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An Idea that is greater than the sum of its Parts

The Things Network (TTN) consists of an inclusive and open global community of people, companies, governments and universities who are learning, experimenting and building with LoRaWAN (low power, long-range), typically sensor-based data collection projects. We are supporting a scattered yet active community of open hardware tinkerers in Switzerland through events and Starter Kits.

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Learn a bit of background about the concept of an open network, the technical and legal issues, and how to get connected. Explore the maps of community gateways as well as TTN Mapper, see how well the coverage is in your part of town. Leave a comment with your observations.

Look for introductory materials from MakeZurich, Instructables, Hack-a-day, to find interesting projects. These will typically have parts lists so you can order the components online. Swiss shops like Bastelgarage, Pi-Shop, Digitec, etc., have most of what you need to get started. Join the community and reach out through Slack if you have any questions.

Build something awesome and share the story! Next year we want to open up our platform to include all the DIY tinkering happening in garages across the country.

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The Things Network Manifesto

Everything that carries power will be connected to Internet eventually.

Controlling the network that makes this possible means controlling the world. We believe that this power should not be restricted to a few people, companies or nations. Instead this should be distributed over as many people as possible without the possibility to be taken away by anyone. We therefore founded "The Things Network".

The Things Network is an open source, free initiative with the following properties:

  • It connects sensors and actuators, called "Things", with transceivers called "Things Gateways" to servers called "Things Access".
  • The first connection is "Over The Air", the second is "Over The Net". The distributed implementation of these concepts is called "The Things Network".
  • Anyone shall be free to set up "Things" and connect to "Things Gateways" that may or may not be their own.
  • Anyone shall be free to set up "Things Gateways" and connect to "Things Access" that may or may not be their own. Their "Things Gateways" will give access to all "Things" in a net neutral manner, limited by the maximum available capacity alone.
  • Anyone shall be free to set up "Things Access" and allow anonymous connections from the Internet. Their "Things Access" will give access to all "Things Gateways" in a net neutral manner, limited by the maximum available capacity alone. Furthermore their "Things Access" will allow connection of other "Things Access" servers for the distribution of data.
  • The "Over The Air" and "Over The Net" networks shall be protocol agnostic, as long as these protocols are not proprietary, open source and free of rights.
  • Anyone who perpetrates a "Things Access" or a "Things Gateway" will do so free of charge for all connecting devices and servers.
  • Anyone making use of the network is allowed to do so for any reason or cause, possibly limited by local law, fully at own risk and realizing that services are provided "as is" and may be terminated for any reason at any moment. The use may be open for anybody, limited to customers, commercial, not-for-profit, or in any other fashion. "The Things Network" providers will not pose restrictions upon its users.

We invite you to sign this Manifesto, and uphold its principles to the best of your abilities.

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01.12.2022 16:02 ~ loleg

Event finished

30.11.2022 14:00

We have updated the Bern community page at & made plans for a spring meetup to introduce people to building simple nodes and connecting their sensor data. Back to the basics!

23.11.2022 20:26 ~ loleg

Thanks Kurt for joining the late session in BigBlueButton! Let's keep the flame of open hardware alive in the IoT community.

23.11.2022 20:19 ~ loleg

Repository updated

23.11.2022 20:16 ~ loleg

Joined the team

23.11.2022 20:16 ~ loleg

Challenge posted

23.11.2022 20:16 ~ loleg

Event started

23.11.2022 13:00


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