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Internet of Things Tech Cluster

 

This Tech Cluster consists of the following tech centres:

  • “Mobile, Wireless & Web” Tech Centre @ T12705
  • “Networks, Cloud & Analytics” Tech Centre @ T931

About the Centre

These are two of the core Technology Centres under the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. They are project development centres with technical support from the academic staff who are actively involved in technology projects. They also provide students with facilities to work on a variety of projects.

The Mobile, Wireless and Web Tech Centre focuses on Web Application Development, Client and Server Application, and Android & iOS Mobile App Development. Various wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, WIFI, RFID, ZIGBEE, LORA and SIGFOX have been used in many industry/competition projects at the centre.

The Network, Cloud and Analytics Tech Centre specializes in curriculum, R&D, competition and applied projects in the technology areas such as Cisco Networking, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Data Visualization and Analytics. It also provides staff and students in the school with on-demand, scalable, virtual computing resources and storage.

The two centres work closely to support students’ final year projects, industrial collaboration and staff capability development.

Capabilities and Technical Services

The centres specialise in R&D and applied projects in the following technology areas:

  • Mobile app development (both iOS and Android)
  • Wireless communication technologies (WIFI, Bluetooth, GPRS, GPS, ZIGBEE, RFID, LORA, SIGFOX etc.)
  • Web application development (client-server programming, databases etc.)
  • Network security
  • Cloud computing & data analytics

Backed by the vast experience of the members, the centres have been providing technical consultation, training, seminars and project collaboration to the local government, education institutions, businesses and industry.

Project Showcase

The centres promote a wide array of IoT-related projects undertaken by students and staff. Some of the achievements and past projects are shown below:

  • Awards from local/International competitions
  • User Experience Management in Smart Washroom

The project makes use of a combination of microcontrollers, sensors and user-feedback to monitor the conditions of a washroom.  The team adopted a modular approach whereby the low-cost sensor modules could be mixed and matched according to the needs of a particular washroom.  Leveraging on wireless communications and web technologies such as JSON, Firebase, JavaScript, Java, and PHP, real-time information is continually collected and sent to a XAMP Server.  The data is then displayed graphically in real-time using a charting library, Highcharts.  With the focus on data analytics, insights on the usage patterns of the washroom could be used by the building managers to better plan cleaning schedules.  The system also triggers instant notifications to building managers or cleaners, whenever exceptional situations, such as toilet flooding, occur.
These features translate to higher levels of washroom cleanliness and hygiene, as the cleaners could be deployed more efficiently and effectively.  Furthermore, with the instant notifications, building managers and cleaners are able to respond almost immediately to any emergency situations.

  • Smart Shop

    With Smart Shop, shoppers can find out about stock availability, price, promotions, and product information anywhere anytime. By implementing mobile payment within the app, there is no need for long queues at the cashiers.  The indoor navigation system helps shoppers find the products they want.  The interactive app and attractive discounts improve customer engagement and loyalty. With the use of Data Analytics, retailers can understand their customers' shopping styles.

  • Easy Lock – An IoT Locker System for a Smart Campus

This locker system allows users to conveniently rent and access their lockers. Using the energy-efficient Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the smart phone is able to scan for any available locker and rent it easily and conveniently. The locker can be rented for any duration - from minutes to days. This gives users great freedom and flexibility. Before the rental period is up, the system can even remind users to either retrieve their items or renew their rental. As the key is residing virtually within the smart phone, it also provides users with the ability to share their locker key with other users and limit the key to only a single use. Applications for this feature include passing of items without the need to meet up, handing in of assignments, etc.

  • WIP Tracking System (asset tracking application)

This system provides visibility to Operations Management of the progress of each work order and detection of bottlenecks, for which solutions can be initiated. It uses Active Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) to track the location of Work-in-Progress (WIP), Sub-assemblies (SA) and Finished Goods (FG) on the production floor.  Real-time production data is available 24/7. The benefits include increased efficiency of the factory operations, and better scheduling and use of resources. The system is scalable to support up to 40 routers/zones and 400 active RFID tags.

  • Intelligent Mouse Trap (application of wireless sensor network)

Mouse trap used by pest control companies often consists of a box with openings at both ends and a glue board at the bottom. This project focuses on adding sensor to existing trap to detect a trapped mouse, and using GSM module to send SMS to the supervisor when a mouse is trapped, so that the trapped mouse can be disposed of immediately. The sensor circuit designed is “low power” (i.e. can be battery operated for weeks) and “low cost” (<$15 per board). To further save cost, only a “base station” is equipped with GSM module and the individual traps can ask this “base station”, via wireless means (i.e. 433MHz RF communication), to send SMS. When a mouse is caught at a trap, the LED will be made to blink, so that the trap can be located easily.

Collaboration

  • The centres collaborate with a number of MNC’s, SME’s, IHL’s / Research Institutes etc. through projects, joint seminars/workshops and consultancy.

    • Cisco Systems (USA) Pte Ltd
    • IBM Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Redhat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
    • VMware (S) Pte Ltd
    • Institute for Infocomm Research
    • Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore
    • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
    • NUS
    • NTU
    • NexLabs Pte Ltd
    • SysEng (S) Pte Ltd
    • NETS

Courses and Seminars

The centres conduct courses and seminars in the following areas

  • Redhat Linux Certification
  • Cisco Network Academy Programme
  • Network Security and QoS Management
  • Building an Internet of Things
  • Digital Technologies for a Smart City
  • Practical approach to Cloud Computing
  • Practical approach to Wireless and Computer Networks
  • Workshop on Mobile App Development
  • Workshop on HTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS

 

Contact Information

Mr Chong Siew Ping
Cluster Tech Leader (Internet of Things), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Email: CHONG_Siew_Ping@sp.edu.sg
Phone: 6879 0647
Fax: 6772 1974
   
Mr Wong Chee Yong
Technology Leader (Mobile, Wireless & Web), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Email: WONG_Chee_Yong@sp.edu.sg
Phone: : 6772 1435
Fax: 6772 1974
   
Mr Phyoe Kyaw Kyaw
Technology Leader (Networks, Cloud & Analytics), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Email: PHYOE_Kyaw_Kyaw@sp.edu.sg
Phone: : 6772 1435
Fax: 6772 1974
   

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