The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past few years has led to a paradigm shift in the methods and technologies that are used at the cutting edge of traditional engineering disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, manufacturing, and computing. Quanser is working with our partners in industry and academia to help define the skills and teaching methods required to apply emerging tools and methods in industry and research.

Quanser has defined and developed an academic framework for the application of IoT principles and platforms to our products and technologies. This technical white paper gives an overview of IoT frameworks and how Quanser lab experiments can be used to augment your IoT courses with exciting and industrially relevant hands-on experiences from aerospace to industrial automation.


The Internet of Things is being adopted in many different areas: health care, energy, agriculture/farming, homes, and more. The importance of an IoT framework for many of these applications becomes increasingly important to the growing population and demand. In this white paper, an overview of the different components of an IoT system is presented. Then, two IoT application protocols that can be used in mechatronic applications are described: Data Distribution Service (DDS) and Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), along with two case studies that use these paradigms are described for an unmanned vehicle system (UVS) research platform and a remote earthquake simulation laboratory.

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