SMART short course: Introduction to Internet of Things

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This course offers an introduction to the IoT covering not only the theoretical background and current usages, but also providing practical knowledge through hands-on tutorials and workshops. Students will gain expertise on the whole IoT process.

All successful participants will receive two UOW credit points.

Course date: September 14 to September 25. This course will run over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 3.30pm to 7pm
Format: Mix delivery online real time + on-demand recordings
Cost: $1800
Introductory course: introducing concepts, methods or tools to relevant students or professionals

Available discounts:

  • 20% off for students
  • 10% off for UOW Staff and registered Alumni. Register as UOW alumnus

Special discounts are available if you want to book two or more courses, or if you have a group booking of 10 or more. To discuss please contact Lynda Hezemans at

The 21-hour (6 sessions, 3 days total) course will include:

  • Real-time theory lectures
  • Breaks where teachers will be live if people wants to discuss and ask questions
  • On-demand workshops, so participants can access at their own pace
  • Real-time Q&As

Session 1 + 2 — What is the Internet of Things and why should we care?

  • Introduction
  • Defining the Internet of Things: history, technologies, trends, impacts, and business opportunities
  • IoT networks, protocols and interoperability
  • Introduction to sensors
  • Introduction to IoT development kits: Arduino, LoPy, Raspberry Pi
  • A first experiment: Building your first sensor and visualize data

Session 3 + 4 — LoRaWAN and The Things Network

  • Achieving Long Range and Low Power data transmission
  • LoRaWAN Architecture
  • The Things Network – A free to use and open LoRaWAN network
  • Tutorial/Workshop: Connecting your sensors to The Things Network
  • Managing payloads: Encoding and decoding messages
  • Tutorial: Connecting your sensor to the cloud and building your first dashboard with Cayenne

Session 5 + 6 — Dashboards and building advanced applications

  • Publishing data: MQTT
  • Tutorial/Workshop: Graphically build your IoT Application with Node-Red
  • Real-world applications (SMART Pedestrians, SMART Storm waterways management)
  • Hackathon session

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the Internet of Things and its applications
  • Discover hardware for the Internet of Things
  • Know the different network protocols for the Internet of things
  • Have extended knowledge on LoRaWAN
  • Deploy and connect sensors to the Things Network
  • Build IoT applications

Course Pre-requisite

  • Basic knowledge of Computer Science and programming is preferred but not required.