Lincoln Things Network sponsored by Yesway
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What is the Things Network
The Things Network is a worldwide crowd funded 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 Things Network helps educate people, and lets businesses cost effectively develop new IOT products.
Where DoesThe Lincoln Network Cover
The Things Network is based on a wireless technology called LoraWAN.
As with all wireless technologies LoraWAN, which the Things 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 Things Network uses devices called ‘Gateways’ to receive the signals transmitted wirelessly from the remote sensors, and puts the data onto the web.
Currently the Lincoln Things Network has planned to install one Gateway near central Lincoln.
This should cover a large area of the City of Lincoln, but other additional Gateways may well be necessary, due to objects, reducing the signal coverage.
When will the Network be live
The components for the first Gateway device for the Lincoln Network has been ordered, and the gateway is currently being constructed.
As the Things 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 Things Network 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