The Things Network goes global, fast

The Things Network is on a mission to provide the world with free internet connectivity for things. 

Imagine a new internet, where everyone can be user, creator and provider. The Things Network is a crowdsourced, sustainable infrastructure for the future of connected devices.

AMSTERDAM - Only 5 weeks after taking on Amsterdam, The Things Network is spreading like wildfire. The first crowdfunded Internet of Things data network is a huge hit worldwide. Ten major cities are starting their campaigns for crowdsourcing an open and free Internet of Things data network for their city. Boston, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Kochi, Cape Town, São Paulo and Manchester are amongst the fast growing list of cities soon to be covered. Their combined efforts aim at providing over 45 million people with a new and more sustainable alternative to Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. A free, open infrastructure for citizens to create smart solutions for their city.

“We managed to cover the city of Amsterdam with a crowdsourced LoRaWAN network in six weeks. Now, six weeks later we are launching campaigns all around the world. Since then, it has been a rollercoaster ride across the globe!„ Wienke Giezeman, Initiator The Things Network

The video below shows the initiator from a few of our international communities.

When Wienke Giezeman discovered the LoraWAN™ technology, he was amazed by it from the start. LoraWAN impresses by the low cost and low energy consumption it requires and by the impressive reach of 10km each single router/gateway can have. A technology that is superior to 3G or Wifi was worth exploring further. Wienke and co-founder Johan Stokking went and brought together an enthusiastic team and The Things Network was born. From then on they have been joined by an ever growing number of people from all around the world to join the foundation or start their own Things Network.


What is it?

Wikipedia: A LoRaWAN™ wide area network allows low bit rate communication from and to connected objects, thus participating to Internet of Things, machine-to-machine M2M, and smart city. This technology is standardized by the LoRa™ Alliance. It was initially developed by Cycleo, which was acquired by Semtech in 2012.LoRaWAN™ is an acronym for Long Range Wide-area network.

LoRa™ Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that believe the internet of things era is now. Our mission to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications. The Alliance members will collaborate to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN™), by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability between operators in one open global standard.

Our global community


Taking on the educational capital of the world

Initiator David Stephenson takes the lead in the educational capital of the world, Boston. He is founder of the Internet of Things Meetup in Boston.

“Boston is already ranked as the world's 4th largest home of IoT companies, and we want to build on this reputation by providing a free citywide IoT data network to make the entire city an IoT sandbox/laboratory. Our Boston IoT Meetup will be the nucleus of the campaign, and we hope to build on the worldwide attention that the innovative apps and services developed by the Mayor's Office of the New Urban Mechanics. It will take active support from the business community and the neighborhoods to make this dream a reality.„ David Stephenson - Initiator The Things Network Boston

São Paulo

A city of 40 million people

One of the first and most active communities arose in Sao Paulo. Flavio and Matthias are on a mission to provide the entire city with The Things Network. The video below tells more about their plans.

“Sao Paulo is the center of innovation and technology in Latin America. Let´s now bring the Things Network to Sao Paulo and make the city even more connected and smarter!„ Flavio Madea - Initiator The Things Network Sao Paulo

Buenos Aires

Bruno and Javier are taking on Buenos Aires as international entrepreneurs. A city like Buenos Aires could immensely benefit from an internet of things network as regular internet connectivity is not yet abundant.

“We want to connect all devices in Buenos Aires city by creating an open and collaborative network.„

Cape Town

The Cape Town team consist of Shane, Mark, Paul and Robbert. They see immense potential for the network not only in the Cape Town city, but also in the rural areas of South Africa.

“What is clear, is that within our country the number of uses are enormous. The key thing is that we need to get a practical example of what can be achieved and be able to show leaders and members within our communities the possibilities. Once we get buy in from the communities and the networks start being set up, the growth and linking between areas won’t take long.„

Kochi, India

“As an IoT evangelist, I was really stunned by the solutions that The Things Network offers to the global open-sourced IoT space. I felt that your offerings must reach a wider global audience in a very less time which can kickstart a revolution to the current global IoT scene. You may be knowing under the digital India campaign the government of India is planning for 100 smart cities in a time bound manner which explains the potential of The Things Network in India. May be as an initial step, we can organize a meetup featuring The Things Network and your solutions where you can take a session.„ Boney Chacko - The Things Network initiator Kochi, India


Early-warning systems for forest and beachgoers down under

The Sydney community is led by Nick Mayall. He was the first to start a campaign and already has two concrete use cases in mind:

“Best use cases so far are based on Australian culture and the concern are rip tide detection at beaches linked to electronic displays to warn beachgoers of rip tide location (in multiple languages). And fire detection in the outback linked to operations monitors in rural fire houses and regional/national operations centres.„ Nick Mayall

This is just the start. There are communities from London, Manchester, Paris, Kathmandu, Melbourne, Eindhoven, Antwerp, Barcelona and many more lining up to start The Things Network in their region.


“The Internet of Things should be for everyone that is why we are starting our journey in to crowdsourcing an Internet of Things network that benefits the whole of Manchester.„ Julian Tait - Initiator The Things Network Manchester

Giving the world a 200 dollar gateway

Crowdsourcing through Kickstarter

The Things Network calls for the world to start building the network from today. Currently three gateways exist and are supported. Two operator-grade devices from Kerlink and Multitech, costing between 1000 and 1500 dollars. Details on how to purchase these devices at the appropriate distributors can be found on the website.

In order to be even more cost-effective, The Things Network, paired up with Tweetonig to create a cheaper gateway. The Kickstarter funded gateway will reduce costs by over 80%, costing only 200 dollar per unit. The campaign for a designed gateway and further essential elements will launch in the first week of October. Everyone interested can sign up with us. It will be an essential step towards exponential growth of this network’s global coverage. 

All code, firmware, designs and knowledge for the production of the Kickstarter product will be open source. So everybody is able to contribute in their own way.

“You are the network, let’s build this thing together!„ Wienke Giezeman

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Background information

The Things Network foundation was founded in Amsterdam by Wienke Giezeman and Johan Stokking in August 2015. Currently it runs on 10 gateways, paid for and hosted by: The Next Web, Rockstart, Boven de Balie, De Waag, KPMG, Peerby, Trakkies, HoosjeBootje,, Deloitte, Port of Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage, The Smiths and A-Lab. All companies where incentivized by the opportunity to create an open free and crowd-owned Internet for Things.

The LoRa™ name and associated logo and the LoRaWAN™ name are trademarks of Semtech Corporation and used under license.

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