Wet WiFi is a collaboration between MBARI and Ocean Comm Inc. Ocean Comm recently completed the design of a very fast acoustic modem based on technology developed by the principals when they were at University of Illinois. A very fast Doppler compensation algorithm allows them to use phase modulation, and in the process of achieving very high acoustic data transmission rates. Ocean Comm completed the design of a high TRL modem late last year, and since January we’ve been testing their technology in Monterey Bay.
The results so far are stunning, enough so that starting this January we will start working on the integrating of the modem into our vehicle operations.