Janus, an underwater IoT protocol developed by NATO


IoT, an internet-enabled devices, in which everyday objects are able to both send and receive data among one another. Now, researchers bring an underwater Internet of Things.

NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), has developed with newly sponsored research designed to establish the world’s first-ever acoustic digital underwater communications standard.

underwater IoT protocol

Janus, the new digital alternative has been used by all NATO allies since earlier this year and represents the first time a digital underwater communication protocol has been established at a global level.

According to NATO, this marks the first time that a digital underwater communication protocol has been acknowledged at international level and opens the way to develop many exciting underwater communication applications.

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This could use for detecting underwater leaks in oil rigs and harbor protection to mine detection and underwater archaeology. Such applications will only become more important.

Robots can behave intelligently and act as a team, said Joao Alves, Principal Scientist and Project Leader at CMRE. For example, one of the robots could find some interesting feature and call the rest of the team.

underwater devices

The Janus protocol works on establishing communication between two underwater devices on a single frequency 11.5 kilohertz. After the initial communication between two underwater vessels or robots, Janus allows them the option to switch to a different frequency for more elaborate communication.

Through this way, everything can virtually communicate underwater. Janus is a breakthrough for this reason. Also, the new standard adopted global level, all manufacturers of underwater vessels and equipment can incorporate it.

We can only dream of every land-based IoT device speaking the same language, Janus is pretty ahead of its time. We just hope the researchers have put enough work in the security side of things.

More information: [NATO]