The Things Network is a recent example of a decentralized, community-owned and built IoT data network. We're fortunate to have their Amsterdam-based founding team join us.
The technology uses LoRaWAN and allows for things to connect to the internet through low-cost gateways that can connect up to[masked] devices in a radius of 5km. It features low battery usage, long range, and low bandwidth, so is a great fit for sensor data.
Their manifesto (https://github.com/TheThingsNetwork/Manifest) states that the network is open. Any work created in the community will be open sourced. The Things Network is set up in a decentralized way to not have any single point of control or failure. Nothing is centralized or owned by the founders.
The Things Network now has 27,000 members across 93 countries operating 1650 gateways, building a collaborative open IoT network.
For more info, please see thethingsnetwork.org (http://www.thethingsnetwork.org/) or read about the complete story here (http://medium.com/@wienke/the-things-network-building-a-global-iot-data-network-in-6-months-adc2c0b1ae9b).
• 6:00pm - Event opens, food/drink and networking
• 6:20pm - Announcements, topic & speaker intro [Shilpi Kumar & Linda Drabik, co-organizers SF IoT meetup]
• 6:45pm - Introduction of The Things Network [Wienke Giezeman, Initiator of The Things Network]
• 7:30pm - Speaker Q&A
• 8:00pm - Event ends