Internet of Things

Who we are 

We are a Research and Innovation Centre which focuses on developments in the emerging IoT, wireless networks and Big Data space.

What we do 

We research, implement and test robust and sustainable solutions in all sectors of the economy

Why it matters

IoT, Wireless Networks and Big Data is the future of technology in ensuring sustainable and thriving economies.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)
SDN is an architecture that aims to make networks agile and flexible. We have currently partnering with East Carolina University to implement an IoT-based dashboard that uses BeagleBone black and raspberry pi to monitor network response, throughput, the speed of website loading with more network analysis.

Dynamic Spectrum Access
Efficient Spectrum utilisation guarantees reliable and sustainable IoT adoption through stable connectivity which goes beyond having devices connected to include last mile Internet access. Advanced research topics currently being investigated by our IoT Research Team include dynamic sharing of spectrum to allow both people and devices to be connected the internet without interfering with existing licensed services. These blocks of work include TV whitespaces, Advanced LTE and 5G technologies. @iLabAfrica’s Internet of Things Research Unit is currently working on a research project titled: Enabling Affordable Internet Access with Dynamic Spectrum Management and Software Defined Radio. The project is a funded collaborative research by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by the University of Strathclyde from Glasgow, UK and involves partner universities from Malawi (University of Malawi), Zambia (Copperbelt University) and Ghana (University of Ghana). Locally, we have partnered with the Communications Authority of Kenya to carry out research in spectrum innovation through Dynamic Spectrum Access techniques.

Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
LPWAN Technology offers a very compelling mix of long range, low power consumption and secure data transmission. LPWAN is mainly targeted for Machine to Machine Communication (M2M) and IoT networks. We, so far implemented LoRaWAN infrastructure to leapfrog IoT adoption. We are currently collaborating in the Horizon 2020 project titled: WAZIHUB to develop capacity in implementation of LoRaWAN and enable startups leverage this technology for sustainable business models. The project is in partnership with universities and innovation hubs from Italy, France, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. We have also partnered with Liquid telecom to advance research on Sigfox network and collaboratively drive its adoption for commercial activity in Kenya.

Industrial IoT
Industry 4.0, a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies is one of the major blocks of our research. We are keen to help drive innovation in the Industrial ecosystem through the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and cognitive computing.

Low-Income Urban Sanitation In partnership with UN-HABITAT and Liquid Telecom, we are working on a low-income urban sanitation project that can enable monitoring of latrine levels while leveraging Sigfox infrastructure to transmit information to the relevant stakeholders for quicker appropriate response.

Disaster Prediction and Management
@iLabAfrica Research Centre, Strathmore University together with Masinde Muliro University, Laikipia University and Kibabii University are currently working on a collaborative research project to investigate how the Internet of Things and Big Data Technologies can be used to predict and respond to natural disasters such as floods and droughts. @iLabAfrica’s Internet of Things Research Team is leading the technical framework of implementation.

Agriculture
We are currently beginning work with farms in Meru and Nyeri for precision farming and livestock monitoring respectively leveraging Sigfox infrastructure.

Environmental monitoring and Climate change.
This project seeks to implement an air quality monitoring platform that leverages LoRaWAN communication architecture. In partnership with EED Advisory, an energy and climate consultancy firm together with the IT University of Copenhagen, we are implementing particulate matter (PM), Ozone, Sulphur oxides and Nitrogen oxides sensing devices to visualise the air quality in Nairobi and co-relate that data with climatic parameters ton provide more insights on climate change through data analytic.

Genset Monitoring System
We have prototyped a GSM/GPRS-based system implementing the MQTT protocol to monitor the generator system powering refrigerators for perishable goods while on transit. The prototype also comes with capability to monitor the location of the trucks and geo-fencing technique to also study the movement and drive behaviour while transporting the products.

Date Name Target market Main Focus areas
5-March-2019 WaziHUB Information Session IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students WAZIHUB program, WAZIHUB prototyping devices (WAZIDEV and WAZIHAT), WAZIHUB cloud service
I8-Apr-2019 WaziHUB Bootcamp IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students Sensor technology, hardware programming using WAZIHAT and WAZIDEV kits, LoRa communication technology and WAZIHUB cloud service
13-Apr-2019 Cisco IoT Fundamentals IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students Sensor technology, hardware programming using the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and PIC microcontrollers, communication technology (LoRa, SigFox, Cellular, Bluetooth) cloud computing
6-May-2019 Embedded systems workshop IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students, Networking professionals, Embedded Technology Enthusiasts Linux and Linux-based distributions alongside wireless sensor networks, robotics and Systems Programming
8-Jul-2019 Emerging spectrum innovation-TV whitespace ,LTE and 5G C.T.Os in Internet Service Provision Space, Researchers in Spectrum Management and Telecommunication Experts The Emerging Telecommunications Techniques and Advanced Wireless Networks
9-Aug-2019 WaziDEV, WaziHAT hackathon IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students Rapid prototyping on Hardware and sensor data integration to the cloud.
12-Aug-2019 IoT Security with python penetration testers,network  administrators,security engineers,system auditors,vulnerability researcher, software testers, exploit developers, IT professionals,IoT researcher, Students. Rapidly develop Proof of Concept applications,Using Python for forensics and network controls on IoT solutions,Understand how to develop customized network scanning and reconnaissance tools,Data loss prevention for IoT solutions,Utilize Python to test IoT applications for vulnerabilities and develop exploits
2-Sep-2019 Engineering Design and Modelling for IoT workshop Electrical and mechanical engineering current graduates, Technicians in related disciplines, architects and student enthusiasts. Simulation software including Solid Works, AutoCAD and Proteus. Additive manufacturing techniques
7-Oct-2019 3D printer hands-on assembly Electrical and mechanical engineering current graduates, Technicians in related disciplines, architects and student enthusiasts. 3D printer assembly from scratch, 3D printer electrical and mechanical components, additive manufacturing techniques.
11-Nov-2019 WaziHUB Bootcamp II IoT techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech startups and innovative students Sensor technology, hardware programming using WAZIHAT and WAZIDEV kits, LoRa communication technology and WAZIHUB cloud service

Leonard Mabele

Manager, IoT Research

Email: iot@strathmore.edu

Ofiice: +(254) (0) 703 034 474  Ext: 2635

Cell: +(254) (0) 714 764 896