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Communication Architecture and Protocols for an Underwater Stray Diver Alert System

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Title: Communication Architecture and Protocols for an Underwater Stray Diver Alert System
Author: Heisler, Bryan
Department: School of Computer Science
Program: Computer Science
Advisor: Stacey, Deborah
Abstract: In scuba diving any problem that can be solved underwater will be solved underwater. This helps to prevent a dive from being disrupted. If a diver is separated from the group and is unable to find the group within a short time both the diver and dive group must surface to find each other and rejoin. To prevent the separation of divers a Stray Diver Alert System has been devised involving wireless communication to track the diver's position relative to the dive masters. Underwater communication holds many challenges that are not found in above water networks. Through simulation, it has been shown that the communication requirements for the Stray Diver Alert can be met with existing technology and protocols. This has been done by evaluating the resolution, power consumption and physical size of the device for three different communication protocols. This has shown that current technology is capable of meeting the requirements of the stray diver alert system.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5622
Date: 2013-02
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