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Title: Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner (Exam ITP-110)

Course Length:

3 days

Course Format:

Instructor Led, Virtual or on site

Overview:

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a wide range of benefits for industry, energy and utility
companies, municipalities, healthcare, and consumers. Data can be collected in extraordinary
volume and detail regarding almost anything worth measuring, such as public health and safety,
the environment, industrial and agricultural production, energy, and utilities. New data analysis
tools have been optimized for the massive amounts of data that IoT produces, enabling well-informed decisions to be made quickly.

But putting IoT systems into place can be a complicated proposition, and fraught with hazards.

Solutions may involve devices and technologies from many different vendors, requiring a good
understanding of software and hardware and strategies to integrate them, as well as the risks
associated with security, privacy, and the safety of those whose working and living environments
are managed by these systems.

IT professionals often have little or no experience working with embedded systems, sensor
networks, actuators, real-time systems, and other components that are common to IoT, so this
course provides a foundation for understanding how these components work with other systems
that IT professionals typically have more experience working with—such as networks, cloud
computing, and applications running on servers, desktop computers, and mobile devices.

In this course, students will learn general strategies for planning, designing, developing,
implementing, and maintaining an IoT system through various case studies and by assembling
and configuring an IoT device to work in a sensor network. Students will create an IoT device
based on an ESP8266 microcontroller, implementing various common IoT features, such as
analog and digital sensors, a web-based interface, MQTT messaging, and data encryption.

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will learn how to apply Internet of Things technologies to solve real-world
problems.

You will:

  • Plan an IoT implementation.
  • Construct and program an IoT device.
  • Communicate with an IoT device using wired and wireless connections.
  • Process sensor input and control an actuator on an IoT device.
  • Manage security, privacy, and safety risks on IoT projects.
  • Manage an IoT prototyping and development project throughout the development
    lifecycle.

Target Student:

This course is designed for IT professionals with baseline skills in computer hardware, software
support, and development who want to learn how to design, develop, implement, operate, and
manage Internet of Things devices and related systems. The student is interested in learning
more about embedded systems, microcontroller programming, IoT security, and the
development life cycle for IoT projects.

While students will gain hands-on experience assembling a prototype IoT device and using
software development tools, these activities are closely guided, so previous experience in
electronics assembly and programming are not required. This course prepares students for
taking the CertNexus® Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner (Exam ITP-110).

Prerequisites:

To ensure your success in this course, you should be an experienced computer user who is
comfortable setting up and configuring computers and electronic devices. You can obtain this
level of skills and knowledge by taking either of the following Official CompTIA® Content course
offerings available from Logical Operations:

  • CompTIA® IT Fundamentals® (Exam FC0-U51)
  • CompTIA® IT Fundamentals® (Exam FC0-U61)

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Planning an IoT Implementation

Topic A: Select a General Architecture for an IoT Project
Topic B: Identify Benefits and Challenges of IoT

Lesson 2: Constructing and Programming an IoT Device

Topic A: Select and Configure a Processing Unit
Topic B: Select a Microcontroller Power Source
Topic C: Use a Software Development Kit to Program an IoT Device

Lesson 3: Communicating with an IoT Device

Topic A: Communicate Using Wired Connections
Topic B: Communicate Using Wireless Connections
Topic C: Communicate Using Internet Protocols

Lesson 4: Processing IoT Data

Topic A: Process IoT Device Input and Output
Topic B: Process Data in the Cloud
Topic C: Provide M2M Communication

Lesson 5: Managing Risks on IoT Projects

Topic A: Identify IoT Security and Privacy Risks
Topic B: Manage IoT Security and Privacy Risks
Topic C: Manage IoT Safety Risks

Lesson 6: Undertaking an IoT Project

Topic A: Identify Real World Applications for IoT
Topic B: Follow the IoT Development Lifecycle

Appendixes

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to CertNexus® Certified Internet of Things
Practitioner (CIoTP) Exam ITP-110

Course-specific Technical Requirements

Hardware:

For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each
computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:

  • 1 GHz or faster 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 24 GB available hard disk space
  • Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
  • One open USB port after connecting other devices
  • 1,024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Projection system to display the instructor’s computer screen

Wi-Fi is required because students will use Wi-Fi to configure the IoT device. A cabled Ethernet
connection will not work for this purpose.

Computers will also need Internet access, which you can provide through the Wi-Fi connection,
or you can provide Ethernet in addition to Wi-Fi.

Please note that this class should not be run on VMs.

Electronics Kit:

In this course, the instructor and each student will require a small kit of electronic components that
they will use to prototype and program an Internet of Things device. The kit is provided as part of the
courseware and has been partially assembled and tested to save time in class.

Software:

The following software will be used in this course.

  1. Windows® 10 (64-bit). This course was developed and tested on Windows 10 Pro, Build 1803.

If necessary, software for viewing the course slides. (Instructor machine only.)

Microsoft Message Analyzer, available for download from https://www.microsoft.com/en-
us/download/details.aspx?id=44226

Arduino IDE and Mosquitto 3.1 MQTT Broker are included in the course data files for this course.
You do not have to download them separately.If the instructor plans to use Microsoft Word for
students to open work sheets used in discussion activities, then Word 2010 or a later version will
be needed to open the documents.

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