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Helium Hotspot

Anyone can join The People’s Network and earn Helium, a new cryptocurrency, by plugging in a Helium Hotspot and providing wireless coverage.

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What is a Hotspot?

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Access Point for Low-Power, IoT Devices

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Helium Blockchain Miner

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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 with minimal internet bandwidth, you can start providing coverage for your city.

Helium Hotspot Features

Hotspots operate silently to mine tokens for delivering connectivity for a new class of low-power, IoT devices across long ranges while optimizing for battery consumption.

Miles of Coverage

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Mining with Radio

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Energy Efficient

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Scales to Thousands

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Cover Your City in Miles of Radio Coverage

Deliver many square miles coverage from a single Hotspot.

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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. Based on initial testing, only about 50 to 150 hotspots are needed to provide complete coverage for an entire city.

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

Lean, Green, Mining Machine

Simple and Energy Efficient

Helium Hotspots also act as mining nodes within the Helium blockchain. Unlike other 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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Connect Anything

Create a new global network for billions of Devices.

The People’s Network enables us to connect with our world in ways never before possible by delivering secure, ubiquitous, and affordable wireless coverage. Helium-enabled devices are a new class of trackable, connected product that last years on tiny batteries. 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 hosting 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

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