Happy 5th Birthday

The Things Network posted about their 5th year anniversary in August 2020. I had in mind that they started in July, but like most projects, pinning the start to a date is a difficult task and usually done retrospectively. I heard a similar discussion about Google’s birthday.

The Things Network 5th Anniversary card graphic
The Things Network 5th Anniversary August 2020

I learnt about The Things Network (TTN) in November 2015 when Mark Stanley presented the project at the monthly Reading Geek Night event. He concluded by saying how he loved the project for it’s open source aims and goal of bringing simple connectivity to everyone across the globe. Mark wanted to make Reading and Berkshire a leading adopter of the technology, and invited the audience to join him creating TTN Reading. I loved the idea too! The rest is history and is written up in other posts here and elsewhere. We will celebrate our 5 years in November and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can do so face to face, rather than via video. We haven’t stopped during lock-down, though our projects have been hampered and rollouts delayed, as Autumn arrives we are seeing unseasonable green shoots, which is great, and as I think on how TTN has grown from zero to …. well, as they write in their blog ::

Together, we are embracing open standards, creating a breeding ground for innovation and pushing the boundaries of IoT. Among the most significant achievements of these years are:
117 000 users from 150 countries
1000 communities
13 000 gateways
340 000 devices

And with this smart new look to Thingitude, here’s to the next 5! – Mike

Meet Traecy!

One of the big benefits of winning a project like the Falls Prevention System is that it has allowed us to grow the team, which is exactly the point of the Local Growth Fund.

I started my career in IT at 18 and am eternally grateful that a business was willing to take a chance on me, and I would like to do the same for other people. Thingitude has worked with students every summer since 2016 with great success and so it feels natural to hire a student as a full time trainee.

Say hello to our newest team member, Traecy!

Please meet Traecy Elezi, our new trainee programmer. She has just passed her 3 month probation period with flying colours and is a fully fledged member of the team.

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LoRaWAN goes mobile

Multitech LoRaWAN gateway on a mobile mast and the Long Range VAN

I would like to introduce you to my new mobile LoRaWAN setup, which lives in my LongRangeVAN.
Pictured here is a Multitech LoRaWAN gateway on a 6m telescopic mast. The gateway is powered over ethernet (PoE) so it just needs the one cable. It can connect to the Internet using the same cable, or using an M2M SIM card if there is no wired connection available. Continue reading “LoRaWAN goes mobile”

LoRaWAN for Microbit – the verdict

Many thanks to all of you who took part in our survey, it has been very helpful. Apologies to those who had problems with the survey towards the end of the week – not sure why it started playing up.

I had intended to share the survey results but “free” Survey Monkey has some limitations and annoyingly exporting the results is one of them.

Nevertheless here’s a summary. I have excluded a few responses – A.Penguin from Antartica was a favourite Continue reading “LoRaWAN for Microbit – the verdict”

Who wants a LoRaWAN shield for the micro:bit?

Last year our friend Richard Ibbotson designed a LoRaWAN shield for the BBC micro:bit and they have been used in several experiments and projects since then, including a great project at the Museum of English Rural Life (the MERL) monitoring the impact of environmental conditions on the growth of sugar beet!

Richard’s shield is a popular conversation piece at various meetups and demonstrations. His write-up on hackaday has been read well over 11,000 times and has attracted interest from several organisations.

The shield features include: Continue reading “Who wants a LoRaWAN shield for the micro:bit?”