Wireless Design for Internet of Things (IoT) Applications


    2 Days


    This 2-day technical course addresses wireless design for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including IoT standards, choice of a suitable wireless protocol, antennas and tuning, implementation case studies, integration and self-EMC issues and key receiver and transmitter measurements.

    The course begins with a radio frequency (RF) design perspective on encoding data onto an RF carrier. This includes the concepts of frequency, amplitude and phase modulation viewed through the IQ and eye diagrams, leading to an appreciation of the way that GFSK, QPSK, QAM, OFDM work.

    There are perhaps too many choices now available in the IoT marketplace and so we review and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of popular options, including : WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Sigfox, LoRa, Z-Wave, and cellular offerings such as NB-IoT and GPRS. We also consider the crowded 2.4GHz ISM band, which inevitably suffers collisions between co-located systems. But when two separate radio standards co-exist inside the same product, extra effort is needed to keep them from interfering with each other.

    The course continues with an overview of the radio architectures commonly employed. This helps in understanding their vulnerabilities when performing radio tests and debugging implementation issues. This is followed by a review of IoT antennas, which are primarily small and cheap. Getting the best out of them requires careful siting and matching. Printed antenna design examples and some real-world examples of the pitfalls of integration are presented and discussed.

    Various case studies are then presented with product examples employing Bluetooth, WiFi, Zigbee, Sigfox, GPS – including lessons learned, particularly about self-interference between circuit blocks and the radio section.

    Finally, the course concludes with an overview of validating receive and transmit performance of IoT systems using RF test equipment.


    Module 1 – Digital Modulation Fundamentals for IoT
    Module 2 – IoT Standards and Making Choices
    Module 3 – 802.11/ Bluetooth Coexistence Challenges
    Module 4 – Transceiver Architectures and Impairments
    Module 5 – Antennas and Tuning
    Module 6 – Case Studies, Integration and Self-EMC Issues
    Module 7 – Receiver and Transmitter Measurements


    A detailed course brochure is available on request. Either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    The course is aimed at RF and hardware engineers designing, developing, integrating and testing devices for RF IoT applications or applications engineers supporting customers with RF IoT devices and integration. Technical managers involved in managing IoT development projects will also benefit from the course, which will enable them to better understand the various trade-offs and challenges involved in RF IoT device development.


    This is a technical course and the ability to assimilate and understand technical concepts is essential. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course. Participants would normally be qualified to degree level or have equivalent experience in an engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject. If you are unsure about the technical level of the course then either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Understand the basics of digital modulation techniques used in IoT devices and systems
    • Know the strengths and weaknesses of popular IoT standards for a given application
    • Appreciate the issues that can arise with 802.11 and Bluetooth co-existence
    • Understand different IoT chipset radio architectures and implications for implementation and debugging
    • Know a range of IoT antenna types on how to optimise their performance for IoT applications
    • Understand practical IoT implementation challenges through real-world case studies
    • Know how to perform a range of IoT device receiver and transmitter tests using RF test equipment


    The course will take place on the following dates in 2018:

    Course Code RF1806
    Day 1 – Monday 18 June 2018, Registration: 9:00-9:30 AM, Start: 9:30 AM, Finish: 5:00 PM
    Day 2 – Tuesday 19 June 2018, Start: 9:00 AM, Finish: 4:30 PM


    £995 + £199 VAT = £1194 GBP
    UK Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 20%


    Course fees cover tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunches and full-colour printed notes. Each participant will also receive a PDF Certificate of Attendance. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the course fees.


    Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK

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    The nearest railway station is Fleet, Station Approach, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 3QY, UK.
    Rohde & Schwarz UK is 15 mins walk from the railway station or a short taxi ride.

    Travel by Air
    Heathrow airport is 26 miles (42 km) and Gatwick airport is 48 miles (77 km) from Rohde & Schwarz UK. If you are travelling by air, then we can reserve a taxi for you. The driver will meet you at arrivals and transfer you either to your hotel or directly to the course venue. Please call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 if you require any travel assistance.


    Please note that accommodation costs are not included in the course fees. Hotels and B&Bs can be found in the area including:

    Premier Inn Fleet – distance from hotel to course venue=0.8 miles (1.2 km)
    The Lismoyne Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=1.7 miles (2.7 km)
    The Elvetham Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=3.6 miles (5.8 km)


    We encourage you to read our full Terms & Conditions, which cover important issues like payment and cancellation policies.


    We want to ensure that our courses meet or exceed your expectations. Therefore, if you attend a scheduled course and conclude by lunch time of the first day that the course is unsuitable, then simply notify the course instructor and we will arrange to refund 100% of the course fee. You must leave the course at this time and return all learning materials and handouts to the instructor for the guarantee to apply.


    A cancellation fee of 20% will apply for cancellations received 7-14 days before the start of a course. Cancellations received less than 7 days before are not refundable. Substitute delegates can be made any time before a course starts.


    Upon registering for a course, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and a VAT Invoice within 1 working day. We strongly recommend that you do not make any firm travel and/or accommodation commitments until you receive final confirmation that the course will definitely go ahead. This is sent as soon as the minimum number of attendees has been reached to make the course viable and no later than 1 week before the scheduled course start date.


    Please click here and complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.

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