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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Secure Internet of Things networks for sustainable water and energy networks

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The Lightweight Machine 2 Machine (LwM2M) device management protocol (presentation and service layer) and the 5G 700MHz narrowband communications standard (data link and physical layer), in conjunction with TCP-IP, will provide macro-area wireless coverage and connect to cloud-services resource-constrained IIoT devices. The application domains for these specific technologies wide-area infrastructures, such as pipelines, water networks and the electric-grid. The goal of this project is the evaluation and testing of the LwM2M protocol stack, by specifically characterizing its flexibility in controlling sensor resources and retrieving data, and also by analyzing its reliability, life-time, efficiency and security. This study will be carried through simulations and a testbed emulation. This project is in preparation for the rollout of the 5G 700Mhz narrowband communications that, according 5G roadmap, is going to be between 2021/2022.
The goal is to analyze the use of these sensors in monitoring water distribution networks and the electric grid.

Target students
Knowledge of communication/computer networks and the ability to program in Java, C++, possibly python. Basic knowledge of computer security is a plus.

6 hours/week

Email with resume and transcripts if interested.


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