Course content

Today, sensors and their data are an integral part of spatial data infrastructures. Wired together using Geo Sensor Networks they are one of the main components of smart cities and smart regions. Thus, they play an important role in geodesy, construction, energy and mobility sectors, as well as for monitoring and controlling systems of the environment, agriculture, forestry and many more.

The focus of the module is to provide skills for analysis, concept development and implementation of IoT projects where data is collected using sensors, transmitted to the Internet using various network technologies, and managed, visualized and analyzed using open standards for Geo Sensor Networks.

The course includes an introduction to IoT hardware. Microcontrollers (Arduino, RaspberryPi), a range of sensors, actuators and indicators, and the most common protocols for communication between controllers and peripherals will be introduced. Furthermore, communication hardware and protocols of microcontrollers are discussed. The focus here is on Low Power Wide Area Network technology LoRa and the LoRaWAN protocol. For sensor data management, the basics of interoperable open standards for Geo Sensor Networks (including OGC Sensor Web Enablement and SensorThings API) will be introduced and standard compliant services and protocols will be used. In addition, methods and tools for visualization and analysis of time series data will be presented and used in the course.

The course provides a theoretical background of IoT sensor data and Geo Sensor Networks, which the students apply in practical exercises during the lectures. Throughout the semester, student groups of 2-3 students work on IoT projects - from the hardware selection up to an IoT application using sensor data collected by the hardware. The hardware for each student is provided by us and the teams work on their own. The student groups are supported by our staff and tutors.

More details on the course, a timetable and information regarding the grading and registration is available in Schedule.

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Support and contact

If you have questions regarding the course, please give me a call or write me an eMail: b.willenborg(at), +49 89 289 22973


Course Evaluation

Hello all,

We would like to invite you to participate in evaluating our course, "Geo Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things". In the past few days, you have received an email with the survey, which runs from 20.06.2023 to 09.07.2023.

Further instructions on filling out the survey are provided in these Slides.

We highly appreciate your feedback on the course, which helps us continuously improve the content and delivery.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and let us know your experience in the course.

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Hello all,

To accommodate the many groups working on projects this year, we will have two dates for the final presentations, 31.07.2023 and 07.08.2023. 

The allocation is as follows:

Final Presentations Day I: 31.07.2023

  • Group-03: Cycling Comfort and Road Damage 2023 I
  • Group-04: Cycling Comfort and Road Damage 2023 II
  • Group-05: Greenhouse Management 2023
  • Group-10: LoRaWAN(s) in Munich - Comparing SWM LoRaWAN, The Things Network and Helium (SWM)
  • Group-11: Partial Validation of SWM Network Coverage Map 2023 (SWM)
  • Group-12: Urban Heat Effect Detection (Own Topic)
  • Group-14: Mushroom Growing Box 2023

Final Presentations Day II: 07.08.2023

  • Group-01: Citizen Enablement I (SWM)
  • Group-02: Citizen Enablement II (SWM)
  • Group-06: Indoor Ambient Monitoring – Comfort & Light 
  • Group-07: Indoor Ambient Monitoring - CO² 2023
  • Group-08: IoT-Based Urban Gardening - Balcony
  • Group-09: IoT-Based Urban Gardening - (SWM)
  • Group-13:    Retrofitting the Typical City Waste Bin (SWM)

The Chair of Geoinformatics has organised a visit to ESRI headquarters in Germany on 21.07.2023 and invites interested students. Kindly note that the number of participants is limited.

Please find further details in the attached document.

Excursion Esri.pdf

Hello all,

The exam registration is now open. For our course, Geo Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things, there are two modules available as follows:

  • ED110027Geo Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things - Exam module within the master's program Geodesy and Geoinformation (5 ECTS)
  • ED110046:Internet of Things for the Built Environment - Exam module within the three master's programs 1) Environmental Engineering, 2) Civil Engineering, and 3) Information Technologies for the Built Environment (ITBE)  (6 ECTS)

The exam registration deadline is 30.06.2023.

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