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Group Design Project

Internet of Things



Important characteristics of Internet of Things (IoT) products


  1. Connection of physical objects and devices to other physical objects and devices
  2. Connection to the Internet
  3. Physical objects and devices can be uniquely identified
  4. Use of sensors to collect data
  5. Use of actuators to change physical objects or the local environment
  6. Processing of data and implementation of algorithms to build smart features
  7. Ubiquitous availability of physical objects and devices anytime and all the time
  8. Physical objects and devices are self-configurable and/or programmable

Source: Minerva, R., Biru, A., Rotondi, D. (2015). Towards a definition of the internet of things (iot) [PDF] Retrieved from https://iot.ieee.org/definition.html




IoT characteristics required for the coursework


  1. Connection of physical objects and devices to other physical objects and devices
  2. Usage of at least one public API, such as Meetup API or OpenSensors
  3. Use of sensors to collect data
  4. Use of actuators to change physical objects or the local environment




Additional requirements for the coursework


  1. Has applications in the retail sales industry
  2. Use a design that is based on a single-board microcontroller, such as a Particle Photon, Raspberry Pi, Arduino Uno, Teensy or mbed
  3. Use only components that are available from the School of Engineering laboratories or the SK Pang vendor
  4. Use a budget of £200 or less to build the prototypes