Internet of Things (IoT): Design and Applications

The IoT Mindshift: Products and Business Models for a Smart Future

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December 15, 2022

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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The Six-Week IoT Mindshift:

A Decision-Makers’ Road Map to the Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT isn’t a thing at all. It’s a mindset.

According to Sanjay Sarma, professor of mechanical engineering, co-founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, and RFID expert, IoT requires a total paradigm shift in the way we approach the design of products and services. An oversimplified way to describe this shift is that everything is connected to everything else in an effort to create efficiencies and better user experiences. But that's just the beginning. Product managers, business leaders, and technologists will all benefit from developing an IoT-centric mindset to create user-centered, future-proof, differentiated products that drive business growth.

Why Is Now the Time for an IoT Mindshift?

Enterprises, governments, and utilities are scaling their IoT mindsets to improve their operations, security, productivity, and profitability. The potential benefits to society and the global economy cannot be overstated.

27 Billion Active Connections

In 2022, the number of connected IoT devices grew by 18% to 14.4 billion globally and is expected to grow to 27 billion by 2025.

Source: IoT Analytics, State of IoT 2022

Up to USD 12.6 Trillion in IoT Value by 2030

By 2030, McKinsey Digital research estimates that it could enable USD 5.5 trillion to USD 12.6 Trillion in value globally, including the value captured by consumers and customers of IoT products and services.

Source: McKinsey Digital

Who Is This Program For?

This six-week program is designed for professionals who strive to create products and services that are both user-centric and future-ready by embracing an IoT mindset.

  • Product managers and product designers:
    Design and develop innovative new products and services by shifting to an IoT-centric mindset.
  • Mid-career technology professionals:
    Understand the fundamental principles associated with the implementation of IoT and its wide array of applications.
  • Mid- to senior-level managers and functional department/business unit heads:
    Learn the strategies for successfully leveraging IoT principles to drive business value.

Note: This is a non-technical program for which there are no prerequisites.

Key Takeaways

Over the course of this six-week program, you will learn the fundamental principles that guide the decision-making process for developing
IoT-centric products and services.

  • Describe how IoT mindsets are contributing to a global shift in product and business strategy.
  • Explain how IoT impacts the design of both products and businesses.
  • Identify hardware, software, and data technologies that support IoT adoption.
  • Explore examples of successful IoT product and business strategies.
  • Examine legal, ethical, privacy, and security concerns related to IoT.

Program Highlights

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Complete activities and assignments in each module demonstrating your understanding of concepts.

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Learn to develop IoT-centric solutions that focus on the benefits of simple interactivity and large-scale connectivity.

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Observe successful examples of IoT products and future-ready business models for growth.

Program Topics

Week 1:

Introduction to IoT

Get introduced to the features of IoT systems and factors contributing to the growth and demand of IoT. Learn to identify key attributes that distinguish hard-wired systems and IoT systems, and get an opportunity to develop a rich mental model for product and service possibilities in the world of IoT.

Week 2:

Connections

Identify key connectivity technologies such as RFID, 5G, and WI-FI, and recognize the applications of IoT mindsets in product design.

Week 3:

Data, Privacy, and Security

Recognize the legal and ethical considerations for IoT-based product design. Learn to identify the scope and size of security challenges related to IoT, and delve into the role of digital twins with respect to cybersecurity threat mitigation. Examine the approaches for identifying threats, increasing privacy, and mitigating security risks.

Week 4:

IoT Mindsets

Discover the seven distinct mindsets that enable successful IoT-centric products and business opportunities. Understand how product design is influenced by each of these distinct IoT mindsets.

Week 5:

Applying IoT Mindsets to Product Design

Compare product design strategies between hard-wired and IoT products, explore how IoT-based product design creates new opportunities, and learn how the seven IoT mindsets are used in product design.

Week 6:

Applying IoT Mindsets to Business Design

Reimagine the opportunities that exist across all business landscapes, including B2B, when the IoT mindsets are applied to businesses.

Week 1:

Introduction to IoT

Get introduced to the features of IoT systems and factors contributing to the growth and demand of IoT. Learn to identify key attributes that distinguish hard-wired systems and IoT systems, and get an opportunity to develop a rich mental model for product and service possibilities in the world of IoT.

Week 4:

IoT Mindsets

Discover the seven distinct mindsets that enable successful IoT-centric products and business opportunities. Understand how product design is influenced by each of these distinct IoT mindsets.

Week 2:

Connections

Identify key connectivity technologies such as RFID, 5G, and WI-FI, and recognize the applications of IoT mindsets in product design.

Week 5:

Applying IoT Mindsets to Product Design

Compare product design strategies between hard-wired and IoT products, explore how IoT-based product design creates new opportunities, and learn how the seven IoT mindsets are used in product design.

Week 3:

Data, Privacy, and Security

Recognize the legal and ethical considerations for IoT-based product design. Learn to identify the scope and size of security challenges related to IoT, and delve into the role of digital twins with respect to cybersecurity threat mitigation. Examine the approaches for identifying threats, increasing privacy, and mitigating security risks.

Week 6:

Applying IoT Mindsets to Business Design

Reimagine the opportunities that exist across all business landscapes, including B2B, when the IoT mindsets are applied to businesses.

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Program Faculty

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Sanjay Sarma

Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Sanjay Sarma is co-founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. Formerly, he was vice president for Open Learning at MIT. Professor Sarma is credited with developing many standards and technologies in the commercial RFID industry, laying the groundwork for the IoT. Professor Sarma is co-author of The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IOT Economy, along with Linda Bernardi and the late Kenneth Traub.

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