John Heidemann

Low-Power Acoustic Modem for Dense Underwater Sensor Networks

TitleLow-Power Acoustic Modem for Dense Underwater Sensor Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsJ. Wills, W. Ye, and J. Heidemann
Date Publishedsep
Conference LocationMarina del Rey, California, USA

Significant progress has been made in terrestrial sensor networks to revolutionize sensing and data collection. To bring the concept of long-lived, dense sensor networks to the underwater environment, there is a compelling need to develop low-cost and low-power acoustic modems for short-range communications. This paper presents our work in designing and developing such a modem. We describe our design rationale followed by details of both hardware and software development. We have performed preliminary tests with transducers for in-air communications.