Helium Hotspot

Helium Hotspot

Built to power The People’s Network, the Helium Hotspot enables anyone to earn a new cryptocurrency, Helium tokens, for providing wireless coverage for low power Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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What's a Hotspot?

The Helium Hotspot provides wireless coverage and acts as a miner to generate Helium tokens.

Within minutes anyone can set up a Hotspot and provide connectivity for low power, IoT devices using a new, open wireless protocol LongFi, not Wi-Fi, cellular, or Bluetooth.

Miles of Coverage

Mining with Radio

Energy Efficient

Scales to Thousands

Add Power & Internet. Build Out Your City.

The Helium Hotspot is simple to set up and requires minimal power to operate.

Just plug it in and set it up with your smartphone in minutes to start providing wireless coverage across many square miles for your city. Based on initial testing, 50 to 100 Hotspots can provide complete coverage for an entire city.

Introducing LongFiIntroducing LongFi

Built into every Hotspot

Helium LongFi is a new open, wireless protocol optimized for miles of range, and maximum battery life for low-bandwidth IoT devices. LongFi is not designed for devices that need to transfer large amounts of data, like smartphones or computers.

Proof-of-Coverage
Proof-of-Coverage

Hotspots validate their peers nearby are providing legitimate wireless coverage using a system called Proof-of-Coverage. With Proof-of-Coverage Hotspots earn more Helium when they are in range of other Hotspots.

For this validation work Hotspots earn Helium and increase their network “score”. Every 30 minutes, new Hotspots with the highest score are elected to a virtual group, called a consensus group. Hotspots in the group verify network transactions, add new blocks to the blockchain, and perform other tasks. Group members earn additional Helium for participating in consensus.

Proof-of-Coverage is not CPU intensive and relies only on the wireless coverage you provide. Helium Hotspots use as much power as a typical LED lightbulb.

Cover Your City in Miles of Radio Coverage

Deliver many square miles coverage from a single Hotspot

The People’s Network provides a secure and cost-effective way for low-power devices to send data to and from the Internet. Each Hotspot provides coverage over many square miles and can support thousands of devices to enable an entirely new class of low-power, IoT devices.

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Hotspots provide many square miles of coverage for a new class of low-power, IoT devices.

Connect anything

Create a new global network for billions of devices.

Any device can become Helium-enabled using readily available off-the-shelf hardware components, software, and a reference design that is open source for anyone to improve on. It's entirely possible that by owning a Hotspot you will help someone reunite with a lost pet, prevent bike theft, or even protect communities from wildfires.

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Hotspot Specifications.

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Internal Components

Quad-core ARM A53-based Application Processor, 1GB RAM, 64GB Storage, ZOE-M8Q GNSS timing module

Networking

Wifi, Ethernet, & optional Cellular backhaul. Multi-channel radio baseband processor, dual I/Q low-frequency analog radio frontends. Capacity: Approximately 1.5 million machines per day, 62,500 per hour

Network Bands

RF: 902-928MHz (US), 868MHz (Europe), 779MHz (China), WiFi/Bluetooth: 2.4GHz, GNSS: 1.5GHz

Packaging

Standard: Consumer model for home and office use (5.5 inch x 5.5 inch x 1.5inch) Enterprise: IP67 with pole and wall mount bracketing. (10inch x 12inch x 2inch)

Energy Usage

5 Watts per hour, approximately $0.025 per day to operate at $0.211/kwh (typical PG&E US)

Helium Wallet

Manage your Hotspot and Tokens

The Helium Hotspot app allows anyone to create a secure wallet for their Tokens and easily setup their Hotspot in minutes.

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Helium Hotspot App on iOS and Android