SEOUL, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom is set to develop Korea’s first distributed underwater monitoring & control networks in collaboration with a number of research institutes and universities.
According to statement on May 24, the company has been selected as a consortium participant by the Korean government, and will take part in a project to develop underwater communications networks over the next seven years.
Hoseo University, the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Kyungpook National University, Korea University, Inha University and Chung-Ang University are the other members of the consortium, and they will work together to build underwater sensor nodes, develop intra-station networking technologies and connect the underwater networks to ground networks.
The consortium’s underwater networks will be able to provide maritime information to various climatic, ecological and defense organizations. Forecasting models for natural disasters are expected to become more accurate with the information, which includes variables such as sea temperature, currents and seismic waves.
As marine development is becoming a hot-button issue when it comes to infrastructure plans between nations, the Korean government is expecting to have a strong foundation to compete against countries with advanced underwater networks.
By Kevin Lee (email@example.com)