IoT workshop for Sage

Reading, Berks.  April 2016

Nana Fifield from Sage was one of the delegates at the very first workshop run by The Things Network community from Reading and Thatcham earlier this year at GROW@Green Park.  Nana was inspired by the event and persuaded Sage to invest in a LoraWAN gateway for their European headquarters in Winnersh, Berkshire.

Two of the delegates holding an Arduino sensor shield
Nana Fifield (right), organiser of the IoT workshop for Sage

The gateway went live this week, and Nana arranged for us to run another workshop for keen Sage staff.  This took place yesterday and was a really fun afternoon with all 16 delegates happily sending data from their sensor kits to The Things Network.

Delegates sat at laptops at the start of the workshop
Mike (standing) helping Martin get the development environment set up at the start of the session

The 3 hour workshop was run by Mark Stanley, Mike Beardmore and Andrew Lindsay.  The sensor kit is designed by Andrew Lindsay for the Arduino Uno, and comes with temperature, light and a PIR sensors.  We also provide sample Arduino sketches and a web app to show the full end-to-end process of programming a sensor to send data via the LoraWAN gateway to The Things Network servers, which publishes that data to a web app.

Delegates checking their code
Half way through and delegates are checking their sketches. More coffee required ?

As the afternoon progressed, everybody was seeing their sensor data appear on the web:

It's all coming together! Data from the sensors appearing in an app
It’s all coming together!

Many thanks to Nana for organising such a fun afternoon!  We’re all looking forward to next time ?
Andrew, Mike and Mark

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