A free, public system which enables groups of makers, students and local government to deploy ‘Internet Of Things’ type devices, and have them communicate over large distances.

LoRaWAN™ is a protocol designed for creating large-scale public networks; the technology allows for sensors to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. LoRaWAN™ is predominantly based on a star topography, with a single gateway serving many nodes. Community crowdsourced projects, such as The Things Network, aim to provide access to this technology by deploying gateways globally that others can freely connect to.

In the coming months a number of these gateways will be built and installed across Kent. The ultimate aim is to provide a free, public system that would allow groups of makers, students, local government, etc. to design and install devices to communicate with the Internet.