Paris -- The Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucelare of Italy (INFN) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) inked a contract for the rollout of a submarine cable infrastructure for INFN's submarine network, which will host an underwater multidisciplinary laboratory incorporating a high-energy neutrino telescope, believed to be the largest one in the Mediterranean.
The Regione Siciliana PO-FESR 2014 - 2020 will finance the infrastructure, under the framework of the public research institute's project, focused on creating a multi-disciplinary, scientific lab that lives under the sea.
Located off Southeastern Sicily, the submarine cable system will transmit real-time data collected by detectors deployed on the sea bed. Onshore researchers, universities and science laboratories will use this data to get a better understanding of physical processes in the oceans, such as tides, sand movement and other currently invisible occurrences.
"We are proud to further cooperate with INFN in such an ambitious project, which reconfirms submarine systems' ability and versatility for the new applications offered in the field of undersea scientific observation," said Philippe Piron, president of Alcatel Submarine Networks. "This new contract also confirms our expertise in addressing new market segments."
ASN will provide a substantial portion of the new subsea infrastructure, including an electro-optical cable and several undersea A/DC power converters of the latest generation to provide communications and
power to several detection systems. The technology provided by ASN is based on the DCFO solution initially developed for oil & gas applications. Sensors serving as lenses will conduct the vital data collection.
"This project will further offer to INFN and to the Italian research community advanced applications to implement new research models, under the framework of the Sicilian Region PO-Fser Funds, IDMAR Project," said Giacomo Cuttone, INFN – LNS Director. "ASN's state-of-the art technology will help us [take] a significant step to enhance astro-particle physics and other sciences such as seismology and the predictability of geophysical events, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV)."
ASN and INFN previously collaborated in the deployment of the first branches of the submarine system network deployed off East Sicily, used to install submarine observatories capable to monitor acoustic, geophysics signals, bioluminescence and cosmic rays.
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