Hydromea launches a new underwater wireless optical modem LUMA X-UV


Hydromea is launching its new patent-pending subsea wireless communication modem LUMA X-UV. The LUMA X-UV can beam data at up to 10 Mbit/s in the presence of other light sources in the environment, enabling real-time streaming of HD-quality video and 4K images wirelessly through water. It will be a critical tool for wireless control of underwater vehicles that have their lights on during missions or for deployments in shallow waters.


Felix Schill, co-founder and CTO of Hydromea, says: “LUMA X-UV is another big step forward in providing unlimited access to subsea data. It is a tool with a lot of versatility built in. It can be used as a modem and as an access point in subsea infrastructure. Moving the data stream into the UV wavelength with LUMA X-UV, this modem will work in the presence of other light sources, such as ROV lights. It will also be the best communication tool in shallow waters where there is still a significant amount of ambient light.”


Igor Martin, co-founder and CEO of Hydromea, adds: “Our LUMA modems are getting increasingly used across various setups and environments underwater. LUMA uses light to exchange data wirelessly, which means other light sources can create interference and reduce the effectiveness of such communication. Our new LUMA X-UV provides our customers with a perfect solution to this problem.”


Hydromea focuses its development on affordable, autonomous and miniaturized devices that can be used at any ocean depth for unprecedented data access. LUMA X-UV comes in a titanium housing with a serial and ethernet connection and will be pressure-rated to 6’000 meters depth.


Founded in 2014, Hydromea is a Swiss-based underwater robotics company helping its customers to have unparalleled underwater data connectivity and efficient remote inspection access to submerged assets.