Underwater or land-to-water communications are required in several situations, such as offshore exploration, subsea equipment inspection, etc. At present, wire communication: transmitting signals via cables, is a mainstream technology for underwater robot navigation. However, robot navigation under wire communication is inconvenient because of operating area limitation or limit of the number of operating robots, since multiple-robots operation is not allowed in one base area to avoid cable tangling.
The Client aims to build offshore wind farms, thus inspection and maintenance by multiple underwater robots are required for wind farm operation. For that reason, establishment of UOWCT is one of the essential factors to establish robot-based underwater inspection and maintenance for offshore wind farms.
Either acoustic or electromagnetic wave propagate in underwater wireless communication systems for transferring signals. Acoustic communication is already in practical use because of long transmission distance, but transmission speed and quality are not competent. As for electromagnetic wave, optical communication has been attracting attention for its low attenuation rate. In the past, lack of promising optical devices has prevented optical communication from being put to practical use. With the commercialization of LED: high-output, high-responsiveness and small, there has been rising momentum in efforts to establish UOWCT.
In the hope of advancement of UOWCT and accelerated research and development activities, the Client has issued this open request to find partners all over the world.
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
- Overall scientific and technical merit
- Approach to proof of concept or performance
- Economic potential of concept
- Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
- Potential for proprietary position
- Respondents’ capability and related experiences