Our purpose        

TTN Reading is a community-led initiative to establish a free to use, long range, low powered
wireless data network across Reading and the surrounding area.

It is an enabler for the Internet of Things – it allows anyone to connect their “Things” to the Internet.

The key points are:
  • Community-led - this project was inspired by other community-led IoT projects, specifically the Oxford Flood Network and The Things Network.
  • Free to use - it will literally cost you £0.00 to connect your LoraWAN IoT device to the TTN Reading data network and get the data from The Things Network API.
  • Anyone - anyone within range of TTN Reading can connect to it. Anyone can extend the range by adding a gateway. Anyone can be an individual, a community group, a school or university, Reading Council, a tiny startup or a commercial giant. Anyone especially includes you :-)
  • Wireless data network - TTN Reading is built on LoraWAN technology. It has its pros and cons. A significant pro is its range - each gateway has a (theoretical) range of 15km, which we think will be more like 2km in urban areas - much better than wifi. Another is the battery life of end-devices, which can last several years! A significant con is the data packet sizes - the maximum payload is 242 bytes per packet, so this will not be suitable for images for example, but is perfectly fine for most sensors reporting back periodically throughout the day.
  • Things - we are talking about LoraWAN-enabled sensors and actuators, not mobile phones and laptops!

Here's a quick introduction to The Things Network