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NATO secures adoption of submerged drone data comms standard

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All 28 countries' navies now speak the same language below the waves

Boffins at NATO have managed to ratify, across the entire alliance, the first ever official standard for underwater digital communications.

“This marks the first time that a digital underwater communication protocol has been acknowledged at international level and opens the way to develop many exciting underwater communication applications,” said the alliance in a statement.

NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) had the new standard, called JANUS, ratified by all of the alliance’s 28 members in late March.

It was developed over the last eight years, with the main paper describing the standard having been published (requires registration) in the journal Underwater Communications and Networking in 2014.

The specification is open and “deliberately simple to allow easy adoption by legacy equipment”.

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