Subsea Monitoring via Intelligent Swarms

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The project SMIS - Subsea Monitoring via Intelligent Swarms is the development of an innovative system for efficient monitoring of large-scale subsea areas using team-/swarm technology. The funding for the development project has been granted with retroactive effect to 01 January 2013 by The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

 Within SMIS engineers and scientists are working together on a novel concept for autonomous monitoring and investigation of the marine environment based on pressure-neutral technology. Within the project the SMIS-system will comprise of two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), one sea bottom station (SBS), and one unmanned surface vehicle (USV), which are operated from a research ship, or where required from a land station, using the principles of swarm intelligence. The most prominent unique feature of the SMIS-fleet is its applicability as intelligent team system for large deep sea areas in water depths up to 6.000 m.

 This is realized by novel algorithms for swarm control and for sophisticated communication between the vehicles and the underwater ground station or the control room onboard the research ship.

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