VB6121 - Wireless industrial communications


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course consists of the following topics:

• Introduction to the wireless industrial communication

• Introduction to Industry 4.0

• Cyber physical system and Internet of things (IoT)

• Basic knowledge on communication systems and wireless channel• Introduction to different industrial communication systems: Wireless LAN, IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee), WirelessHART

• 5G with focus on industrial applications• Wireless security

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge on the different capabilities of wireless industrial communications for sustainability and strategy
  • Understanding of the different industrial wireless communication systems
  • Understanding of the characteristics of wireless industrial channel
  • Knowledge on the concept of Industry 4.0, cyber physical system/Internet of things (IoT), 5G technologies, wireless security, etc.


  • Can understand the possibilities as well as challenges of deploying communication systems in industrial scenarios
  • Can explain various ICT concepts introduced in this course
  • Can carry out an independent and limited research on system design of industrial wireless communication systems

General competence:

  • Understand the different wireless industrial automation capabilities
  • Understand the difference of industrial environments from the perspective of wireless channel propagation
  • Understand the different ICT technologies introduced in this course
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation in the area of wireless industrial communication
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects within wireless industrial communication

Learning methods and activities

Digital seminars

Further on evaluation

Oral exam with alphabetical scale, A (best) - F (fail)

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (EVUIVE51)

Required previous knowledge

The course is open for students with background in engineering.

Course materials

Behrouz A Forouzan: " Data Communications and Networking", 5th Edition, 2013 IDC Technologies: "Industrial Wireless for Engineers and Technicians", 2008.  

Bogdan M. Wilamowski, J. David Irwin, Industrial Communication Systems (The Industrial Electronics Handbook), 2012.

Handout papers and reports

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Telecommunication
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


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