University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty member Bruce Howe is well known to the submarine cable industry for his advocacy of the Scientific Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) technology concept and leadership of the United Nations Joint Task Force on SMART.

The University announced on May 31 that Professor Howe received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowship for 2022–23. The Fulbright Program is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program.

According to the University’s press statement, “Bruce Howe, research professor in the Department of Ocean Resources and Engineering, will head to Portugal to expand submarine cable systems, which span the ocean, connecting billions of people by enabling the internet. Howe will work with leading scientists and engineers, the United Nations, government organizations and other stakeholders. Portugal will be installing the first SMART (Science Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications) cable system with environmental sensors in 2024. The system will address societal needs for better estimates and predictions of climate and sea level change, ocean circulation, and tsunami and earthquake risks.”

The Portuguese system referred to above is the CAM (Continent-Azores-Madeira) Ring that will connect mainland Portugal with the Azores and Madeira Islands.  As noted in the statement, the CAM Ring is on track to become the first SMART system, combining scientific monitoring with the traditional data transmission activities of a commercial submarine cable.