Internet of Things (IoT)

The vision of IoT focusses on more interconnected, heterogeneous, physical devices or things than in previous visions of Internet. A heavy focus is mostly on Sensors or identifiable (RFID) type Things, less so on actuators/ controllers as Things. Note that most Things in the physical world may not be artificial (devices), they are natural. If they are artificial or man-made, they may not be digital. If they are digital they may not necessarily have a CPU that is reprogrammable. They may not be networked as part of the Internet. e.g., a table or chair, but they could be. The focus of IoT is less on human access devices such as different kinds of user terminals from wearables to smart phones to tablets, laptops and servers. These are also Things but implied as enablers. Many Things may be internetworked via local (access) networks that may be not be directly TCP-IP based, we need to use gateways to interoperate with these networks.

IoT Applications and Projects at QMUL

The physical Environment as an Internet of Things or Smart Environment: TRIDEC

(Smart) Cities and Urban Road Transport as an Internet of Things: SUNSET


         The physical Environment as an Internet of Things or Smart Environment: TRIDEC

         (Smart) Cities and Urban Road Transport as an Internet of Things: SUNSET

         The Human Body as part of an Internet of Things: ASSET

Sensors and the Internet of Things Course

This is a MSc Level Course worth 15 credits offered by Academic staff in the QMUL/EECS networks research group. Lecturers: Dr Eliane Bodanese, Dr Stefan Poslad


This module provides a comprehensive study in the Internet of Things (IoT) including sensors and other enabling technologies. This module comes as a response to the increasing commercial and research interest in smart everywhere applications, like smart grid, smart city, smart home, industrial automation, telemetry, etc. This module covers the concepts and the enabling technologies that allow the formation of a network for autonomous communication and processing between things or between people and things. Topics include: the enabling technologies (radio frequency identification, wireless sensor networks, Near Field Communication (NFC), power line communications), physical layer challenges, naming, addressing, routing, transport layer, middleware, application protocols, service and event models for the Internet of Things. The module also includes some of the recent developments in the standardization of machine to machine communication.


         To provide a broad view of the enabling technologies for the realization of the Internet of Things including understanding how concepts such as Ubiquitous Computing relate to the realization of the Internet of Things and relevant standards.

         To provide a detailed view of sensors and the most deployed technologies and its relation as an enabling technology of IoT.

         To enable students to understand how to design and develop applications of Internet of Things.

Lecture Outline

         Introduction to Internet of Things - IoT

         System Architectures & Models for IoT  

         RFID Technology as Enabler of IoT

         Sensors 1  - Enabling Technology  for IoT

         Web of Things1

         Web of Things 2 

         Devices and Clouds of Things

         IoT Case studies & IoT Management

         Sensors 2

         PLC and NFC Technologies as Enablers of IoT

         Resource Constraint M2M Networks