The Helium Network is a decentralized wireless network designed to provide low-power, long-range connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It utilizes a unique wireless protocol called LongFi, which combines the benefits of both LoRaWAN and blockchain technologies to create a secure, reliable, and low-cost network that can operate independently of traditional cellular networks.
The Helium Network is powered by a decentralized network of hotspots, which are small, low-power base stations that can provide coverage over several square miles. These hotspots are connected to the internet and serve as gateways for IoT devices to send and receive data over the network.
The Helium Network also uses a native cryptocurrency called HNT to incentivize hotspot owners to participate in the network by providing coverage and maintaining the network infrastructure. Hotspot owners can earn HNT by validating transactions on the blockchain and providing connectivity to IoT devices.
Overall, the Helium Network offers a low-cost, decentralized, and efficient solution for IoT connectivity, and it has gained popularity in various industries such as logistics, agriculture, and asset tracking.
OpenTrak uses the Helium network to obtain coverage for the onboarded GPS devices.
Additionally, Helium Foundation has been generous enough to provide foundational grant assistance to make this project possible.