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SUNRISE: Building the Internet of Underwater Things

Sensing, monitoring and actuating on the UNderwater world through a federated Research InfraStructure Extending the Future Internet

Testbeds Description

One of the main challenges in the design of acoustic modems and underwater acoustic communication and networking protocols, is how to cope with the inherent spatial and temporal heterogeneity of the underwater environment and the relative underwater acoustic channel.
An unvaluable resource to achieve an accurate and as far as possible complete understanding of the underwater channel would be the availability of several testbeds placed at different and heterogeneous locations over long periods with continual access. These testbeds have to be deployed for long periods of time in order to collect data sets that will allow us to characterise the time-varying effects of the underwater channel in the given scenarios. This motivates the added value of a the SUNRISE federation of testing infrastructures.
The federation will span different underwater environments that are representative of the typical different marine environments. In the initial stage, the deployment sites will coincide with some of the SUNRISE partners facilities, namely the Atlantic ocean, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, as well as lakes and canals in central Europe.
The selected deployments will also represent different classes of applications (e.g., port monitoring, marine park protection, search and rescue operation, fisheries surveying, etc.), providing a unique testbed to be able to assess the proposed solutions in a variety of different domains, and providing excellent testing sites for heterogeneous applications and services: 
 
 

 The SUNRISE Underwater testing infrastructures will be able to:

  • Support different application domains;
  • Enable testing of solutions for all the system components and at all the different layers of the system in a very natural way;
  • Have a level of heterogeneity (in terms of supported sensors and underwater platforms, communication technologies, marine environment, and thus acoustic channel features) that allows to assess and evaluate the performance of the proposed IoT systems in the whole spectrum of relevant marine domains and applications;
  • Allow testing of solutions for static networks, mobile networks, hybrid network integrating underwater and terrestrial monitoring systems (e.g., Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles, or AUVs, and flying drones);
  • Support scalability, allowing seamless integration of additional platforms and devices made available by partners or by third parties;
  • Support security, privacy and trust by providing an environment in which solutions for underwater security can also be developed and tested;
  • Expose UWSN IoT islands as an element of the Future Internet, thus allowing integration of heterogeneous information for value added application and service development. It should therefore be also combined with a toolchain that allows:
  • Allow users to select the most appropriate set of platforms, sensors, protocols for their objectives, getting the needed resources allocated and the needed code automatically generated;
  • Monitor performance during the test operation, being able to reconfigure and reprogram the network upon need;
  • Support data analysis (in real time and in a post deployment phase), integrating heterogeneous flows of information for real-time decision-making and underwater system control, and for advance processing of information according to the logic of the developed application, and to the skills of the end users.

More information on LOON testing facility is available here:
 
More information on Porto testing facility is available here:
 
More information on Twente testing facility is available here:
http://fp7-sunrise.eu/Files/OpenCalls/Twente_testbed_description.pdf
 
More information on Suasis testing facility is available here:
http://fp7-sunrise.eu/Files/OpenCalls/Suasis_testbed_description.pdf

Recent Activities

SUNRISE at NT 100 2016

SUNRISE was selected as exhibitor at NT 100 2016, which is held in London in December 2016. SUNRISE video and Gate demo will be shown by UOR team.

SUNRISE at Italy-China Science, Technology & Innovation Week 2016

SUNRISE was selected as exhibitor at Italy-China Science, Technology & Innovation Week 2016, which is held in Naples in October 2016. SUNRISE video and Gate demo will be shown by UOR team.

SUNRISE at Maker Faire 2016

SUNRISE was selected as exhibitor at Maker Faire 2016, which is held in Rome in October 2016. SUNRISE video and Gate demo will be shown by UOR team.

SUNRISE at Futuro Remoto 2016

SUNRISE was selected as exhibitor at Futuro Remoto 2016, which is held in Naples in October 2016. SUNRISE video and Gate demo will be shown by UOR and Nexse teams.

SUNRISE presented at EuCNC 2016

SUNRISE was selected as exhibitor at EuCNC 2016, which was held in Athens in June 2016. SUNRISE video and Gate demo were shown by UOR and Nexse teams. Posters and dissemination material were distributed to participants.