BlueComm 100 – Wireless Underwater Optical Communication

    1 to 5 Mbps at ranges of up to 15 metres
    Suitable for shallow or deep water applications
    Compatible with your subsea Ethernets
    Data recovery from seafloor instruments and tether-free subsea vehicle control
    Depth rated to 4,000 metres

    Wireless real-time data subsea

    High speed wireless communications are not just useful for controlling ROVs and AUVs. Wherever there is a subsea application requiring control, monitoring or the point-to-point transmission of data, ‘going wireless’ is now a credible alternative. BlueComm can be used to provide a remote ‘eyeball’ on specific subsea operations removing the need for a second ROV. Complementary acoustic positioning and communications provides long range command and control of the camera and optical link including wake-up, pan, tilt, zoom, lighting and sleep mode control functions.

    As a high speed communication platform, BlueComm is an Ethernet connected device allowing plug-and-play connectivity to clients’ own subsea networks. As such, this allows for easy expansion of pre-existing networks, increasing productivity by increasing speed.

    Its flexible system architecture, means that BlueComm can be integrated with our comprehensive array of acoustic navigation, control and monitoring devices. Complementary Sonardyne acoustics communications provide long range (>4 km), low bandwidth command and control. This capability enables functions such as data recording to be turned ‘on’ and ‘off’ remotely from the surface, and health or QC information to be transmitted.

    BlueComm 100 uses an array of high power light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are rapidly modulated to transmit data. The receiver uses photodiodes allowing peak performance in all lighting conditions, including very shallow ‘high ambient light’ conditions. Both the receivers and emitters are packaged into a small 5 kg unit rated to 4,000 metres. Delivering 5 Mbps at 10 metres range, BlueComm100 is a short range, highly reliable solution.

    Technical Features


    • 450 nm optical wavelength
    • 60 degrees beam pattern
    • 6 W (radiometric) optical transmit power


    • Titanium and glass construction
    • Subconn connectors
    • 264 mm x 128 mm, 2.4 kgs weight in water


    • 1 - 5 Mbps data rate
    • 4000 m depth rating
    • 1 - 15 m optical communication range


    • What's in the box: two BlueComm 100 units, two test cables and manual
    • Warranty: 1 year return to Sonardyne service centre
    • ITAR Controlled: No
    • UK Export License: Not required

    More about this product

    BlueComm 100 Specification


    Feature Type 8360-100 Specifications
    Depth Rating 4,000 m
    Data Rate 1-5 Mbps data transfer rates
    Optical Communication Range 1-15 m
    Materials Titanium and glass dome
    Supply Voltage 24–36 V dc
    Rear Connector Type Subconn MCBH8F Ti
    Communications Interface 10/100 Base-T Ethernet (Static IP Address)
    Power Consumption 10–30 W (dependent on transmit ratio)
    Command Interface Graphical User Interface / UDP Command Set
    Communications Type Bidirectional, Time Division Multiplexing
    Optical Transmit Power 6 W (radiometric)
    Optical Wavelength 450 nm (royal blue)
    Emitter Beam Pattern 60° (half angle)
    Receive Beam Pattern 60° (half angle)
    Operating Temperature Range -5 to 40ºC
    Storage Temperature Range -20 to 55ºC
    Dimensions; Length x Diameter 264 x 128 mm
    Weight in Air/Water 5.2/2.4 kg


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