Building a global LoRaWAN network: The Things Network

The next generation of internet of things devices are ultra low power and communicate of kilometers of distance. This is not only about making existing use cases be more power efficient, it is mostly enabling new use cases. Think parking sensors and smart street lighting in cities, intelligent irrigation and livestock trackers in agriculture and monitoring temperature throughout a cold supply chain.

LoRa is designed to serve these use cases. LoRaWAN is a software protocol on top of LoRa that is implemented in devices and networks. The Things Network brings LoRaWAN to the community by operating a free public community network – one of the world’s biggest LoRaWAN networks, – an open source software stack, hosting forums and organizing hundreds of events plus a yearly conference.

In this talk, I will talk about LoRa and LoRaWAN, the first years of The Things Network and the next big steps ahead, including our new V3 stack and exchanging traffic with other networks.

– Introduction
– LoRa and LoRaWAN
– Initiating The Things Network
– Lessons learned
– New V3 stack, architecture, technical deepdive
– Packet Broker
– Status today