The Internet of Things: an overview

This is the fourth year I give my classes about the Internet of Things, to postgraduate students of a Telecom and Electronics Master of the University of Nice (France). From six hours for previous years, my course slot increased to nine hours. Consequently, I was able to spend more time on some important topics, like communications and embedded software. And I introduced two new sections: big data and security.

The new edition of the presentation I use as a support is available on SlideShare.

Munic.Box data

Munic.Box is a wireless OBD device for vehicles, designed by Mobile Devices, a company that designed several other devices (C4, Dreevo, etc.)

The Munic.Box is highly configurable. It can monitor many vehicle parameters (location, speed, acceleration, etc.) in real time, including some OBD data. Data is sent to CloudConnect, a communication server that can forward received data to your own application, thanks to a webhook. Continue reading “Munic.Box data”

IoT tips and tricks #2

In the beginning of the 2000s, while the small company I had cofounded in 1990 was still active, we decided to answer a Request for Proposal submitted by a waste removal company, for a system allowing to check whether all planned daily garbage collections had been performed. At this time, we didn’t know a lot about the waste removal market. But we knew we were experienced enough in technologies we would have to assemble in order to answer the RFP: onboard equipment and embedded software, GNSS positioning, wireless communications, Geographical Information Systems, etc. Continue reading “IoT tips and tricks #2”

IoT tips and tricks #1

As I wrote in another post, one of the distinctive features of IoT projects is that they require integration of technical blocks originating from three different domains: electronics, communications and software. And inside these three domains, various different sub-domains are usually involved: analog and digital electronics, wireless communication modules, protocol stacks, embedded software, user interfaces, database management, analytics, geospatial data, etc. Continue reading “IoT tips and tricks #1”

Uploading sensor data using a cellular network

Keeping in mind the global view is very important when designing an IoT system. Why?

A first distinctive feature of IoT projects is that they require integration of technical blocks originating from three different domains: electronics, communications and software. And in every of these three domains, various different subdomains are usually involved: analog and digital electronics, wireless communication modules, protocol stacks, embedded software, user interfaces, database management, analytics, geospatial data, etc. Continue reading “Uploading sensor data using a cellular network”