Designing for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT), in which all kinds of devices are connected to the Internet, is becoming an indispensable part of their digital transformation for more and more companies. Applying IoT means that both processes and objects will generate data and make it available via the Internet. This data becomes the basis on which processes are optimized, for example by signaling even before a machine part will fail. This data can also be used to make life easier, for example by informing rail passengers in advance about the crowds in a train wagon.

While large companies are already actively and successfully engaged in the IoT, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are still lagging. Due to the complex and multidisciplinary challenges of IoT, in which both technical (technology, product) and non-technical aspects (application, business models) play a role, it is difficult for SMEs to fully map this out in advance. As a result, there is often too great a threshold for SME to start with IoT, or to apply it on a large scale.

The RAAK MKB “Designing for the IoT” project aims it is to develop an integral and accessible design methodology for SMEs, covering both the technical and non-technical aspects of IoT applications. The methodology being developed is tested in 4 case studies introduced by SMEs. With the help of the methodology to be developed, various IoT issues are solved. In order to make the methodology practical for SMEs, the project also focuses on an IoT Lab; a workshop in which companies are helped to explore, develop and successfully apply IoT solutions.

The project is a joint collaboration between the Industrial Design (ID) and Ambient Intelligence (AMI) research groups at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede.


  • Internet of Things, IoT
  • Product design
  • Busines analysis
  • Methodologies
  • IoT Lab
  • SMEs

Project Information

The project is subsidized by SIA under the program RAAK MKB.

The duration is for 2 years, from November 2020 until November 2022

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Dr. Javier Ferreira Gonzalez

Associate Professor

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