The future of mankind is dependent on careful monitoring, control and exploitation of the marine environments. The combination of an underwater Internet of Things (IoT), implemented through Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks, and the integration of the resulting underwater IoT system into the Future Internet can provide the missing effective, pervasive means to sense, monitor and control ocean processes to sustainably manage our planet resources.
Creating the ‘Internet of Underwater Things’ is a critical challenge for the future of humanity. Thanks to the international project SUNRISE, seas, lakes and rivers will soon create large digital highways for data transfer from sensors, robots, and next-generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicles capable of performing tasks too dangerous for humans.
These include environmental monitoring (both shallow and deep water), border control and protection of offshore critical infrastructures, de-mining, surveillance and protection of submerged archaeological sites.
At two third of its lifetime, FP7 FIRE SUNRISE, led by professor Chiara Petrioli from “La Sapienza”, has already lead to significant innovations: prototypes of underwater sensor nodes and robots, multilingual Software Defined Acoustic Modems, compliant to the emerging JANUS NATO standard, that can adaptively change their operations to enhance systems performance, and a novel software infrastructure enabling the cooperation of heterogeneous underwater assets. SUNRISE has also developed a federation of testbeds that can be accessed through the web, and a security framework that brings full-fledged cyber security to the underwater world.
The demo will demonstrate the integration of three solutions designed within the SUNRISE project: the SUNRISE GATE (the interface through which the heterogeneous resources offered by the SUNRISE federation are unified), DUNE (a real-time operating-system for underwater autonomous vehicles) and SUNSET (the first implementation of the SUNRISE Software Defined Communication Stack). Demo users will be able to interact with a testbed composed of static and underwater vehicles through the SUNRISE GATE.
Demo users will interact through the SUNRISE GATE web interface with a testbed composed of static and underwater vehicles. Users will be able to remotely instruct vehicles, and to request the collection and real-time visualization of measurements from on-board sensors. SUNSET and DUNE will emulate the same set-up used during an in-field campaign conducted in Porto in July 2014. A video will be projected to show the in-field operations of the same instruments and solutions used for the demo.