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The Internet of Things: the future or the end of mechatronics.

Bradley, David; Russell, David; Ferguson, Ian; Isaacs, John; MacLeod, Allan; White, Roger


David Bradley

David Russell

Ian Ferguson

Allan MacLeod

Roger White


The advent and increasing implementation of user configured and user oriented systems structured around the use of cloud configured information and the Internet of Things is presenting a new range and class of challenges to the underlying concepts of integration and transfer of functionality around which mechatronics is structured. It is suggested that the ways in which system designers and educators in particular respond to and manage these changes and challenges is going to have a significant impact on the way in which both the Internet of Things and mechatronics develop over time. The paper places the relationship between the Internet of Things and mechatronics into perspective and considers the issues and challenges facing systems designers and implementers in relation to managing the dynamics of the changes required.


BRADLEY, D., RUSSELL, D., FERGUSON, I., ISAACS, J., MACLEOD, A. and WHITE, R. 2015. The Internet of Things: the future or the end of mechatronics. Mechatronics [online], 27, pages 57-74. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 18, 2015
Publication Date Apr 30, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 19, 2016
Journal Mechatronics
Print ISSN 0957-4158
Electronic ISSN 1873-4006
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Pages 57-74
Keywords Internet of Things; Mechatronics; Design; Education; System security; Participatory systems
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