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The Internet Underwater Project

Did you ever stop to ponder how WiFi performs under water? I hadn’t until I read an article on, an Armenia publication. Apparently WiFi and water don’t mix… until now. Thanks to the work an Armenian engineer by the name of Hovannes Khatchig Kulhandjian, who is a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Buffalo, our city is a testing ground for a revolutionary breakthrough.

It turns out that Kulhandjian and his team led by U.B. professor Dr. Tommaso Melodia are working on a project that is establishing an underwater WiFi network in Lake Erie. The way it works is, the underwater sensors signal buoys on the surface, and from there the signals tap into satellites that connect with the internet. Instead of using traditional radio waves, the sensors are rigged to produce sound waves that transmit easily through water.

The internet underwater process (Image: Hovannes Kulhandjian / University at Buffalo)
The internet underwater process (Image: Hovannes Kulhandjian / University at Buffalo)

So why is all of this so important? Well, according to, utilizing underwater WiFi can help immeasurably when it comes to monitoring our waters. From temperature changes to helping to predict tsunamis to pollution, the technological advancements will allow people on land to freely interact with the depths of our lakes and oceans via smart phones.

The information gathered is being wrapped up in time to present the date at the annual International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems in Taiwan (November 11 – 13, 2013).

Lead image: Photo taken by Douglas Levere – University at Buffalo


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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