What is it
The Things Network is a worldwide crowd funded LoraWAN
Internet Of Things Network, which started in Amsterdam.
It consists of sensors, such as air quality sensors that transmit data wirelessly via ‘Gateway’ devices to the Internet Cloud.
It is rapidly expanding around the world, including the UK.
Why do we need this network?
The world is undergoing rapid change in the world of work, and it has been predicted that many jobs will become automated in the coming years.
The Internet Of Things, or IOT for short, along with Virtual Reality & 3D Printing is part of this new industrial revolution.
It is therefore vitally important that we educate the current and future generations quickly, so we don’t get left behind as a nation.
The Network helps educate people, and lets businesses cost effectively develop new IOT products.
Where Does The Lincoln Network Cover
The Network is based on a wireless technology called LoraWAN.
As with all wireless technologies LoraWAN, which the Network runs on is range limited.
One of the great features of LoraWAN technology is that the signal can travel a long distance, using low power.
However as with all wireless technologies, buildings and natural objects in ‘line of sight’, will reduce the signal range.
The Network uses devices called ‘Gateways’ to receive the signals transmitted wirelessly from the remote sensors and puts the data onto the web.
The Lincoln LoraWAN LPWA network is now live, and ready for use by business, schools and the public.
The network is expanding around the City of Lincoln, and we are always looking for new sites.
As the Network is essentially a voluntary community effort, we welcome help from schools and local businesses.
Please get involved, as any help is appreciated.
Who is behind the Lincoln things Network?
The Lincoln TTN was initiated by Craig Miles, who can be contacted via the community page at https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/community/lincoln/
Alternatively, he can be contacted via his personal website at www.craigmiles.co.uk
Yesway sponsored the components to build the first Lincoln LoraWAN Gateway.