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The Things Network Reading - LoraWAN

Initiator of The Things Network Reading, a free to use long range low power wireless data network for connecting Reading's things to the internet


April 4, 2016 10:24

As I have noted elsewhere, I do not see how in regulatory and risk terms this is any different to operating an open WiFi hotspot, as is done in public spaces, cafes and hotels etc. the world over — and has been for many years now.

I would note also that as far as risk is concerned, we are talking about far lower bandwidth than WiFi. With the possibility also to derive location via GPS-enabled LoRaWAN gateways and time difference of arrival (TDOA). However, I cannot see WiFi hotspots becoming GPS enabled any time soon.

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March 17, 2016 17:39

@SteveKennedy.. Really? (Sarcasm intended).

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January 25, 2016 17:01

As we discussed at the Hardware Pioneers, I'm slightly worried about the Things Network in terms of regulatory.

a) It may not be legal to connect an open network 'on top' of your existing ISP network/connection.

b) If providing an 'open network' or at least a network the public can connect to, then you potentially become a Public Electronic Communications Network under the auspices of the Communications Act 2003 and therefore have obligations under it (and ignorance is no excuse). This may include data logging, connection logging etc.

c) A completely open network may have potentially huge risks in terms of terrorism and other forms of unsuitable use.

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