Amsterdam Launches an IoT Wireless Network to Become a ‘Connected City’

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities September 4, 2015 15:24

Amsterdam Launches an IoT Wireless Network to Become a ‘Connected City’

The city of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) has launched ‘The Things Network’ a new Internet of Things (IoT) wireless network which will allow objects – like boats, rubbish bins and street lights– to transmit data between each other.

The city-wide coverage of Amsterdam was crowdsourced by citizens and implemented in a period of 4 weeks using LoRaWAN™, a low range, low-bandwidth and low battery usage technology which can be used without 3G or Wi-Fi and zero setup costs.

The Things Network, as an open standard, is already been implemented in different use cases like the following examples:

  • Boat water detector: a water detector which detects if a boat is filling up with water. If it happens, the owner receives an SMS and a maintenance company will fix the problem.
  • Bicycle: a device attached to the bike with an app that helps users find their bikes and get notifications when it is being used.
  • Peerby: users of this P2P sharing service will be able to track their lent goods. They will always know the positioning of their things and also track the usage of electronic devices.

Now the crowdsourced initiative is launching a global campaign to implement this initiative in every city in the world.

Story: Smartcities.eu          Image: Janericloebe – Wikimedia

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities September 4, 2015 15:24