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Internet-of-things wireless communications

Individual course

This course focuses on the requirements, enabling techniques, use cases and applications of the different Wireless Communications technologies for realizing and enabling the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Internet-of-Everything worlds.

Course contents

Different IoT requirements and use cases from wireless communications perspective:

  • massive MTC
  • mission critical MTC
  • ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) and MTC

Enabling Wireless Communications methods and systems and their key features, characteristics, pros and cons, including:

  • low-range local area techniques (Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-wave, etc) for IoT systems
  • wider-range techniques (e.g. IEEE 802.11ah) for IoT systems
  • wide-area techniques at unlicensed/ISM bands (LoRa, SigFox) for IoT systems
  • wide-area cellular network based techniques available today, especially extended coverage GSM (EC-GSM), 3GPP LTE-M, 3GPP Narrowband IoT
  • wide-area cellular network based techniques currently in the R&D phase, especially 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) and massive MTC and mission-critical MTC solutions

Ultra reliable and low latency communications (URLLC) concept

Synchronization, modulation, and multiple access issues in IoT

Practical examples of short-, medium-, and long-range IoT applications

Link budget computations in IoT

Learning outcomes

After passing this course, the students have good and comprehensive understanding of the potential, requirements, use cases and core enabling techniques for realizing the future Internet-of-Things (IoT) system and networks. Particular emphasis is on the wireless communications physical layer and radio system/network aspects techniques.

Course material

Lecture notes, slides and other complementary materials.

Completion methods

Active participation, small homeworks via Moodle or via presential participation or each lecture/topic area, and a small final project in (e.g., literature study and short video presentation on a chosen topic). For FITech students, flexible mechanisms are pursued.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

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Responsible teacher

University of Tampere
Sergey Andreev

Further information about the course and studying

University of Tampere
Mikko Valkama, 5G coordinator

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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5G technology,
Industrial internet,
Wireless technology
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
Basic math, basics of signals and systems
Course suitable for:
For all those who are interested in understanding the fundamentals and future prospects of Internet-of-Things, with particular focus on the wireless communication technology
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