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Build your own Internet of Things with Coursera

13 Okt 2015

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Have you ever wondered how the Internet of Things—a.k.a. the Internet of Everything—really works? Beginning in October, Qualcomm is partnering with University of California San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information (Calit2) to offer a series of five courses that will explore just that. The program, called Build Your Own Internet of Things, will be offered on the online education platform Coursera. It will not only provide an in-depth review of the technologies and protocols behind the IOT but will also allow participants to create and develop their own IOT products and services.

The first course explores the how and why of The Internet of Things. From telephony systems to TV and radio broadcast networks, it will delve into the past and current technologies that have come together to make communication through the cloud, and therefore the IOT, possible. The second course becomes much more hands-on. Students learn how to build a hardware and software development environment using the DragonBoard 410c single board computer (SBC) from Arrow Electronics based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, on which all future course projects will be built. In the third course, students learn how information is communicated between physical devices and smartphone processors. They’ll then learn to write code that turns devices into connected devices.

In the fourth course, students explore data transfer protocols behind VoIP applications, like Skype. They’ll also learn to build a VoIP system that can send and receive voice and text messages. And in the last course of the series, students will learn about the principles behind using video and audio programs in media content and will build a media player application.

Finally, in March of 2016, participants will put all their IOT development skills to the test by building the program’s Cornerstone Project: a mobile surveillance system. Though a description of such a system will be provided, students will be encouraged to build any surveillance system they can dream up.

Interested IOT enthusiasts can sign up on the Coursera website.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.