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.
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.