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Open city sensor network

Reference number
Funding from Vinnova SEK 600 000
Project duration December 2016 - August 2017
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for the Internet of Things

Purpose and goal

The project´s goal was to establish an open sensor network in Lund based on the LoRa standard, which increases the local innovation level of IoT solution-coupled to community benefits and the smart city. In the network, only non-commercial or pre-commercial traffic is allowed to not compete with commercially powered IoT networks. The project has received a lot of attention, both in press and online and generated a great deal of interest from actors who want to try. A number of actors are in the process of developing their services and products using the LoRa network, and more are on their way.

Expected effects and result

The project has established an open sensor network in the city. Base stations have been linked by implementing a LORAWan based on open source code. In addition, a training kit has been developed to easily connect sensors to the network. The network is different from other LoRa city networks, because it is not driven by private interests but together by the city and the university, which creates an open platform for students, individuals and companies to test and develop new innovative IoT services without investment barriers.

Planned approach and implementation

The network consists of 3 base stations in strategic locations in the city and provides a good coverage of large parts of central Lund. The network also has coverage far beyond Lund in many places. The network is controlled by a LORAWan developed based on open source code that has been modified to provide a stable communication network that can operate with close to zero in operating costs. Furthermore, a training kit has been developed to easily connect sensors to the network. The project has held introductory workshops for interested actors, these have been well visited.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2016-05292

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