Send in your ideas. Deadline June 1, 2024
Theme fund: NREN
Start: 2017-10

Democratic SendComm

Easy to use connected open hardware device

Decocratic SenComm is an open hardware LoRaWAN capable device, aimed at the educational sector. The subgigaherz LoRa network and the IP networked LoRaWAN can be used to transmit data at relatively large distances with very simple commodity infrastructure, and Democratic SendComm is therefore for instance suitable for measurement data from actuators and sensors in low-bandwidth scenario's. The whole design is available under the CERN HW license.

Why does this actually matter to end users?

Democratic Sendcomm aims to build an easy to use (like Micro:Bit or Raspberry Pi) connected telemetry appliance with just enough configurability to teach democratic communication while keeping the learning curve flat. It would deliver open hardware licenced (CERN HW license) design of cheap yet high performance LoRaWAN devices. Requirements include or resemble functions of Tor's Atlas project while design resembles that of typical Physical Web beacons. The communication technology is subgigaherz LoRa and IP networked LoRaWAN.

At its developer core, the project aims to provide research access and resources to the academic an open source communities. It's wider reach extends to young students in schools as well as hobby makers worldwide (such as hackerspaces).

The project should include all documents needed for device production (schematic, layout, Gerber files, instructions).

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