Course detail

Communication Systems for IoT

FEKT-MPA-IOTAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course “Communication Systems for IoT” details the actual approaches for the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmissions utilizing either wired or wireless communication technologies and communication protocols. The outlined approaches are valid for: (i) industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); (ii) intelligent networks (Smart Grids); (iii) Smart Cities; (iv) and Industry 4.0. The students will be able to differentiate between the M2M and H2H (Human-to-Human) communication, decide how to implement the data aggregation, and select the suitable communication technology based on the communication requirements (data volume, traffic patterns, security, performance limitations, power source, etc.).

The laboratories follow the theoretical part of the course (lectures) and focus on the practical implementation of the selected wireless communication technologies, e.g., Sigfox, LoRaWAN, and Narrowband IoT. The students will work with real prototypes aiming to establish fully functional communication based on the given parameters. For this, the students will use the UniLab laboratory, a unique platform equipped with the latest communication technologies working in both licensed and unlicensed frequency spectrum.




Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the Bachelor degree level is required. . Work in the laboratory is conditioned by a valid qualification of "instructed person" according to Vyhl. 50/1978 Sb., which students must obtain before starting the course. Information on this qualification is given in the Dean's Directive Familiarization of students with safety regulations.   



Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Total course score = 12p (lab. exercises) + 18p (lab. tests) + 70p (final exam).



In total, the students can get up to 30 points during the semester. To successfully pass the laboratories, the students have to attend and submit all 12 exercises.





"Communication Systems for IoT" is recently established course with great potential; practically oriented. The course provides actual information (lectures, invited lectures, and laboratories / computer exercises) to follow the trends within the: (i) Internet of Things (IoT); (ii) Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); (iii) Massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC); (iv) Industry 4.0; and (v) Smart Grids.   

On course completion, students will be able to:
- Define the communication principles within the next-generation networks (5G New Radio; mMTC, IoT, IIoT).
- Differentiate between the M2M and H2H (Human-to-Human) communication.
- Decide on how to implement the data aggregation, and select the suitable communication technology based on the communication requirements (data volume, traffic patterns, security, performance limitations, power source, etc.).  


Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-TIT Master's, any year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPA-EAK Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to High-speed communication systems. Using technology. Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gbit Ethernet, Gbit Ethernet. Synchronous Digital Hierarchy SDH. Asynchronous Transfer Mode ATM. Next high-speed technology. High-speed system CISCO 2821. IP telephony in CISO networks, routing IP-MPLS.
2 Synchronous Digital Hierarchy - SDH. Recommendation ITU-T about SDH, multiplex structure SDH, frame STM-1 structure, synchronous multiplexing STM-1 to STM-4, SDH generation.
3. Integration of PDH order to STM-1, pointer AU-4/PTS, stuffing of frame beginning, integration E1 to STM-1. Ethernet over SDH. Network elements and nodes SDH. Network SDH structure.
4. Architecture of Czech synchronization network. Quality of digital channel evaluation, area of using Rec. G.826.
5. Technology ATM. ATM cell, interfaces of ATM networks, ATM connection, addressing at ATM, reference model ATM. ATM adaptive layer, ATM quality of service.

6. TMN - Telecommunication Management Network. Function blocks TMN. Physical TMN architecture.
7. Basics of voice transmission using IP. Using of CISCO technology. Principles of VoIP, signalling protocols VoIP, covered protocols set H.323, important protocols MGCP, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), SCCP (Skinny Client Control Protocol). Protocols for medium transports RTP (Real Time Transport Protocol), RTCP (RTP Control Protocol), cRTP (Compressed RTP), sRTP (Secure RTP). gates VoIP, hardware gates.
8. VoIP and QoS. Sound quality for IP, using methods, voice packets, processing by codecs, processing by processors DSP
9. Analogue voice ports, local calling, calling in network, calling out of network, voice ports on routers CISCO IOS, analogue voice ports configuration, trunks, Dial-peers
10. Digital voice ports, digital trunks, CAS T1, CAS E1 R2, QSIG
11. Gates control, protocol H.323, implementation of gates MGCP, implementation of gates SIP
12. Plan of dialling. Addressing of end po

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. CISCO Introduction
4. CISCO security
5. Přenos FHHS
7. BER
8. Bandwidth
9. Voiceband
10. DSS