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By: Sarah Sharkey
The oceans of our world hold countless secrets that humans have yet to uncover. Researchers at IMDEA Networks in Spain and the University of Haifa in Israel have combined their efforts in the development of an underwater acoustic technology that has never been available before now.
Traditional GPS like systems are unable to be used in the water, and until now that was really the only viable option for localizing anything. Now the underwater acoustic system can localize marine mammals, underwater vehicles and other things under the ocean’s waters that emits sound.
The system is relatively simple. It uses a single hydrophone as a receiver and doesn’t require any anchor nodes or other receivers that would need to be scattered around the ocean. This greatly cuts down on the costs associated with tracking anything around the ocean. It will also help to make operations simpler and easier to execute in the scientific community.
The simplicity of this system is its greatest asset. It will now be easier for researchers to track marine mammals around the seas. It is also the beginning of a new wave of technology that will help researchers in their quest to unlock more of the ocean’s secrets.
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