New Communication Networks for Subsea Drones

By Caroline Rees / 08 Nov 2021
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Saipem and WSense have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of complex communication networks for subsea drones.

Saipem and WSense

These multi-purpose intelligent nodes will be designed and qualified by the companies to be interfaced to underwater drones engineered and operated by Sonsub, Saipem’s center of excellence for submarine technology innovation. 

Said to be a game-changer for the wireless interconnection of underwater equipment and sensors, the nodes represent the integration of diversified systems and technologies, with applications spanning over different industries, including offshore energy, infrastructures and defense.


Thanks to subsea stations, Saipem’s resident subsea drones and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) will be able to autonomously perform a series of complex operations requiring the exchange of data for positioning and supervising subsea infrastructures, thus creating an enhanced Underwater Internet of Things (IoT). The network will be implemented with an environmental-friendly approach, contributing to decarbonisation.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact