The Things Network

The Things Network is on a mission to build an open, global and crowdsourced Internet of Things data network, owned and operated by its users.

In July 2015, The Things Network managed to cover the entire city of Amsterdam with a new type of wireless network using a technology called LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network). The network was built, bottom up, funded by people like you. Now, the network is being rolled out in over 80 countries, and over 350 cities, around the world. Join us in our mission to provide the world with an open Internet of Things data network, and to make user-owned data a reality in the US.

You are the network, let’s build this thing together!

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The Things Network in United States of America

The Things Network USA started in early 2016 with a few communities on the east and west coasts, but is rapidly gaining momemtum as people see the results of our pilot efforts. We have four "official" communities In New York and California, in cities as small as Ithaca to as large as New York City. Our initial use cases range from helping ensure that tenants are getting proper heat to monitoring woodsmoke pollution. The Ithaca group is working closely with Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in developing new use cases, and the New York group is working with CUNY professors and students to explore applications of the technology.

Technically, in the US we're using the so-called US915 band plan of LoRaWAN. We've standardized our gateways on using subband 2 (channels 8 through 15 of the 64-channel spectrum). We've done that because current gateways can only listen on 8 channels at once, and subband 2 was the consensus choice of the RF experts.

Our communities have been using a variety of Arduino and commercial approaches (Multitech, Microchip) for the devices. The Adafruit Feather M0 LoRa boards have been especially popular in New York. The New York groups are primariy deploying professional gateways (MultiTech Conduits); our other communities are finding that home-brew approaches work for them.

We currently have 25 communities around the country, of which 4 are official -- we'd like to see this get to 100 communities and 16 official communities. (The distinction between "official" and unofficial is mainly level of activity and number of gateways.)

We're working hard to build the network as a collaborative effort of citizens, companies, universities, non-profits, and local, regional and national governments.

Our meetings and our groups involve people from all walks of life and all professions -- it's not just (or even primarily) technical. Organizing the network and working with community groups are primarily non-technical activities. The Things Network is all about enabling subject-matter experts (that's you!) to move data while focusing on your application. In order to help those experts, we have to handle a lot of logistics, and create a self-sustaining community. Nobody has ever done something quite like this before. It's an adventure!

Please join us in this journey -- something new under the sun, high tech created from the grass roots, creating abundance in the Internet of Things. You are the network, let's build this thing together.

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United States Of America started off nice with 105 communities

There are already 0 gateways connected all around United States Of America.


The Things Network has a strong close knit of communities. Find the community in your area. Can't find one? Be the initiator of your local community and start a The Things Network Community in your corner of the US. Spread the word!

Need help starting a community? Want to talk to an initiator about how it's done? Join the TTN global slack and drop a note to @terrillmoore, or send email to terry@thethings.nyc and we'll help you get connected.

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Rules & Regulations

Every country has different rules and regulations. Check out the resources to find out what you have to take into account when working with The Things Network.

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The Things Network has a strong (and awesome) community of people. We are thrilled to see so many people using our platforms, discussing use cases & helping each other out in the world of loT.

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Upcoming events

Events are happening practically every day. Generally, tehre are

Check the community pages for more info.

Got an event? Send a message to @terrillmoore on the initiator's page of the TTN global slack channel, or drop a mail to terry@thethings.nyc.