Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation

Ryan N. Smith, Jnaneshwar Das, Hordur Heidarsson, Arvind Pereira, Gaurav S. Sukhatme, David A. Caron, Burton H. Jones

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Abstract

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are revolutionizing oceanography through their versatility, autonomy and endurance. However, they are still an underutilized technology. For coastal operations, the ability to track a certain feature is of interest to ocean scientists. Adaptive and predictive path planning requires frequent communication with significant data transfer. Currently, most AUVs rely on satellite phones as their primary communication. This communication protocol is expensive and slow. To reduce communication costs and provide adequate data transfer rates, we present the hardware and software components that make up a communication framework, which provides robust, disruption-tolerant, cost-effective glider operation for a coastal region. The framework is specifically designed to address multi-sensor deployments. We provide a system overview and present testing and coverage data for the network. Additionally, we include an application of ocean-model driven trajectory design, which can benefit from the use of this network and communication system. The presented combination of infrastructure, software development and deployment experience brings us closer to the goal of providing a reliable and cost-effective data transfer framework to enable real-time, optimal trajectory design, based on ocean model predictions, to gather in situ measurements of interesting and evolving ocean features and phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09 - Berkeley, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2009Nov 3 2009

Other

Other4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09
CountryUnited States
CityBerkeley, CA
Period11/3/0911/3/09

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Gliders
Sensor networks
communication
sensor
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Monitoring
Communication
monitoring
Data transfer
autonomous underwater vehicle
ocean
Trajectories
Data transfer rates
Costs
Oceanography
trajectory
cost
Motion planning
Mobile phones
Software engineering

Keywords

  • Autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Embedded sensor networks
  • Freewave
  • Implementation
  • Slocum glider
  • Trajectory design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Water Science and Technology

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Smith, R. N., Das, J., Heidarsson, H., Pereira, A., Sukhatme, G. S., Caron, D. A., & Jones, B. H. (2009). Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09 [1654132] https://doi.org/10.1145/1654130.1654132

Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation. / Smith, Ryan N.; Das, Jnaneshwar; Heidarsson, Hordur; Pereira, Arvind; Sukhatme, Gaurav S.; Caron, David A.; Jones, Burton H.

Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09. 2009. 1654132.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Smith, RN, Das, J, Heidarsson, H, Pereira, A, Sukhatme, GS, Caron, DA & Jones, BH 2009, Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation. in Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09., 1654132, 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09, Berkeley, CA, United States, 11/3/09. https://doi.org/10.1145/1654130.1654132
Smith RN, Das J, Heidarsson H, Pereira A, Sukhatme GS, Caron DA et al. Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09. 2009. 1654132 https://doi.org/10.1145/1654130.1654132
Smith, Ryan N. ; Das, Jnaneshwar ; Heidarsson, Hordur ; Pereira, Arvind ; Sukhatme, Gaurav S. ; Caron, David A. ; Jones, Burton H. / Implementation of an embedded sensor network for the coordination of Slocum gliders for coastal monitoring and observation. Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, WUWNet '09. 2009.
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