Welcome to the Brighton & Sussex Everynet project.
The last few years has the creation of a vast network called the ‘Internet of Things’. Millions of smartphones, devices and sensors are now routinely connected to the Internet. Furthermore, experts expect this global network to expand to include more than 50 billlion devices within the next 5 years.
Here in the heart of Sussex, we are working to build a community owned ‘Internet of Things’ network. When fully built out, it could span the coast from Newhaven to Worthing and beyond.
We affectionately call this concept the Everynet. In principle, it will allow you to connect every thing to the Internet. That’s why we call it Everynet !
Building the future
By creating an open community owned network, we aim to make this technology accessible to as wide an audience of possible. So schools, colleges, universities, businesses, local authorities – and of course the citizen scientist – will have open access to the rich data set that will be created by the Everynet.
Of course, you will need the right kind of skills to participate. So we will be running free workshops, training sessions and hackathons. These sessions will help you understand the technology and empower you to explore how you can use data from the Everynet to benefit your community.
Think of the Everynet as a platform for innovation and experimentation. Above all else, it’s about bringing people together. Using the Everynet, we will discover new solutions to old problems, create new kinds of businesses and provide the jobs of the future.
Built by you
We take our inspiration from the global Things Network. This started life in Amsterdam, with a mission to build an open community ‘Internet of Things’ network, which was free to use. This idea has spread around the world, so now there are similar community networks operating in more than 70 countries around the globe.
The network uses a wireless technology called LoRa™. This has the benefit of being both low-cost and long range (5-8 miles in urban areas). Best of all, LoRa supports both open-source and commercial products.
But don’t worry if you are not a wireless geek! Ultimately, the ‘Internet of Things’ is all about the data, which means there are many ways for you to participate in the project. You can contribute ideas, offer to host a base station or help to create applications for end users.