Many people have personal computing devices that connect to the internet such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones--but do you also own a device like a personal fitness tracker, or maybe have a smart thermostat installed in your home? If so, you understand that many modern consumer devices connect to the internet in order to send data. This data is often communicated to the users of these objects—like maybe the temperature of your house via a smart thermostat—or maybe to other objects—like a smart doorbell that sends a message to your phone if someone rings your doorbell.
Experts estimate the amount of internet enabled devices in the world to reach somewhere between 26 to 30 billion by the year 2020. This large network of internet enabled devices is often referred to as The Internet of Things. Given the amount of internet connected devices and amount information these devices are receiving and sending all the time, many people are looking into ways to more cost effectively send and receive this data.
The long range wide area network--or LoRaWAN for short--is a network designed to help transmit small amounts of information via radio frequencies, while being more energy efficient and cost effective than either WiFi or Bluetooth. (You can read more about the technical specifications of the LoRaWAN protocol on the Things Network site.)
The LoRaWAN protocol is decentralized, open, and free network supported by The Things Network. Come learn about Gainesville’s own chapter of The Things Network and about the technology powering this network.
David Nordstedt will lead a discussion about The Things Network of Gainesville on Saturday, September, 8th, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in Meeting Room B.