In this project we implement and deploy Aqua-Fi as a novel underwater system that facilitates internet-connected applications. It is flexible, low cost and low power. The system characteristics involve an uplink data rate of 1.6 Mbps and downlink data rate of 690 Kbps for commands, status correction and overrides, over a distance of 2 meters. Aqua-Fi was first developed using basic LEDs to achieve low cost and simple implementation and then later enhanced to employ bi-directional lasers to facilitate longer coverage and higher link rates.
- PI-System Integration, "Development of a High-Speed Underwater Wireless Communication System". Funded through Red Sea Center, KAUST, by $900,000 from 2018 to 2020.
Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
Prof. Boon Ooi, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
Prof. Michael Berumen, Red Sea Center Director, KAUST, KSA
Dr. Osama Amin, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
Dr. Tien Jhee Ng, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
Chris Bainbridge, Visiting Student, UK
Seifallah S. Jardak, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
Omar Alkhazragi, Electrical Engineering, KAUST, KSA
B. Shihada, O. Amin, C. Bainbridge, S. Jardak, O. Alkhazragi, T.-K. Ng, B. Ooi, M. Berumen, and M.-S. Alouini, "Aqua-Fi: Delivering Internet Underwater using Wireless Optical Networks", IEEE Communication Magazine: Design and implementation of Devices, Circuits, and Systems Series, Accepted, 2020. [PDF]
Github folder that has all our development images, code, and results.
Aqua-Fi on Github.com