WAM Undergrads Rentz and Abiru Showcase Their IoT Project at Florida Capitol

On February 15, 2022, University of Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee for Gator Day, an annual Florida Capitol event that provides an opportunity for UF faculty and students to present their research and engage in conversations with legislators and esteemed leaders from throughout the state of Florida. The event included presentations by distinguished speakers, a reception in the Capitol, and table displays with representatives from all 16 of UF’s colleges.

Invited to this event, were WAM Systems Lab Undergraduate researchers, Larry Rentz and Quadri Abiru, who demonstrated their project  called “UF Smart Campus,” which won third place in the first annual Nelms IoT Student Club IoT Design Competition.

UF Smart Campus demonstrates Internet of Things (IoT) features on a scaled version of a university campus. The project implements two smart features: (1) remote monitoring and controlling of street lights; and (2) remote monitoring of parking lots and availability of parking spaces. These smart features would address common problems such as vehicular and pedestrian safety and parking management on campus. Smart features that allow real-time monitoring would enable us to respond quickly to outages or emergencies.

This post includes excerpts from the Nelms Institute March 2022 Newsletter article, “Nelms Institute Students Showcase Research Projects on Gator Day