Security

Our network servers allows the LoRaWAN encryption to run from the sensor to the application without intermediate decryption. This can be configured in a hybrid deployment where both non end-to-end encrypted and end-to-end encrypted applications run side by side with the same instance of the network server. Extra provisioning security features can be added by including third party key provisioning solutions Like the one from Microchip and AWS.

Integrations

As the APIs of our network server can be exposed, deep integration is supported. When building network operator services, this allows for easy integration with existing billing or user management systems for instance. The platform allows easy integration for device and data management. Interface definitions are available to easily include device provisioning into a end user application, hiding the technical console for the end user. Standard data integration with existing platforms like AWS IoT, Azure IoT, Bluemix are available.

Scalability

The micro service architecture enables scalable and secure deployments. The micro services can run distributed across different data centers and domains, working together as one instance. The best show case is The Things Network where 1100 gateways are connected over 50 countries on a single instance of the network server running on 4 different data centers. The micro services are efficient in processing and low memory optimised to reduce hosting costs. Enabling all kinds of configurations. From running the stack on a Raspberry Pi powered gateway to running it on a freight ship to running it across multiple data centers.

Network Server

The Things Network Server

The Things Network Server is known for supporting more than thousand gateways around the world across seven data centers on all continents. Now at your private disposal for your Internet of Things application.

Our network server is a fully compliant server. Supporting in the future as well.

The Things Industries offers two license packages focussing on professional and enterprise use. For either building one use case or offering IoT network services as a integrator or operator.

Professional

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Professional Pack

Secure Routing
Device Management
User Management
Integrations
Data Storage

Enterprise

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Enterprise Pack

Monitoring
Alerting
Fine Grained Access Control
Automatic Scaling
Extended Support

Features

Features

Secure Routing

End-to-end encrypted bidirectional routing of packets.

Device Management

Manage devices in a web interface.

User Management

Per user login and assign users to applications.

Integrations

Use an existing powerful set of integrations like webhooks.

Data Storage

Store data in a time-series database for fallback and analysis.

Monitoring
Enterprise

All services are monitored automatically.

Alerting
Enterprise

When there’s an outage, users are notified by e-mail or text message.

Fine Grained Access Control
Enterprise

Manage specific rights of users to applications and gateways.

Automatic Scaling
Enterprise

When the load increases, the services scale up automatically.

Extended Support
Enterprise

Call with a real human.

Faq

Faq

Isn't end-to-end encryption default in LoRaWAN?

Yes end-to-end encryption is default in LoRaWAN. We also allow you to have the network routing hosted outside of your domain leaving the LoRaWAN decoding and decryption inside your domain.

Can I run the Network Server on a Raspberry PI like computer?

Yes, you can run the entire stack on a small computer, supporting gateways on premises without connecting them to the internet.

Can I create a private LoRaWAN network with your software?

Yes, this is exactly what the Professional and Enterprise pack allow you to do. You can run it on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure having the ability to host it on premises or by us.

Can I connect this to existing Internet of Things platforms?

Yes, we invested heavily in hooks and integrations with existing platforms so we can focus on our strength, providing the last mile. Platforms like AWS IoT, Azure IoT, Cayenne and many more are supported out of the box.

How do you make sure you don't loose my messages when there is no internet connection?

Next to MQTT, we offer HTTP integration to make sure your messages are queued and sent when a connection becomes available.

What kinds of gateways does your network server support?

All LoRaWAN gateways with either SX1301 and SX1308 chips including both V1 and V2 reference design. We provide special software to setup a secure connection between the gateway and the network server.

What kind of nodes do you support?

All LoRaWAN nodes that comply to the specifications are supported by us.

Do you support ABP and OTA activation?

Yes.

I would like to leverage the global network (The Things Network) with my private network, can I do that?

Yes, you can opt in to collaborate with the community but only if you also contribute to The Things Network.

Is it possible to use both the community network and my private network in parallel?

We intend to make it possible to securely exchange data by federating the public network (The Things Network) and your private network. However this feature is not supported yet.

Can I connect my existing user and or billing system?

Yes, the Network Server is build out of several services that all have APIs. Connecting your existing system is very easy.

How is your network server different from other vendors?

Our Network Server allows you to manage the security keys in your own domain, offering true end to end security. The data is encrypted on the device, and only decrypted on your servers, without any party in between managing your keys.

What are the costs involved in running your network server?

We charge recurring license fees in the shape of a fee per node per month. We do NOT charge per downlink or uplink message. The more nodes you connect, the lower the price per node. Optionally, you pay for support tickets and hosting fees. We also charge an initial setup fee for installing and configuring the network server.

Do you support Semtech's GWMP?

We support Semtech's reference protocol (GWMP messages over UDP), but we additionally support other, more secure protocols, such as protobuf over MQTT (with TLS) or protobuf over gRPC (with TLS). From the GWMP specification: The protocol authenticates neither the gateway nor the server. Neither participant retransmits unacknowledged messages. For most of our customers, this is not acceptable, which is why we support these other protocols.

Deployments

Deployments

As a service

We run an instance of the network server for you, in our private cloud.

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On premises

The network server is hosted on your premises or in your cloud, and managed by us.

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Fast Innovation.

  • Fast & low cost prototyping
  • Open
  • Experiment
  • Community Support

Scale securely.

  • End-to-end encryption
  • Monitoring
  • Scaling
  • Integrations
  • Optional storage
  • Flexible support

Private networks.

  • Private connections
  • Private network deployment
  • Custom network configuration
  • Custom hardware
  • Security updates & support
LoRaWAN
Bluetooth 2017 2017 2017
Secure Routing with Private Keys with Private Keys
Device Management
User Management Basic Basic Integrated
Integrations HTTP
IFTTT
HTTP
IFTTT
Microsoft Azure
Amazon Web Services
IBM Watson IOT
Salesforce
SAP
HTTP
IFTTT
Microsoft Azure
Amazon Web Services
IBM Watson IOT
Salesforce
SAP
Data Storage 7 days Unlimited Unlimited
Monitoring Optional Optional
Alerting Optional Optional
Fine Grained Access Control Optional Optional
Automatic Scaling Optional Optional
Extended Support Optional Optional
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