ThingsManchester is a free and open radio network for the internet of things in Manchester. It uses low-power, low-bandwidth LoRaWAN to cover the whole city with just one base station. I asked the project leader Julian Istar to answer three questions.
What is ThingsMCR?
Things Manchester is a group of civic-minded people who are intent on building an open and free Internet of Things infrastructure in Greater Manchester, so that anyone and everyone who wants to develop IoT products can do so.
Why is this network exciting?
Things Manchester is part of The Things Network founded in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam initiative was launched on the 21st August by the digital community to provide a distributed IoT infrastructure for the benefit of their businesses and communities. Businesses made a commitment to install a low-cost IoT gateway that connected to the Things Network. The simplicity of doing this meant that Amsterdam had its own public IoT network within six weeks of the idea first being mooted. There are now digital communities in over 100 global cities who have made a commitment to build the network of which Manchester was one of the first to commit.
How can people get involved?
They can get in touch with me directly firstname.lastname@example.org join the global Things Network community herehttp://forum.thethingsnetwork.org and follow @thingsmcr on twitter for news and IoT related events