The Internet of Things Body of Knowledge (BOKIOT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a range of technologies configured using an architecture that connects physical objects to other objects and to people. Things are smart devices, consisting of embedded electronics connected using a variety of communication technologies. These devices usually incorporate sensors, that take measurements, and actuators that allow the things to be remotely controlled. The data captured is usually transferred to the cloud, where data analytics are used to gain insights, assist in decision making.
The IoT has come to prominence now because ICT technologies have reached a tipping point of affordability and capability, enabling a range of new applications. Critical to the success is power management of IoT devices, enabling battery operated systems with a long life. However, it is generally recognised that the full potential of IoT will only be realised when a number of challenges are overcome. For example, devices and IOT systems created by different parties are easily interoperable. Another key challenge is the implementation of security on IoT devices, which usually do not have enough processing power to adequately defend themselves.
IOT engineering practitioners can be broadly categorised as users or providers of services and technology. A key challenge in the practical application of IoT is the steep learning curve to acquire the technical skill sets required to be an IoT engineer. It is also critically important to have a business planning mindset when designing IoT systems to be cost effective and sustainable.
Frequently Asked Questions about IOT include:
- Why is the IOT prominent now?
- What is the difference between IOT, SCADA and M2M?
- How can engineers make a difference with IoT?
- What are the key challenges constraining the uptake of IoT?
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Technologies
- Data Analytics
- Communication Technologies
- Sensor and embedded electronics
- Power Management
Chapter 2: Common functions:
Chapter 3: Industry specific application
- Consumer (Home)
- Mining and Energy
- Smart Cities
Chapter 4: IOT Practices:
- Business planning and innovation
- Intellectual Property
- Project management
- Quality management
- Risk engineering
- Systems thinking
About this Body of Knowledge
This body of knowledge (BOK) is being developed over time in the course of operating the Applied IoT Engineering Community of Engineers Australia. Materials primarily come from presentations given to the community. It is recognised that parts of the BOK are missing or rudimentary. The aim is to fill in the gaps over time as we organise speakers to address the gaps or to revisit important subjects. For more information regarding the creation of the BOK please contact firstname.lastname@example.org