The Things Network: IoT Network Going Global (Video)

The Things Network is a Dutch company that, in only 6 weeks, created a free and open network of the Internet of Things covering the entire city of Amsterdam without using 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. It will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign in order to implement the network worldwide.

The Things Network is a Dutch company that, in only 6 weeks, created a free and open network of the Internet of Things covering the entire city of Amsterdam without using 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. It will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign in order to implement the network worldwide.

The Things Network is a project that wants to bring to the world a public, free and open network of the Internet of Things. It was created in Amsterdam with crowd funding by The Things Network, which received support from citizens and companies and covered the entire city in just 6 weeks.

With a network of sensors and devices spread across the city, people can send and receive data for free.

Mission

The mission of such a network, founded by Dutch entrepreneur Wienke Giezeman, is to provide the world with a free network connectivity of things. The network allows objects to convey data to each other and to the Internet.

The Things Network is the first wireless network that uses the new long-range, low power and bandwidth technology called LoRaWAN – created and maintained by LoRa Alliance. The goal is to cover an entire city and connect objects such as boats, trash cans, bikes, and public lighting.

Unlike other Smart Cities projects, The Things Network was entirely funded by the citizens of Amsterdam and was established in only 6 weeks without using 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi.

Nowadays, connectivity is the biggest obstacle to making most of the projects of the Internet of Things viable. For this reason, the creators of The Things Network believe that, with a public and open network, the innovation and creation of new businesses will flourish and will create jobs in the city.

In the Internet of Things era, whoever controls the network will control the world. We believe that this power cannot be restricted to a few individuals, companies or nations. On the contrary, the network must be distributed among many people with no chance to be owned by anybody.

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Source: plugnmake.com