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Modular Platform for Research, Test and Validation of Technologies Supporting a Sustainable Blue Economy (TEC4SEA)
Hosting Legal Entity
Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Porto, PO: 4200-465 (Portugal)
Centro de Investigação Tecnológica do Algarve
Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, Faro, PO: 8005-139 (Portugal)
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Campus da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Porto, PO: 4200-465 (Portugal)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Participating Countries
Current Status:
Operational since 2020
Operational since 2020
Under construction since 2017 to 2020
Scientific Description
TEC4SEA is a unique and pioneer platform in Europe to promote and support research, development, and test of marine robotics,telecommunications, and sensing technologies for operation in maritime environments.The scientific objectives of the TEC4SEA are:• To become a reference on experimentally-driven, multidisciplinary research on technology for the ocean. TEC4SEA represents a unique and pioneer research infrastructure, located in a geostrategic region, that enables full validation and evaluation of technological solutions designed for the ocean environment, allowing researchers to evolve from simulation/lab experiment to field trial;• To support research, development, and testing of new technologies along 4 major research lines:1) Marine robotics, addressing the development of solutions for long term deployments, deep water operations, autonomous inspection and intervention, intelligent data harvesting, and safe operation of unmanned platforms;2) Technologies and systems for underwater monitoring, namely fiber optic sensors and imaging systems for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters and enabling smart infrastructures;3) Broadband wireless communications systems for ocean environments, including radio systems for overwater communications and acoustic, optical, and radio systems for underwater communications;4) Acoustic systems for ocean monitoring and exploration.• To support the specification and testing of draft standard technologies for the ocean environment;• To support research in other scientific areas. Although devoted to support ocean technology, TEC4SEA is an asset for supporting research in other scientific areas;• To integrate with international infrastructures. TEC4SEA aims at integrating with related and complementary RIs benefiting from setting up new partnerships and attracting new users;• To support technical training of human resources as well as advanced education programmes. TEC4SEA is a unique environment that fosters the strict articulation, definition and dissemination of new technical training as well as education programmes.

RI Keywords
Ocean, Sensors, Communication technology, Maritime, Robotics
RI Category
Marine & Maritime Engineering Facilities
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Humanities and Arts
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Access to Research Infrastructure's Facilities

Maritime wireless networks testbed with fixed stations and sea nodes deployed in fishing ships.

Vehicles & Robotic platforms

Robotic platforms capable of supporting different payloads, including buoys and aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles.


Laboratories of (a) robotics with test tanks, (b) optical/radio communications with access to an anechoic camera, (c) acoustic submarine signal processing and instrumentation development for submarine exploration, and (d) optical and image sensors, with access to infrastructure for fabrication of fiber optic based devices, microfabrication (clean room), and optoelectronics instrumentation.

Support facilities
Date of last update: 12/08/2019
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