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The Scientific Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) initiative has passed a major milestone in the effort to bring scientific sensing to commercial submarine cable networks.

SubCableWorld has been closely monitoring the progress of the SMART Cables concept.  For those who are unfamiliar with it, SMART Cables incorporate sensors in the repeaters and allow traditional commercial submarine fiber optic cables to collect vast amounts of ocean data without interfering with their primary purpose of carrying Internet traffic.

Subsea Data Systems, Inc., a new partnership between Samara/Data and Ocean Specialists, Inc., is pleased to announce their participation in a new 5-year project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support the University of Hawai`i’s SMART Cable efforts.

Subsea Data Systems Gets NSF Investment for SMART Repeaters

Subsea Data Systems, Inc., a new partnership between Samara/Data and Ocean Specialists, Inc., is pleased to announce a new investment from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program toward the company’s efforts to develop SMART (Sensor Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications) Cable technologies.

The need to collect ocean data is more important now than ever. Using submarine fiber optic cables to collect ocean data is something that has been talked about for a long time but has only occasionally moved from concept to reality. This may be changing as the last two years have seen a number of significant developments take place that may lead to cables becoming more important to this vital endeavor. 

Warming at roughly double the rate as the rest of the world, the Arctic is disproportionately affected by climate change, yet the region remains one of the least understood. Sandia National Laboratories scientists are working to gain understanding of the area by capturing and analyzing data pulled from the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

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