Project Lora: Revolutionising Off-Grid Communication for UKSN and it’s Members

At UKSN, we understand the importance of reliable communication, especially in off-grid or emergency situations. That's why we're excited to introduce Project Lora. Utilising a cutting-edge open-source mesh network platform, we are going to revolutionise how members stay connected off the grid.

What is Project Lora

Project Lora utilises affordable off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software to create decentralised mesh networks. These networks allow devices to communicate with each other directly, bypassing the need for traditional cellular or internet infrastructure. By forming a mesh, each device acts as a node, relaying messages to extend the network's reach. In short, the more nodes we have in our network, the further we can all communicate.

How Does Project Lora Work?

Utilising relatively low-cost, low-power radio modules, such as the ESP32-based devices, users can send text messages, GPS coordinates, and even share their location in real-time within the mesh network. In addition to this, we are working on an ATAK (Android Team Awareness Kit) solution for UKSN Charters that will combine the technologies, unlocking complete situational awareness, offline mapping, and much more. This will even be possible without internet connectivity making it particularly suited to off grid, or emergency use.

  • Benefits for UKSN Members

Resilient Communication

In remote areas or during emergencies when traditional communication methods fail, Meshtastic ensures reliable communication within the network.

Privacy and Security

The decentralised architecture, and 256 bit encryption enhances privacy and security, as messages are not routed through centralised servers. This feature is crucial for sensitive or confidential communications.

Customisation and Flexibility

The open-source nature allows for customisation and integration with other tools and platforms, empowering UKSN members to tailor the system to their specific needs.

Cost-Effective Solution

Project Lora utilises affordable hardware, making it a cost-effective solution for members and UKSN Charters looking to establish off-grid communication capabilities without breaking the bank.

Complete Project Lora Solutions and Accessories Coming Soon

Excited to join the revolution but don’t know where to start? Never fear, we got you! UKSN is gearing up to launch complete UKSN Branded Project Lora solutions, including hardware and accessories. Whether you’re looking for Project Lora-compatible devices, antennas, batteries or other essential accessories, we’ll have you covered.

Stay tuned for updates as we prepare to bring you everything you need to build and enhance your off-grid communication capabilities. Get ready to explore, connect, and communicate like never before with UKSN’s curated selection of products, coming soon to our online store.

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Getting Started with Project Lora

To get started with Project Lora, UKSN members can acquire compatible 868Mhz hardware, such as the Heltec V3 or other ESP32-based devices. Once set up, users can join or create mesh networks and start communicating off the grid.

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Join us over on our dedicated UKSN Project Lora WhatsApp Chat.

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