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The Connected World


Online Course Length: 4 hours | Course Price: $99.00
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Learn about today’s smart home and this fast-growing industry

Brand new for 2019, this course delivers an overview of the smart home industry and IoT. Gain an explanation and appreciation of the Internet of Things. Learn about systems, capabilities, benefits, and the technical infrastructure that delivers integration of products and services. Examine trends and innovations changing the way we live, work, and play, and get a glimpse into future technologies.


This engaging introduction is recommended for all types of employees and is designed for anyone new to the industry or interested in the growing market opportunities.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Share the dramatic changes in the connected world
  • Explain the IoT, Internet of Things
  • Identify the home technology categories/systems and share the benefits they each provide
  • Explain integration of home systems
  • Describe incorporating technologies into a building
  • List players involved in the smart home industry
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of stakeholders

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Life in Today’s Digital World

  • Explain the shift away from analog and the impact
  • Identify the systems in a location that can be controlled and integrated
  • Share the many benefits when living with connectivity

2. The Internet of Things

  • Describe what makes up the Internet of Things
  • Share the projected growth of connected devices
  • Refer to the many different industries and products becoming “smart” and connected
  • Identify the catalysts driving connectivity

3. Industry Players and Stakeholders

  • Identify the stakeholders in a digital home or commercial project
  • Explain the needs of different stakeholders
  • Describe the different ways stakeholders work together to meet all of their needs

4. Making It Happen

  • Share the range of options for digital solutions
  • Identify the different roles of the homeowner, architect / designer, builder / remodeler, and ESC
  • Explain the different types of construction drawings
  • Identify the different types of schedules used by an ESC

5. Networking

  • Explain the role, benefits, and components of structured wiring
  • Identify network components and their functions
  • Explain how a network accesses the Internet
  • List available Internet service options
  • Share considerations for selecting a networking solution
  • Define terms – ISP, LAN, WAN, IP, MAC, and DHCP

6. Surveillance and Communication

  • Share the options for communication around the home and to the outside
  • List the features of a phone system
  • Explain how VoIP works
  • Identify the features of a video camera
  • Describe aspects of surveillance including cameras, recording, storage, and analytics

7. Entertainment

  • Share the options and benefits of entertainment systems
  • Identify components of a multi-room music system
  • List components of an audio/video system
  • Share the different types of home theaters
  • Describe entertainment system considerations

8. Lighting Control

  • Define terms related to lighting control
  • Describe lighting control components
  • Explain different ways lighting control can be implemented
  • Identify key considerations for selecting a lighting control system

9. Environment and Energy Management

  • List possible environment control technologies
  • Share the benefits of environmental and energy management solutions in any location
  • Identify energy management options
  • Identify key considerations when choosing environmental management and energy management solutions

10. Security, Health, and Safety

  • Explain security, health, and safety opportunities
  • Share the benefits of security, health, and safety solutions to potential buyers
  • List the possible components of a security solution
  • Explain the purpose of components in a security system
  • Identify the purpose of components in an access control system
  • List considerations when selecting security, health, and safety solutions

11. Power Quality and Other Systems

  • List possible power problems
  • Identify available power solutions
  • Explore other systems to control
  • Explain the considerations for motorized equipment
  • Share water management options

12. Integrated Home Control

  • Explain how integrated control works
  • Identify the systems that can be integrated
  • List the benefits of integrated control
  • Discuss the considerations for selecting an integrated control solution

13. Industry Trends and Insights

  • Describe technology developments over the years
  • Explain how adoption of technology is changing
  • Discuss the impact of the “cloud”
  • Share industry trends and opportunities
  • Define future possibilities

14. Course Summary