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TTN Reading is:

A community-led project to develop a free-to-use data network covering Reading and the surrounding area which allows anyone to build/buy and connect their IoT devices to the internet

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 :-)
  • 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 2-5km in reality. 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.
  • IoT devices - we are talking about LoraWAN-enabled sensors and actuators, not mobile phones and laptops!

About your data

The data sent across TTN Reading is owned by the owners of the end-devices from which the data originated. Owners and hosts of the gateways have no rights to use the data whatsoever. The gateway is literally a gateway through which the data travels to be made available on the Things Network API. Your data will not be collected or analysed for any form of commercial gain by TTN Reading or anyone hosting a TTN Reading gateway.
That said, LoraWAN supports 128-bit AES encryption and if data security is a concern we strongly advise you to use it.

Roadmap

TTN Reading is very new - the idea is just a few weeks old!
This section of the wiki will develop, and you can help shape the future of the project. Please get involved in the discussion on the forum and the in-person meetings. It will be better with your involvement.

For now our focus is threefold:
1. Establish more gateways. We've got one, but one is not much of a network!
2. Identify one or more compelling use cases that we can focus effort on to showcase the potential of the network.
3. Spread the word - the more people we've got involved in TTN Reading, the better its chances of success.

This feels like plenty to be starting with. If you can help, please get in touch :-)