We are part of The Things Network (TTN). An open, distributed network for the Internet of Things (IoT). TTN is built by communities, each community building the network around a particular geographic area. We operate TTN gateways in the Hull and Humber region.
The Things Network is building a network for the Internet of Things by creating abundant data connectivity, so applications and businesses can flourish. The technology we use is called LoRaWAN and it allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions. It features low battery usage, long range and low bandwidth. Perfect for the internet of things.
LoRaWAN is delivered over the unlicenced spectrum in the UK. This means that anybody can operate a gateway without having to first get a licence. LoRaWAN is extremely efficient, allowing a line of sight range of some 15KM and enabling IoT devices to consume so little power that in some circumstances battery life can be measured in years.
A gateway works like a bridge between an IoT device (or node) and the TTN itself. On one side a gateway uses a radio to talk to LoRaWAN devices over the airwaves, and on the other side the gateway connects to the Internet via WiFi, ethernet or 4G. The gateway passes the messages it receives via its LoRaWAN interface to the TTN by using its Internet interface. In that way if facilitates the passing of messages to and from the Internet for IoT devices.
Connected Humber and TTN are open organisations. Anyone can join and operate either a gateway or a node. If you'd like to operate a gateway for us, visit the Hull and Humber region TTN community and hit the 'join our community' button. From there you'll be prompted to create an account. Once accepted you'll be able to see the 'Add a gateway' button and you're then on track to extend our coverage in the region. You don't need to be a member of our community to join a node to the network, but you will need a TTN account. We would however urge you to join the community whether or not you intend to run a gateway for us, everyone is welcome.
The best way to get started is to visit a meetup. We hold these regularly, and there you'll learn everything you need to know about gateways, nodes and how to stitch all of this together. We also run projects that you can get involved in right now. We look forward to meeting you.