Dutch build the first nationwide internet of thongs

holland1Dutch telecoms group KPN claims to have created a nationwide long range (LoRa) network for the so-called Internet of Things.

Connecting everyday objects to networks, allowing them to send and receive data, is widely seen as the next major evolution of the Internet.  Now KPN has switched one on.

“This makes The Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) application,” the company said.

In the initial plan was to have the network was rolled out in Rotterdam and The Hague in November. But it was stepped up across the country due to “substantial customer interest”, said KPN.

The LoRa network is complementary to KPN’s networks for the 2G, 3G and 4G phones. KPN has already reached deals to connect some 1.5 million objects, a number which should steadily grow now that the LoRa network is available across the country.

Tests are being carried out at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam—one of Europe’s busiest air hubs—for baggage handling. The Utrecht rail station an experiment is under way to allow LoRa to monitor rail switches.

Depth sounders in the Port of Rotterdam have been fitted with devices to connect them to the Internet of Things network.