Companies participating in the project
The effort proposed in the project requires a combination of expertise ranging from ocean bottom observation, machine learning, DAS technology, and industrialization experts, with the support of both the optical fiber and the submarine cable industries. This project proposal achieves such a blend of expertise by incorporating highly respected researchers in all the disciplines involved.
AFR-IX telecom is an infrastructure and telecommunications operator founded in 2013 with headquarters in Barcelona, owner of the Medusa submarine cable and the Barcelona Cable Landing Station, an open port that is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022 with the aim of being a leading digital port in the Mediterranean and with a capacity for up to eight submarine cables. In addition, AFR-IX is a telecommunications operator with licences in Portugal, USA and several African countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Niger and Cameroon.
Aragón Photonics Labs. S.L.U. (APL) is a company specialised in the development, manufacture and commercialisation of high-performance test and measurement equipment based on optoelectronic and photonic techniques. APL was created in 2004 as a spin-off company of the University of Zaragoza with the main objectives of developing, manufacturing and commercialising a test and measurement device (BOSA) based on a patented high-resolution optical spectroscopy technique.
The team of the University of Alcalá (UAH) participating in this proposal is formed by members of two research groups of the Department of Electronics of the UAH: the Photonics Engineering Group, GRIFO, and the Group of Electronic Engineering Applied to Intelligent Spaces and Transport, GEINTRA. These two groups have collaborated in previous projects related to the area of research involved in this proposal. Both research groups have been recognised as a "High Performance Group" in the UAH, given their high scientific production.
Institut de Ciències del Mac (ICM – CSIC)
The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) in Barcelona is the largest marine research centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). It is made up of specialists in different aspects of oceanographic research. With the aim of understanding the ocean for the health of the planet, researchers at the ICM carry out cutting-edge research to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology in relation to ocean and climate interactions, the conservation and sustainable use of marine life and ecosystems, and the mitigation of the impacts of natural hazards and man-made activity. In 2020 the ICM was awarded the Severo Ochoa certificate of Excellence, a distinction that confirms the institution's leadership in the field of marine research in Spain and highlights its commitment to bring about social impact.
PSI project reference PLEC2021-007875 funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR program.