The next generation of internet of things devices are ultra low power and communicate of kilometers of distance. This is not only about making existing use cases be more power efficient, it is mostly enabling new use cases. Think parking sensors and smart street lighting in cities, intelligent irrigation and livestock trackers in agriculture and monitoring temperature throughout a cold supply chain.
LoRa is designed to serve these use cases. LoRaWAN is a software protocol on top of LoRa that is implemented in devices and networks. The Things Network brings LoRaWAN to the community by operating a free public community network – one of the world’s biggest LoRaWAN networks, – an open source software stack, hosting forums and organizing hundreds of events plus a yearly conference.