Development of the SMART Repeater Sensor System

Matthew Fouch
TrackTrack 2
Descriptionco-authors: Steve Lentz and Brad Avenson

Subsea fiber cables that include repeater-based sensors will revolutionize our ability to monitor for earthquakes, tsunami, global climate change, and the security of major telecommunications infrastructure. While the SMART concept has been discussed and evaluated for over 10 years, developing a SMART repeater requires substantial research and development investment to validate the technology. With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Subsea Data Systems has developed a fully operational benchtop prototype SMART repeater sensor system. Our system includes best-in-class sensors validated by the scientific and monitoring communities, coupled with the data formatting and transmission frameworks already accepted by these communities and in extensive use worldwide. Here we present the status of our ongoing efforts to make SMART Cables a reality through focused engineering aimed at a fully validated SMART Cable system.

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