Smart Standardized Marine Sensor Cable Interface

Host Organisation: Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services C.S.C.S. Ltd
Partner Organisation(s): PA 1: Erevnitiko Idryma P. L
Project Budget: 198.280,00 €
IDEK Funding: 147.526,00 €

The goal of this project is to develop an innovative, programmable interface meeting standardization benchmarks for data and communication. This ""Smart Standardized Marine Sensor Cable Interface"" will be able to replace normal marine sensor cables because of its small size, pressure tolerance, and low power requirements, and will allow sensor users and manufacturers to very easily ""standardize"" a wide variety of sensors by specifying command syntax and sensor metadata in a simple SensorML file used in the PUCK protocol. This will also make it easier for platform integration since the platform will only have to develop a software module to communicate with all such standardized sensors once. Most importantly, the smart cable interface will be programmed by users in order to carry out on board processing and formatting according to their needs. Investing in the required technical and strategy development will lead to a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on a particular need in the marine technology industry. A huge number of sensors are deployed in the world’s oceans for variety of purposes. The measurement of multiple environmental parameters is often needed, so several sensors may need to be integrated into a single operating platform. Even for systems that undergo the necessary development, the lack of standardization and inclusion of sensor metadata is a threat to the reusability of the collected data. However, the lack of standardization schemes in communication and storage of measurement data, sensor and platform metadata and control, combined with the large number of sensor and platform manufacturers, results in unnecessary complications in development and commercialization of observing systems. The Smart Standardized Marine Cable Interface will reduce development and operational cost for platform and sensor manufacturers, provide the marine cable industry with advanced capabilities, and allow the marine observations collected now be accessible and usable indefinitely.