Soon the meaning of ‘surfing the Internet’ is going to have a completely different meaning, as researchers from New York are reportedly testing deep sea Internet system.
The researchers from the University of Buffalo have used sound waves instead of radio waves for the underwater Wi-Fi system, which is touted to aid in tsunami detection, offshore oil detection and air pollution monitoring.
Lead researcher Tommaso Melodia explained that a submerged wireless network will give an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from the oceans in real time, Fox News reports.
Melodia further said that the information collection through this technology when made available to anyone with a smartphone or computer can help in dealing better with natural calamities.
The researcher and his team tested the system in Lake Erie, a few miles south of downtown Buffalo in which the team dropped two 40-pound sensors into the water and typed a command into a laptop, seconds later, a series of high-pitched chirps ricocheted off a nearby concrete wall, an indication that the test worked.
According to the report, a deep-sea Internet has many applications, including linking together buoy networks that detect tsunamis to deliver a more reliable warning system, apart from helping in collection of oceanographic data and monitoring pollution.
Melodia added that that the system can also be used to monitor fish and marine mammals, and find out how to best protect them from shipping traffic and other dangers.