Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W•SENSE Ltd has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner.

National Oceanography CentreW•SENSE was initially established as part of the Sapienza University of Rome, specialising in monitoring and communication systems with pioneering patented solutions in the Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT).

Internationally recognized for its R&D excellence, with an innovative crew of passionate and enthusiastic visionaries, W•SENSE is focused on designing and developing innovative, robust, reliable, high-performing and secure communication and monitoring systems. The company has been editor of networked scenarios, NATO NIAG 190 on JANUS evolution, and is currently coordinating the EC EASME ArcheoSub project after gaining experience by supporting the EC FP7 GENESI and SUNRISE projects.

The NOC is the UK’s hub for the development of marine autonomous and robotic systems, and this new partnership will further enable W•SENSE to collaborate and share expertise with the Centre’s other strategic partners in the advancement of cutting-edge marine autonomous technology.

W•SENSE director, Professor Chiara Petrioli, said: “We are extremely honoured to be welcomed into the NOC family. It’s a great step for W•SENSE and a massive vote of confidence. We're very much looking forward to further developing and testing our technology with input from the talented team at the NOC. The W•SENSE team is looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

Adam Schink, Innovation Centre Manager at the NOC, said: “The concept of transformative and disruptive technology is already creating a future where readily adaptable systems that are incubated and developed by the NOC and its partners are able to tackle varied and complex marine science challenges at a much lower cost than ever before. We are delighted to welcome W•SENSE to the Innovation Centre and together we have identified and are currently planning numerous collaborative projects to network multiple underwater sensors, autonomous underwater and surface vehicles together.”

W•SENSE has launched a new website to coincide with their arrival at the Innovation Centre.

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