Helium is a better way to
build wireless infrastructure

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.

Private & Secure

Total encryption from
Device to Cloud

Reliable & Scalable

Our blockchain makes scaling secure & easy

Open Source

Helium is committed
to open collaboration


A Revolutionary 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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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 earn HNT by verifying network transactions, adding new blocks to the blockchain, and performing other tasks.

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Network Statistics

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

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Helium LongFi

Helium LongFi combines the LoRaWAN wireless protocol with the Helium Blockchain so any compatible LoRaWAN device can transfer data on The People's 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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DEVICE ROMAING

Devices can relay through every Hotspot

MICROPAYMENTS

Devices pay for access with Data Credits

LORAWAN SUPPORT

Any LoRaWAN device is compatible with The People's Network

Helium Economics

How does the network utilize HNT and Data Credits? Why do they both exist and how are they created?

Helium Tokens

HNT

HNT is a new cryptocurrency Hotspots earn for providing and validating wireless coverage and when devices on the network connect to the Internet through Hotspots.

Data

Data Credits

Data Credits are required for sending data on the network and for blockchain transaction fees. Data Credits are created by converting Helium, are non-exchangeable, and tied to a single-user.

HNT

HNT is mined and distributed to Hotspot Owners, Helium Inc, and investors.

There is no pre-mine of HNT, and every month approximately 5,000,000 new HNT are minted.

At the end of each mining period, roughly every 30 to 60 mins, HNT is distributed according to the allocation shown:

Token Allocation

HNT distribution over time

The distribution of HNT changes over time to align incentives with the needs of the network.

In the early days, a higher proportion of HNT is allocated to Hotspot owners for building and securing coverage.

As the network grows, Hotspots earn more for transferring device data on the network while Helium Inc. and investors earn less. After 20 years, distributions no longer adjust and remain fixed.

Token Allocation

Data Credits

Data Credits are the only payment accepted to send data over the Helium network.

Data Credits allow users to transfer bytes of data via Helium LongFi and use for blockchain transaction fees. The price of Data Credits is fixed in USD (1 Data Credit = $0.00001). Like pre-paid cellphone minutes or airline miles, Data Credits are non-transferrable, and can only be used by their original owner.

To acquire Data Credits, network users convert HNT or obtain them from an HNT owner. Any HNT converted to Data Credits is permanently removed (“burned”) from the circulating supply.

Helium Tokens are created by removing Heliums from circulation

Note: Transfer conversion rate shown is purely illustrative and does not reflect real world market rates.