IEEE Oceans Singapore

A demonstrator for future fiber-optic active smart repeaters

Nuno A. Cruz(1), A. Silva(2), F. Zabel(3), B. Ferreira(1), S.M. Jesus(2),
M.S. Martins(1), E. Pereira(4), T. Matos(5), R. Viegas(6),
J. Rocha(5) and J. Faria(7)
(1) INESCTEC-FEUP, Porto, Portugal
(2) LARSyS, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
(3) Marsensing Lda., Faro, Portugal
(4) ISISE, Univ. Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
(5) CMEMS, Uni. Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
(6) LARSyS, IST-UTL, Lisboa, Portugal
(7) DSTelecom, Braga, Portugal

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Ref.: OCEANS MTS/IEEE, Singapore, April 2024

The deep-sea environment still presents many challenges for systematic, comprehensive data acquisition. The current generation of SMART cables incorporates low-power sensors in long-range telecommunication cables to improve knowledge of ocean variables, aid in earthquake and tsunami warnings, and enhance coastal protection. The K2D Project seeks to expand SMART cables' capabilities by increasing the diversity of sensors along deep water cables, integrating active devices, and leveraging mobile platforms like deep-water AUVs, thereby improving spatial coverage and advancing ocean monitoring technology. This paper discusses a demonstration of these capabilities, focusing on the description of the main building blocks developed along the project, with results from a sea deployment in September 2023.

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