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Helium Hotspot

The Helium Hotspot is the world’s first crypto miner that uses radio waves instead of power-hungry computations.

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What is a Hotspot?

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Internet Access Point for Machines

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Simple, Fairer Blockchain Miner

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Add Power & Internet.

Own your City.

The Helium Hotspot is simple to setup and requires only minimal internet bandwidth and power to operate.

Your Hotspot is linked to your Helium Wallet within minutes to begin receiving tokens from mining and nearby machines.

Helium Hotspot Features

Miles of Coverage

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Mining with Radio

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Accurate Tracking

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Scales to Thousands

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Cover Your City in Miles of Radio Coverage

Build the Network with Hotspots and get rewarded.

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Over nine billion microcontroller-equipped devices are shipped every year. Helium's low-power, long-range network provides a groundbreaking method for these machines to send their data to and from the Internet that is both highly secure and cost-effective. Each Hotspot can create internet access over hundreds of square miles and service thousands of machines concurrently, enabling entirely new ways to connect products.

The beauty of the Helium network infrastructure is that it is wholly powered and owned by the users that build it - you. Users can set the fee, in tokens, nearby machines pay to use your shared internet connection.

Hotspots cover large areas, up to hundreds of square miles, with internet connectivity for machines.

Lean, Green, Mining Machine

Simple and Energy Efficient

Helium Hotspots also act as mining nodes within the Helium blockchain. Unlike other crypto-miners that process energy-intensive alogrithms as part of a Proof-of-Work mechanism, the Helium Hotspot instead use an innovative Proof-of-Coverage protocol; a challenge-response system designed to verify other Hotspots on the network are legitimate.

This protocol is not CPU intensive, and relies only on the wireless coverage you provide. Helium Hotspots use as much power as a typical LED lightbulb.

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Proof-of-Location.

Hotspots are able to work together to locate machines on the network.

Hotspots stake a fee against its position on the planet in order to be eligible for mining. Other nearby Hotspots, as part of the Proof-of-Coverage protocol, verify that Hotspots are where they claim to be.

Machines transmitting within range of several Hotspots can pay those Hotspots to deliver multiple copies of the data. These copies, which arrive at fractions of a second different times to each Hotspot, can be used to calculate the machines location, even indoors. Hotspots involved are paid a fee, and the machine is able to cryptographically prove its position in time and space without the use of power-hungry onboard GPS hardware.

Connect all sorts of Machines

Create a new global network for billions of Machines.

The list of potential machine types operating on the network is practically endless. Helium-enabled machines are a new class of trackable, connected product that last years on tiny batteries. Any machine can become Helium-enabled using readily available off-the-shelf radio components, firmware, and a reference design that is open source for anyone to improve on.

It's entirely possible that by hosting a Hotspot you will help someone reunite with a lost pet, or even save someone's life.

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Hotspot Specifications.

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Internal Components

Hexacore ARM A15-based Application Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, NEO-M8T GNSS timing module

RF Networking

LMS6002D SDR radio Frontend, TI CC1310 radio, dual-core Programmable Real-Time Units, dual-core Digital Signal Processors. Capacity: Approximately 325,000 Machine messages per hour @ 20 bytes, 65,000 per hour @ 100 bytes

Internal Backhaul

Wifi, Ethernet, & optional Cellular

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

13 Watts per hour, approximately $0.06 per day to operate at $0.211/kwh (typical PG&E US)