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Course Overview

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

The course begins with an RF design perspective on encoding data onto an RF carrier. This includes the concepts of frequency, amplitude and phase modulation viewed through 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. 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.

The course also includes some practical demonstrations to help reinforce concepts and performed using the latest RF and microwave test and measurement instruments. The course is delivered in partnership with leading test equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz at their UK office. Throughout the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask the instructor questions to help clarify understanding. You are welcome to bring along your designs for class or private discussion with the instructor. The course instructor brings over 30 years of experience in RF, wireless and microwave design, development, test and measurement.

Course Curriculum
  • Fundamentals of Digital Modulation for IoT

  • IoT Standards and Making Choices

  • 802.11/ Bluetooth Coexistence Challenges

  • Radio Transceiver Architectures and Impairments

  • IoT Antennas and Tuning

  • Case Studies, Integration and Self-EMC Issues

  • Transmitter and Receiver Measurements

Target Audience
  • RF Engineers

  • Hardware Engineers

  • RF Integration Engineers

  • Applications Engineers

  • Technical Managers

The technical 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.

Course Brochure

Need more information? Click here to download a detailed course brochure.


Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, an ability to absorb and understand technical concepts is essential together with a desire to learn more about the topics covered. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Those taking the course 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.

What’s Included?
  • Class tuition by industry expert with 30+ years of experience

  • Full-colour printed course notes including all presentation slides

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and buffet lunches

  • High-quality printed Certificate of Attendance

Course Fee

£1125 + £225 VAT = £1350 GBP per person
Please note that UK VAT (value-added tax) is charged at 20%.

Course Dates

Course Code RF2904
Day 1 – Monday 29 April 2019, Registration: 9:00-9:30 am, Start: 9:30 am, Finish: 5:00 pm
Day 2 – Tuesday 30 April 2019, Start: 9:00 am, Finish: 4:30 pm

Course Registration
Register for Course RF2904
Course Location

The course will be held in a modern, well-equipped conference room at Rohde & Schwarz UK
Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK


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

Travel by Car
Ample car parking is available at Rohde & Schwarz UK.

Travel by Train
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 or email us at enquiries@thetechnologyacademy.com 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)


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.

Registration Confirmation

Upon registering for a course online, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and an invoice/receipt 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.

Onsite Course Option

If you have a group or team that requires training, then we can deliver this course onsite at your facility at most locations around the World. For further information, either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.

Terms & Conditions

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

Any Questions?

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

Delivered in partnership with leading test equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz.