183.632 Wireless in Automation
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VU, 3.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to.. 

  • list typical application areas for wireless automation systems
  • name benefits and drawbacks of using wireless communication in automation systems
  • explain the challenges and chances in wireless automation
  • describe the approaches and differences of established technologies
  • define the challenges in implementing (distributed) applications
  • challenge, analyze and evaluate new techniques in this area.



Subject of course

  Introduction to (wireless) automation systems
  Survey on wireless communication including security and energy aspects
  Classify standards for wireless communication in automation systems

  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • ZigBee
  • WirelessHART
  • ISA 100
  • 6LoWPAN
  • 6TiSCH
  • Bluetooth
  • IEEE 802.11
  • KNX RF
  • Z-Wave
  • EnOcean
  • Thread

Teaching methods

Contents are presented in lectures and deepened in extracts in accompanying exercises and a short midterm paper by the students. Case studies are used to discuss certain aspects in detail.

Mode of examination


Additional information

ECTS Breakdown

  • 14h Lecturer time
  • 12h Lecture time (preparation)
  • 12h Hands-on time
  • 12h Hands-on time (preparation)
  • 24h Homework - seminar part: draft/final/review
  • 1h Administration



Examination modalities

Examination, exercises submitted together with lab reports and a short midterm paper, presentation of solutions

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.03.2020 12:00 17.03.2020 16:00 17.03.2020 16:00


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below



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