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Underwater radio to hit the waves
The underwater communication will be researched for two years
A project to develop underwater radio communication has been unveiled by a Scottish consortium.

It is aimed at helping workers such as divers communicate underwater, rather than using hand signals or writing.

The Department of Trade and Industry awarded 560,000 to Aberdeen's Tritech International Ltd and Insensys Ltd and Livingston firm Wireless Fibre Systems.

Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling unveiled the funding package in Aberdeen.

The Livingston firm will lead the two-year research project.

'Exciting opportunity'

Mr Darling said: "This is cutting-edge technology and that's why we're backing it.

"We know that innovation and technology will be the key ways for Britain to maintain its place as a world leading economy.

"This project demonstrates an opportunity to help establish British industry at the forefront of this field."

Brendan Hyland, chairman of Wireless Fibre Systems, said: "We are delighted our consortium has received this grant

"It offers us an exciting opportunity to extend the UK's global lead in wireless underwater communications.

"Over the next two years we will develop and launch a number of disruptive subsea radio frequency products that will enhance communications, control, networking and safety."

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