I am interested in the LoraWan network but not being an IT/Telco engineer, nor even an ingeneer in anything, I am not sure that my project is worth to develop further.
I have 3 interests for LoraWan:
- Monitor the gate of my house. It has an electric motor, but it is quite old and it does not closed itself automatically and has no detectors. And it is far from my home and makes a zigbee install not possible.
I imagine using a Lowa sensor to check on the status of my gate: open or closed
- tags for keys: I would like to use a device like Ticatag or Invoxia to prevent me from loosing my keys, at least, in the surroundings of my house (av. 10 km)
- tag for cat: we can find some collars equiped with Lorawan tags to monitor the cat while away from home.
First question: is it possibe to use a device like Ticatag or Invoxia on our own network (private or part of the TTN)?
If my understanding is correct, in order to set-up a network, I need End Nodes (sensors etc…), a gateway (either TTN one or Mikrotik or Pi powered), a server to store the data received (private one or using TTN and last but not least, an aplication to be able to use the data received from the sensors.
Is it manageable for a non-IT/TelCo person to set up and use a LoraWan network, either private or community like TTN?
I am able to install softs on a headless machine running a flavor of Linux (debian or Ubuntu), configure the softs using nano to edit the .conf with some documentation or tuto and run them.
I will not be able to write an app to run a server or to exploit the data received from the sensors.
In the begining I was considering to run a private network but I discovered TTN and the idea to participate in the expansion of the community network in my area is appealing to me and I guess using the TTN would broaden my coverage and help me with the server side.
Thks for your feedback!
If it is too early for a rookie like me to play with LoraWan, I will go back to Zigbee and my Jeedom