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Sensors 2018, 18(9), 3027;

A Sensor Control Model for Cabled Seafloor Observatories in the East China Sea

State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sanya 572000, China
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Received: 6 August 2018 / Revised: 31 August 2018 / Accepted: 5 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Seafloor observatories enable real-time, continuous and long-term observations that promise major breakthroughs in ocean sciences. The effort to dynamically control in situ sensor systems performing individual and cooperative observation tasks is both a challenge and a guarantee for the stable operations of functional observatories. However, current sensor control systems for seafloor observatories are application-oriented and focus on specific engineering requirements rather than general model research. In this paper, a sensor control model was proposed to provide a theoretical specification for designing, developing and deploying a sensor control system for cabled seafloor observatories. The model abstracted the sensor control as a standardized bidirectional information flow process and accordingly structured the control system into the application layer, the service layer, the networking layer, and the sensing layer. The layered functions and interactions between adjacent layers in return realized this information process. A prototype control system was designed and developed, the monitoring architecture of which was derived from one of the deployment scenarios of the sensor control model. The prototype system was tested for its plug-and-play enablement through a series of trials such as tank tests and shallow sea trials. It was put into service for the operational Xiaoqushan Seafloor Observatory and was consistently functioning and presenting satisfactory practical performance in accordance with all the requirements laid for the project. View Full-Text
Keywords: seafloor observatories; control system; sensor control; layered model seafloor observatories; control system; sensor control; layered model

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Yu, Y.; Xu, H.; Xu, C. A Sensor Control Model for Cabled Seafloor Observatories in the East China Sea. Sensors 2018, 18, 3027.

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