What is the People's Network or a LoRaWan-Network?
"The People's Network" offers a secure and cost-effective way to connect Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. This so-called LoRaWAN, i.e. a Long Range Wide Area Network, is primarily used for networking "smart" devices.
As with all network technologies and ways of electronic communication, LoRa is about finding the right compromise between transmission rate, energy consumption and transmission distance. The focus with LoRa is on the last two points: In license-free frequency bands (mainly 868MHz in Europe and 928MHz in North America and Asia with certain regional variations), only very small amounts of data are transmitted at low transmission rates (0.3 kbit/s to 50 kbit/s). However, this is possible over long distances (from a few to over 40 kilometers) and with very low energy consumption. The technology is therefore ideal for battery-powered devices that need to exchange small amounts of data over long distances.
In order for the data to reach the generally known Internet, gateways or hotspots are needed that are connected to the regular Internet but can also "speak" LoRa and thus provide network coverage. This then enables communication between (web) apps, servers and IoT devices connected via LoRaWAN.
LoRa is the physical layer: many different devices are basically LoRa-enabled and compatible with different networks. However, there are different networks: "private" networks, for example, operated by telecom providers, but also "The People's Network" or "The Things Network", which are more open.
Read more about the Helium network and our collaboration with MNTD in the blog.