Registration is now open for the 78th meeting, held in partnership with
the BCS OSSG. Details below.
This will be a remote meeting so you can enjoy the speakers and discussion
with other attendees from the comfort of your own home.
16th April 2020, 17:30 - 20:30 via BCS Webinar
This month we’ll be hosting our evening of talks online. You can join
remotely from the comfort of your own home to listen to the speakers and
chat in realtime with the other attendees.
LoRaWAN is a Long Range Wide Area Networking technology that has been
quietly sitting in the background of many IoT systems for several years
now. This month we’ll hear from speakers who were early adopters of the
technology. We’ll find out what is it, how it works and, most importantly,
what they have achieved with it.
18:15 – Join online meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:30 – Close
This is a joint meeting with the British Computer Society Open Source
We are currently finalising the details for registration and connection so
please save this time in your diary and look out for more information on
Tuesday 14th April. We shall be live streaming via GoToWebinar and
recording the talks for later posting on YouTube.
Andrew Tierney (@cybergibbons)
— The Things Network 5 years on
Amazing how time flies! Mike looks at how LPWAN has progressed since he
first got involved with The Things Network in 2015. He will look at the
technology (radio, devices and code) involved, how to build and deploy your
project, and finish with a look to the future of TTN with 5G arriving.
Mike Beardmore (@mikethebee) has surfed the wave of opportunities for a
creator since the transistor replaced the ‘tube’. A life of learning about
constant change has been a foundation for working with the recent LPWAN
blooming. An active Maker using additive & subtractive tools, he is an
advocate for Hackspaces, OpenSource and Creative Commons.
— LoRa trials (and tribulations)
A few years ago a group of us came together to see what we could do about
measuring actual pollution levels “where you are”. We were disappointed
that the only hyper-localised data available came from hard-to-trust models
that used widely-spaced sensors.
We won some funding to build and test a prototype based on good quality
sensors that communicated via a connected smart phone to a cloud-based data
store, the data being visualised on a web app. This allowed people to
compare alternative routes and select the best ones.
The main feedback from these trials was that we needed to make the device
much easier to use, smaller and lighter so we looked at ways to make the
Along came LoRaWAN as one way to achieve this. The prototype was completely
redesigned and we have been testing and refining that since. Unhappily,
trialling with schools is currently suspended for obvious reasons but we
think we are getting there.
The talk will be about our learnings and future options under
Paul Tanner (@paul_tanner) is an experienced engineer and project manager.
He has held management positions in several tech startups and developed
numerous electronic and software products. He has worked on a diverse range
of IT projects in the roles of CTO, project manager, developer and
Paul’s recent projects have been focused on practical implementation of the
“Internet of Things”. These have included two consumer energy portals, an
assisted living care-in-the-home system, an assistive street and an
energy-optimised smart house and (currently) a portable pollution monitor.
He has also been an advisor and beta tester for a smart heating product.
Paul now focuses on “public good” projects, especially in renewable energy,
assisted living and cleantech. He is open to whatever roles are appropriate
either as an individual or by bringing in a small team.
Paul is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Whilst not
busy with his family he is a “maker” and clean energy enthusiast.
Note: Please aim to connect by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30