Underwater acoustic communication platform
Type of entity Platform
Description The platform aims to study and evaluate underwater acoustic communication systems. Underwater acoustic communication is intended as a means of transmitting information underwater through an acoustic link, allowing vessels, submersibles and underwater drones to communicate under the sea over long distances. There are several modems currently on the market. However, if these communication systems are to become reliable enough for deployment in underwater communication networks, they need to be made more robust, with higher capacity, greater range and/or better energy consumption. To that end, the CACS/COM team at the Lab-STICC laboratory decided to develop a platform to test the results of research into underwater acoustic communication.
Keywords Digital Communication, Underwater Acoustic Communication, Modem, Field Trials
Label(s) Carnot
Plug in labs Ouest
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Testing and evaluating underwater acoustic communications
Owned/operated by
COM : Digital communications
Website Lab-STICC
Website IMT Atlantique
Location and contact
LAOT Christophe
Phone referent +33 (0)2 29 00 10 14
E-mail Send an e-mail
Adress Rue Dumont d'Urville
Address line 2 Technopôle Brest Iroise - CS 83818
Zip code/Postcode 29238
Town/city BREST
Service : Testing and evaluating underwater acoustic communications
Proposed Service Testing and evaluating underwater acoustic communications
Description of the service Using the platform and the expertise of the associated team. Evaluations if specifically requested.
Concerned public All
Research partners
Other researchers
Terms of access Research collaboration access
URL access terms EN
Special conditions
Category Land-based tests and test sites for engineering and ocean observation
  Analyses, measurements and metrology
Scientific disciplines Acoustics
Strategic areas of action Maritime safety and security
Shipbuilding and leisure boatbuilding
Marine energy and mining resources
Marine biological resources
Environmental and coastal planning and development
Maritime ports, infrastructure and transport
Examples of work TRIDENT acoustic communication platform from the DGA (French Defence Procurement Agency), working with SERCEL. ROSE project (Réseau Orienté Surveillance d'Epaves, Acoustic Network for Wreck Monitoring) led by Ifremer. Haliodstar project (Alistar AUV) led by ECA. ‘CIFRE’ thesis (an industrial agreement for training through research) with Thales Underwater Systems, and several other theses from the Brittany region in the context of FUI, COMET and Canopus projects. Research collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Missouri University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, University of York etc. As part of Pôle Mer Bretagne projects financed by the FUI interministerial fund and Brittany Region, IMT Atlantique was commissioned to supply an underwater acoustic communication link for the COMET project (with RTsys) and the CANOPUS project (with IxBlue). A new NemoSens project is planned for 2018 (with RTsys) on acoustic communication networks for a swarm of underwater drones.
Owned/operated by
COM : Digital communications
Website Lab-STICC
Created since 2008, the Lab-STICC is a multidisciplinary research laboratory (CNRS Unit) in the field of Information and communication science and technology, involving two universities (Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient & Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest) and three graduate schools of engineering (IMT Atlantique, ENSTA Bretagne and ENIB).
Researchers work in a single structure within one central theme: “from sensor to knowledge”.
The Lab-STICC is organized around 3 scientific poles:
Microwaves, Optoelectronics and Materials (MOM)
Communications, Architectures, Circuits and Systems (CACS)
Knowledge, Information, Decision (CID)

All research is essentially focused on:
Ocean and Information Technology
Cyber security
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Human Ambient Assisted Living
Neural Machines & information Theory

The strength and success of the laboratory is based on the high level of collaborations between experts of different domains and the development of original research axes.
The Lab-STICC incorporates more than 520 people including 287 permanent staff, 193 PhD students and 40 non-permanent positions. The staffs are located over the different institutes on several geographical sites in Brittany.
Website IMT Atlantique
IMT Atlantique is an institute of higher education and research, born through the fusion of École des Mines Nantes and Telecom Bretagne in January 2017. Research and innovation constitute one of the school’s primary missions in its fields of excellence which are digital technology, and energy and environment. The institute is authorised to deliver the PhD diploma, within the Community of Universities and Institutions, University of Bretagne Loire (Comue UBL).
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