High Bandwidth Wireless Communication
WHOI Optical Modem Data Offload, Wireless Vehicle Control, Video Transmission
The WHOI Optical Modem group began to develop and field optical communications system for underwater use in 2007. Originally conceived as a non-aimed system for mobile platforms that use omnidirectional transmitters and receivers, the capabilities have grown as the technology has been improved for new applications. These capabilities now include bi-directional optical communications for low latency asymmetric links, suitable for vehicle control, using LEDs which support rates up to 20 Mbps. High ambient light receivers can operate in shallow water in full daylight, Ethernet over optical and other network management functions are some other capabilities. Over the last year the group has begun working to significantly increase the data rate for shorter range data transfer applications, which include a 5 meter system capable of several hundred Mbps and a contact solution supporting 10 Gbps.
Norm Farr leads the optical communications group at WHOI, which develops high-bandwidth undersea communication capabilities and systems. Background in electrical engineering with 16 years developing medical lasers and fiber optic medical devices, and 10 years in the underwater, free space communications field. Is an inventor on numerous medical device and optical communications patents