Internet of Things Lab

Activities

The Laboratory is dedicated to applied and basic research on topics related to the Internet of Things (IoT). It focuses on the research and design of "open" and "flexible" hardware and software solutions for the implementation of complex IoT systems, targeting different vertical application scenarios, from Smart Homes/Buildings, to Smart Factory, Smart City, and so on.

All of the elements of the IoT technology stack are focus of our research, including: sensors and actuators for remote monitoring and control, communication systems, edge computing algorithms, cloud platforms, system key parameter indicators (KPI) and advanced user interfaces.

The Laboratory is participated by two departments of Politecnico di Milano University, covering complementary competence areas:

  • The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering: market analyses, IoT technology scenarios and impact on business models
  • The Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering: research, development and prototyping of IoT technologies and frameworks

The Laboratory aims at providing a testbed for the collection of information from the physical world and its transfer to a control center, as well as the skills necessary to develop control logic, processing and display of data. This testbed operates like an open "platform" for the development of different vertical applications that are also open to other research areas of the University. To this end, the Laboratory is equipped with devices for the monitoring of energy consumption, sensors for the monitoring of environmental parameters (temperature, humidity and presence), multimedia sensors (smart camera, microphones) and the communication infrastructure necessary to deliver the acquired information to a remote control center. The testbed is physically hosted at the Laboratory’s main site in via Durando 39.

Location

Main location: via Giovanni Durando, 39, 20158 Milano MI

Satellite location: via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano (within Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering)

Equipment

Short-range IoT system development equipment

 

  • Wireless sensors development kit, with technologies: ZigBee, ZWave, 6LoWPAN, WMBus, DASH7, EnOcean, BLE, WiFi
  • Single‐board computer for multi‐purpose Gateway/Edge Server (Raspberry Pi e BeagleBoard)
  • Industrial multi-protocol Gateway
  • Battery-supplied Wireless BLE/ZigBee development kit, with 10 MEMS sensors on board
  • Wi-Fi development boards with on-board sensors
  • Monitoring sensors for different physical parameters (to be associated to the existing wireless sensor networks)

Long-range IoT system development equipment

 

  • LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) LoRaWAN (gateway and nodes) systems
  • Sigfox development board with on-board sensors
  • Cellular LTE/4G/NB-IoT development boards

Indoor localization development equipment

 

  • UWB (Ultra Wide Band) systems for indoor localization of people/assets
  • RFId Smart Array Antenna systems for localization and identification
  • ZigBee nodes for indoor localization and monitoring

Radio Frequency Identification (RFId) equipment
 

  • RFId UHF fixed systems
  • RFId UHF mobile reader and printer
  • RFId HF/NFC reading systems

Smart Home development equipment

  • User Interface systems (tablets, vocal assistants)
  • Wearable devices (smart fitness band)
  • Intelligent and connected devices for the Smart Home (TV, speaker, thermostats, intercoms, locks, lightbulbs, LED, plugs, switches, sensors: presence, CO, CO2, temperature, humidity, vibrations, opening, etc.)
  • Electrical consumption monitoring kit for a single device
  • Sensors and smart plugs for electrical consumption (device/line) monitoring
  • Sensors for presence detection/people counting

Services provided

The IoT Lab provides support to applied research aimed at the design, development and testing of solutions related to the Internet of Things, with specific reference to its own applications in the field of home automation, industrial automation, and logistics/asset management. Laboratory services are offered to Politecnico di Milano research groups as well as to external public and private parties, as part of collaboration agreements and research projects.

Procedures and costs of using equipment

Laboratory equipment is available to University research groups and external staff as part of collaborations with the IoT Lab staff. The development of experimental tests will be conducted under the supervision of the Laboratory’s personnel in charge, using methods that are to be agreed upon. To make use of the equipment, please send a request to the Laboratory’s contact person.

Contact Point

Antonio Capone (Scientific Director IoT Lab)
antonio.capone(at)polimi.it  

Giovanni Miragliotta (Scientific Director IoT Lab)
giovanni.miragliotta(at)polimi.it 

Management Committee