DARPA Eyes Networks of Intelligent Floats to Provide Persistent Wide-Area Ocean Sensor Coverage

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January 29, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: January 29 on

U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on an upcoming project to provide persistent, wide-area sensor coverage across large ocean areas using large numbers of intelligent floats.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., issued a special notice Wednesday (DARPA-SN-18-14) for the Ocean of Things program proposers day, which will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday 4 Jan. 2017 at the DARPA Conference Center, 675 N. Randolph St., in Arlington, Va.

The Ocean of Things program will provide persistent wide-area sensor coverage across the maritime environment with large numbers of intelligent floats.

Today”s naval and commercial ships typically can use only their onboard sensors for situational awareness. Using remote sensors from aircraft and satellites can be limited or impossible because of fog, rain, cloud cover, and other environmental conditions. The DARPA Ocean of Things program will seek to correct these shortcomings, as well as provide ocean data to anyone who needs it.

For additional informaiton, see DSIAC article, Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness Across Open Seas, https://www.dsiac.org/resources/news/ocean-things-aims-expand-maritime-awareness-across-open-seas.