said it has established itself as the world leader in Seatooth technology, a through-water wireless communications system. Up until now, this has been mostly used in the offshore and defense sectors. Seatooth technology, however

TE SubCom to Upgrade to Southeast Asia Cable System

Upgrade to Deliver Capacity Increase Utilizing TE SubCom’s C100U+ Technology   Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has signed a contract to perform its third network upgrade to the South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC) System. Utilizing TE SubCom’s latest 100 Gb/s coherent transmission technology (C100U+), this third upgrade increases the capacity by 6.3 Tb/s.   The SJC System links Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines. The upgrade of the 8,986-kilometer system increases capacity to meet the continued rising demand for businesses

Tracey Haslam, President, Harris CapRock (Photo: Harris CapRock)

Harris CapRock Connectivity Assists Oceaneering ROV Ops

the pilot to execute assignments ranging from simple video monitoring to highly complex vessel inspection tasks.  The satellite link enables Oceaneering to pilot the ROV from offshore, from another vessel, or from an onshore command center. Harris CapRock’s innovative data/video communications technology was originally developed to aid technical support personnel onshore to help diagnose faults offshore.    "Oceaneering is a technological leader that continues to find new ways to leverage the bandwidth provided by Harris CapRock,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris

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