Design considerations for deploying underwater sensor networks

Raja Jurdak*, Antonio G. Ruzzelli, Cristina Videira Lopes, Gregory M P O'Hare

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The reliance of underwater network deployments on specialized hardware for acoustic communication and modulation has impeded wide scale deployments of underwater sensor networks. This paper examines a system that integrates software modems with generic speakers and microphones that are built-in to sensor modules for establishing underwater acoustic links. Building on our recent field experiment in a river, canal, pond, and swimming pool, this paper outlines the technical and logistical challenges for deploying software-driven underwater sensor network. The software modem design choices include methods for signal modulation at the sender, and symbol synchronization, signal filtering, and signal demodulation at the receiver. Higher layer communication protocol issues are also discussed, with a focus on cross-layer optimization. Practical solutions to logistical deployment challenges, such as waterproofing and casing, calibration, and fouling are proposed. The design guidelines in this paper lay the groundwork for further development of software-driven of underwater sensor networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications SENSORCOMM 2007, Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0769529887, 9780769529882
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications, SENSORCOMM 2007 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 14 Oct 200720 Oct 2007


Other2007 International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications, SENSORCOMM 2007


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