Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)

An intermediate level course intended for engineers creating, or about to create, products for use with IoT applications

Instructor: Lee Vishloff

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx

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Course Description

Most new Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications have a wireless component. Generally, the wireless technology is an enabler, but not the main focus of the company developing the application / product. Such companies may struggle with the main issues associated with selecting and integrating wirelesss technology into products. This course teaches you what you need to know in order to select a wireless solution for an IoT application regardless of the chosen platform.

>> Watch video introduction by wireless expert, instructor, Lee Vishloff

Who Should Attend

An intermediate level course - this is intended for engineers creating, or about to create, products for use with Internet-of-Things applications.


Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Lee Vishloff


Mr. Vishloff is the principal engineer in a wireless consultancy focused on cellular-based M2M solutions and short-range wireless products. He has over 30 years of experience in wireless systems and product design. During his career he has designed a wide range of wireless products including satellite systems, terrestrial radio systems, rural communications, aeronautical and others. Lee brings a wide range of practical experience with hands-on and management experience in wireless telecommunication systems, modem, RF, analog, digital, embedded firmware and mechanical design technologies. He has spent the majority of his career working with equipment manufacturers with stints in the semiconductor and consulting businesses. He has served on numerous joint industry-academic committees during his career, strengthening the link between academic research and practical industry needs. Lee has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and completed his management education at Simon Fraser University and the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the participant should understand:

  • The main attributes of the major competing wireless technologies
  • How to interpret radio specifications
  • How to compare two radio modules
  • How to select a suitable radio technology
  • The requirements to make a product legal for sale
  • The common impairments affecting radio performance

Course Content

The course outline follows:

  1. IoT basics
  2. Wireless Behavior (Line of Sight, Near Line of Sight, Non Line of Sight)
  3. RF and Antenna (Performance characteristics, Frequency bands of interest and global variants, Band selection criteria)
  4. Radio Specifications (What is being measured, How to compare specifications, Typical performance numbers)
  5. Licensed vs. Unlicensed Spectrum
  6. The Main Wireless Standards (Cellular, WiFi, Zigbee, Bluetooth)
  7. Other Wireless Standards
  8. Networking Standards (Cellular, Ad-hoc, Mesh, 6LowPan)
  9. Making Your Product Legal
  10. Getting Good Performance Numbers

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture.  Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units (3 Professional Development Hours) for participating.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

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