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EIT Digital

Introduction to Architecting Smart IoT Devices

EIT Digital via Coursera


Architecting smart IoT (Internet of Things) devices involves designing and developing interconnected devices that can collect and exchange data over the internet to perform various functions and tasks. These devices are equipped with sensors, microcontrollers, communication modules, and software, allowing them to interact with the physical world and communicate with other devices or central systems.

What will you learn?

Embedded Systems are so ubiquitous that some of us take them for granted: we find them in smartphones, GPS systems, airplanes, and so on. But have you ever wondered how these devices actually work? If so, you're in the right place!

In this course, you'll learn about the characteristics of embedded systems: the possibilities, dangers, complications, and recipes for success. We'll discuss all of this in the framework of a flourishing embedded systems field: the Internet of Things, where billions of intercommunicating devices could enable unprecedented, innovative products and services. If you'd like to learn how to create similarly innovative products, then this is the course for you!

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:
- make the right choice for your own project when it comes to the target market, parallel executions, time, and the lifecycle of your system
- hack, avoid failure and promote success
- decide whether to buy or to build components
- how to assemble a good team
- install case tools
- learn how to work with SysML


  • What are Embedded Systems?
    • This first module will define what embedded systems are by looking at the most important EmS market areas and different characteristics of EmS. Furthermore we will talk about dealing with multiple events at the same time, the importance of world time, and the duration of an EmS lifecycle.
  • Problems and Failures
    • In this module we will be tackling the problems of existing embedded systems and system hackings, the failure of systems and how we can make these systems more successful, the influence of production quantity, and the increasing EmS complexity.
  • System Life Cycle
    • This last module will discuss the different models to design a system lifecycle, the gathering of requirements for architectural design, and the use of structural models and modelling language.

Taught by

Martin Timmerman


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