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University of California, San Diego

Internet of Things Capstone V2: Build a Mobile Surveillance System

University of California, San Diego via Coursera


In the Capstone project for the Internet of Things specialization, you will design and build your own system that uses at least 2 sensors, at least 1 communication protocol and at least 1 actuator. You will have a chance to revisit and apply what you have learned in our courses to achieve a robust, practical and/or fun-filled project. We absolutely encourage you to design whatever you can think up! This is your chance to be creative or to explore an idea that you have had. But if you don’t have your own idea, we provide the description of a surveillance system, for you to build. We will participate in the Capstone with you by building a surveillance system that features an off-grid solar powered workstation that will serve as a hub to multiple surveillance sensors. You will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained in this course through delivery of industry-appropriate documents such as System Design documents and Unit Test reports. Additionally, you will be asked to describe and show case your project as a short video presentation – appropriate for demonstrating your knowledge and technical communication skills. Learning Goals: After completing this Capstone, you will be able to: 1. Design systems using mobile platforms. You will gain experience in documenting and presenting designs. 2. Develop systems that interface multiple sensors and actuators to the DragonBoard™ 410c system and develop the necessary software to create a fully functional system. 3. Specify unit tests and system tests, run tests and prepare Test Reports as are commonly done by those working in this industry. 4. Gain experience (and feedback!) in making technical presentations.


  • Introduction
    • Welcome to the Internet of Things! Before diving into this course give us a chance to let you know what it is all about! We will walk you through a module by module outline that will give you highlights on the interesting aspects of the course.
  • Capstone, Part 1 - Getting ready
    • This section will go over the approach our team took while setting up the Capstone project. Here you will see some diagrams, as well as the system components which were used to build our entire systems. We offer recommendations, highlights and examples as to how you can reduce or expand on the project we provide as a template.
  • Capstone, Part 2 - Getting set up
    • In this module you will get to see everything! All of the components we purchased for our project as well as some alternative that might help you cut the price or increase the power of your own system. Once we look at everything we will be using to build our system, we will quickly put it together and test it outside in the sun.
  • Final - The last module
    • This module consists of a peer review assignment with two submission requirements. Please read the peer review assignment carefully and submit the required files for review from your classmates. We here look forward to seeing all of the exiting projects you come up with! Remember: If there are any questions, comments, concerns, or if you would just like to show off some pictures or videos, please go to the discussion section and post. I am sure your classmates would love to help and/or hear about your project.

Taught by

Ganz Chockalingam and Harinath Garudadri


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