Late last month, Ocean Specialists Inc. (OSI) was in attendance at the United Nations ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) roundtable titled: Maritime Sector Strategies to Augment Tsunami Monitoring with Economic Safety and Environmental Co-Benefits.
Many of you will be aware of the concept of so-called “SMART” – Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications cables. The idea is simple – to incorporate temperature, pressure and acceleration sensors into repeaters for the purposes of detecting earthquakes and tsunamis, studying climate and improving our knowledge of the Earth’s interior. However, the implementation has not been simple; despite a decade of study, no SMART cables have yet been developed or deployed. Naturally, the endeavor has chicken and egg syndrome: without a proven, working example, no one will undertake the effort to develop one. Anything that will slow the installation, increase the cost, or (possibly) reduce the reliability of a submarine cable system is anathema to developers and owners.