Helium Technologies

The People's Network is powered by a range of technologies, such as the Helium Blockchain and LongFi Wireless Protocol.

The World’s First Peer-to-Peer Wireless Network

The People’s Network is the world's first peer-to-peer wireless network that provides a secure and cost-effective way for low-power Internet of Things devices to send data to and from the Internet.

The network enables companies to focus on applications and use cases, not worry about cellular plans for devices or managing network infrastructure.

Built & Owned by You

Anyone can own a Hotspot and start earning HNT, a new cryptocurrency, for providing coverage.

Private and Secure

All data is encrypted from machine to cloud and owned entirely by your organization.

Reliable and Scalable

Due to its decentralized nature, the robust network is able to quickly and easily scale.

Open Source

Helium uses open-standards, off-the-shelf hardware, and all of Helium's core technology is open-source.

Powered by Blockchain

Built from the ground up, the Helium blockchain powers the network and serves as the underlying technology for HNT.

The blockchain acts as a ‘cryptographic notary‘ since transaction data from devices including connectivity time, and the location is added to the blockchain and is immutable, inspectable, and censor-resistant.

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What is Proof-of-Coverage?

Proof-of-Coverage is a unique work algorithm that uses radio waves to validate Hotspots are providing legitimate wireless coverage.

For this validation work Hotspots can earn HNT by verifying network transactions, adding new blocks to the blockchain, and performing other tasks. To participate in PoC, there must be multiple Hotspots at least 300 meters apart in an area, but still within range of each other (up to many miles depending on environment). Single Hotspots earn less as they can only issue Challenges over the internet, and can’t participate in Proof-of-Coverage.

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Proof-of-Coverage in the Real World.

The challenges generated by the network can be viewed through our Mobile App or through our Network Visualizer



Consensus Groups


Avg Consensus Time

0 mins

Helium LongFi combines the LoRaWAN wireless protocol with Helium blockchain so any LoRaWAN device can transfer data on the Helium Network.

LongFi delivers roaming capabilities and supports micropayment transactions so customers only pay based on network usage without needing to deploy gateways or network servers.

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Frictionless Device Onboarding

LongFi combined with the Helium blockchain allows a company to onboard as many devices as they need without additional configurations or third-party assistance.

Device Roaming

During onboarding devices are mapped to a company ID on the blockchain, and become trusted by the network letting them connect and send data via any Hotspot.

Micropayment Transactions

LongFi allows owners to earn HNT when devices transfer data over the network through their Hotspots.

LoRaWAN Support

Any LoRaWAN device or sensor can transfer data over the largest public LoRaWAN network in the USA.

Helium Hotspot

The Hotspot serves as both the backbone of the network by providing many square miles of connectivity and as a node for the Helium blockchain which powers the reward system. Simply provide internet to the Hotspot and join the network.

Hotspots can support thousands of devices, yet only require about the same amount of power as an LED light bulb (5W).

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Hotspot Technical Specifications

Internal Components

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


Wi-Fi & Ethernet. Multi-channel radio baseband processor, dual I/Q low-frequency analog radio frontends. Capacity: Approximately 1.5 million devices per day, 62,500 per hour

Network Bands

RF: 902-928MHz (US), 868MHz (Europe), 779MHz (China), Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, GNSS: 1.5GHz


For home and office use (5.5 inch x 5.5 inch x 1.5 inch)

Energy Usage

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

Advanced Developer Tools

Rapidly build applications to run on The People’s Network with advanced tools and documentation.

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Software Development Kits & APIs

Build devices that run on the network with SDK tools that include sample code, documentation, and APIs.

Hardware Reference

Learn about our combination wireless router and blockchain miner that provides a long-range wireless network and performs ongoing mining duties to secure the Helium Network.

Helium LongFi

Read how Helium’s combination of LoRaWAN wireless protocol with Helium Blockchain provides device roaming and eliminates the need to purchase and deploy your own gateways.