Building an open LoRaWAN network
There are four constraints for internet of things to succeed: devices should have connectivity even on a long range, connectivity should be free and secure, devices consume very little power and the form factor is reduced to the size of the battery. LoRa enables this: long range, low power communication over free-to-use frequencies around the world. In this talk, I will introduce the open standard LoRaWAN: the wide area network protocol stack built on top of LoRa, maintained by telecom operators, chipmakers and IoT industry leaders.
With a $ 1,200 gateway in our hands, we imagined covering the city of Amsterdam with only ten gateways. Four weeks later, we crowd sourced the gateways and launched the first open LoRa covered city network in the world. The open source, open hardware initiative, The Things Network, spread like wildfire around the world. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign to enable producing affordable gateways, development kits and nodes, we started building the network with the community. LoRaWAN is at the core of this network, and in this talk I'll explain its role in our mission to build an open, decentralized and crowd sourced internet of things data network with global coverage.