Description
 


Directors:
N. Bonimpa, Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU)
L. Chemane, Mozambique Research and Education Network (MoRENet)
M. Kashorda, Kenya Education Network (KENET)
M. Mushi, Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET)
J. Sansa-otim, Makarere University, Uganda
M. Zennaro, ICTP, Italy

ICTP Scientific Contact:  M. Zennaro, ICTP, Italy

The involvement of National Research and Education Networks (NREN) in East Africa is key for the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the region, as they can host the access infrastructure to foster research in IoT and to serve the IoT community at large.
 
The growth of the Internet of Things will depend crucially on the establishment of a low cost infrastructure to handle traffic generated by IoT nodes. Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solutions based on open standards that address the requirements of scalability, heterogeneity, security and complexity will be presented in the Workshop.
 
We will focus on The Things Network (TTN), an initiative to build a world-wide open source infrastructure to facilitate a public Internet of Things. TTN operates by allowing users to share the access to gateways. We think NRENs in the region should play a leading role in hosting this infrastructure. As TTN allows for low-bandwidth communications over long distances, it can facilitate the deployment of applications relevant to East African countries.
 
Topics:
• Wireless solutions for IoT;
• LoRa and LoRaWAN protocols;
• Prototyping of sensor boards;
• Planning and deployment of a LPWAN network;
• Collection and visualization of the data.

Grants:
A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from East Africa. There is no registration fee.

The Workshop is organized in collaboration with:
UbuntuNet Alliance
Internet Society
MoRENet - Mozambique Research and Education Network
Makarere University, Uganda
Kenet - Kenya Education Network
RENU - Research and Education Network for Uganda
TERNET - Tanzania Education Research Network
NSRC - Network Startup Resource Center
Go to day
  • Monday, 17 February 2020
    • 09:00 - 09:30 Session 1
      Opening Ceremony
    • 09:30 - 14:00 Session 2
      • 09:30 Introduction to IoT 1h0'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Getting started with TTN 1h0'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 12:00 Wireless standards for IoT 1h0'
        Speaker: Ermanno PIETROSEMOLI (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 3
      • 14:00 LAB: Getting started with TTN Gateways 2h30'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Session 4
      • 09:00 A gentle introduction to RF concepts for IoT 1h30'
        Speaker: Ermanno PIETROSEMOLI (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 LAB: Getting started with Pycom devices 2h0'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) & Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 5
      • 14:00 LAB: LoRaWAN examples: Sending temperature via TTN 2h30'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) & Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Session 6
      • 09:00 Introduction to MQTT and MQTT Lab 1h30'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 LAB: RPiDC: A data center in a RPi 2h0'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 7
      • 14:00 TTN in an Academic Network 2h30'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Session 8
      • 09:00 Outdoor installation of wireless equipment 1h30'
        Speaker: Ermanno PIETROSEMOLI (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 LAB: Introduction to TTN coverage mapping 2h0'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 9
      • 14:00 LAB: Measuring coverage around the campus 2h30'
        Speaker: Marco ZENNARO (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) & Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
  • Friday, 21 February 2020
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Session 10
      • 09:00 IoT Applications 1h30'
        Speaker: Ermanno PIETROSEMOLI (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 TTN Advanced use 2h0'
        Speaker: Sebastian BUETTRICH (NSRC)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Session 11
      • 14:00 Open Discussion & Case Studies 2h0'
      • 16:00 Closing Ceremony 30'
        Presentation of Diplomas
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'