US-based small business Bionet Sonar has conducted testing of HydroNet, its new open, modular and programmable underwater modem.

The tests were conducted under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) signed between US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport and Bionet co-founder and senior researcher Dr Emrecan Demirors.

The company partnered with Northeast Tech Bridge and performed tests at NUWC Division Newport’s Narragansett Bay Test Facility.

HydroNet project received funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Small Business Technology Transfer and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme.

During the two-day testing, two wireless modems and two Bionet smart buoys were connected to each other to enable interface and computing capabilities.

Using a secure channel, the smart buoys were then connected to company’s server through which the assigned team collected the data required for the project’s progress.

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NUWC Division Newport technology partnership officer and Northeast Tech Bridge deputy director of the Mary Sylvia said: “Using the tech transfer tools that we have available, such as this CRADA, Division Newport can advance technology of mutual benefit to both the navy and the partner.

“The fact that this testing initiated through a Tech Bridge engagement, using our Narragansett Bay Test Facility via a CRADA, and in support of the company’s SBIR award, connects a lot of dots to bring technical capability further.”

Bionet Sonar’s HydroNet technology is an underwater modem which supplies power to an autonomous wireless communications system enabling the underwater internet facility.

It equips the network with artificial intelligence-driven, software-defined technologies and uses ultrasonic waves that are long-range, secure, and provide real-time, high-speed monitoring.

HydroNet’s plug-and-play ability can be used to create a network of mobile assets using autonomous underwater vehicles, remotely operated vehicles and uncrewed undersea vehicles.

Furthermore, the company is planning to work on improving the data rates by enhancing the communications techniques in the coming months.