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Helium Blockchain is an open-source blockchain platform built from scratch specially designed for IoT devices that uses nodes as Hotspots to connect wireless devices to the networks. We are a leading Blockchain Development Company having gained experience by working with industry leaders over different platforms. Our team of Helium experts has a proven track record of building interactive dApps for IoT over Helium. Looking forward to taking leverage of Helium protocol by building robust dApps?

The practical application of blockchain outside of digital currency has always been a goal that blockchain practitioners have been exploring. In recent years, due to the rapid development of IoT (knowledge IoT devices) and its natural distribution features, the combination of blockchain and IoT in security and edge computing has attracted a lot of attention and exploration in academia and industry. Helium is a new cryptocurrency but it is already at the peak of popularity. The platform is looking to build a new internet service of sorts using tech, radio waves, and employs blockchain technology to create a new internet. Cryptocurrency is also becoming a part of many financial portfolios and a compulsory thing for many Millennial and Gen investors.

An example of a combination of blockchain and the Internet of Things that we would like to introduce to you is a decentralized wireless network infrastructure called Helium. If you knew about native cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Doge, Ethereum, and Shiba Inu, now you can add another to the list called Helium, or HNT. Helium is a global network comprised of Hotspots that produce long-range wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT devices. Operators if these Hotspots are compensated in HNT, or Helium's native cryptocurrency. Helium blockchains make up what is referred to as the People's Network, and the blockchain is public and open-source and was created to incentivize physical, decentralized wireless networks. There are several different ways you can take advantage of the Helium network.

Helium Crypto (HNT) is a blockchain and cryptocurrency designed specifically to enable the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Users can be rewarded by connecting the device or confirming the information on the website.

The goal of the development was to create a peer-to-peer wireless connection that would make it easy for anyone who wants to run it to connect to the Internet without compromising.

Helium has raised equity funding from some of the most prominent Venture Capital (VC) firms in the world including Khosla Ventures, FirstMark Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), HSB/MunichRe Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Multicoin Capital, and others.

Sophisticated devices for managing thousands, strong connections, and plugs are now available on the system. As a result, it is one of the best-performing distributed systems available.

Blockchain has also enabled the decentralization of many things, including the decentralization of cellular connections, which is very significant.

It's called the helium network and it's expanding rapidly. It can be a way to mine cryptocurrencies for all users without having to host an overcrowded and energy-intensive infrastructure. It promises to be flexible and affordable, with millions of devices, detectors, layers attached, and motherboards getting thousands of wireless capabilities a year.

If some of this sounds intriguing, let's take a closer look at the internal workings of the helium network.

What is The Helium Network?

Helium is a decentralized wireless network, a distributed hotspot network, but not a new type of network that wants to compete with 3G / 4G and WIFI (but the Helium development team is exploring the 5G field). Helium is based on the LoRaWAN protocol (a low-level Internet of Things communication network). Helium supports devices that use the LoRaWAN protocol, but smartphones and laptops do not support this protocol. More generally, Helium is a blockchain implementation of the LoRaWAN protocol. The key is to add an incentive level to an IoT network (at the moment, this is similar to the relationship between Filcoin and IPFS). Now a time decentralized wireless networks are very popular.

A New Model for the Network Age

The rapid, organic growth of the People's Network shows that the model of user-owned infrastructure and blockchain integration has great potential in the wireless industry. For cryptocurrencies, this is a no-brainer that resonates with the philosophy of decentralization that helps build the crypto industry and create good economic sense. But for all of the above reasons, it also has a strong appeal to the business people who inherit it, who see it as a cheaper, more powerful, and more efficient way to build hardware and software networks. For end-users, Helium is a form of financial empowerment that more evenly distributes the revenue generated through day-to-day interactions - the revenue that was previously accumulated in giant, centralized corporations. With that in mind, it seems that as we create new businesses for the network age, others will explore how Helium's user-owned models can offer these benefits in other cases.

Technology

Helium relies on a proof-of-coverage where hotspots confirm their location according to their GPS coordinates and other Helium hotspots regularly challenge to prove their location. The position of the transmitter can be verified by knowing where, when, and how strongly a signal was received. Hotspots are constantly challenged by the Helium blockchain to prove their coverage, and they carry a score that floats dynamically between 0.0 and 1. The score represents the network's confidence in their position derived from those challenges and thus the quality of their Helium wireless coverage

Consensus has been reached using the Helium Consensus Protocol. It works with the best evidence of coverage for the next period from selected members of the previous era who then run a distributed key generator to bootstrap their threshold encryption key. Each member accepts the transaction until there is a certain amount in their queue, then encrypts the threshold with the public key and gossips the encrypted data around. Once members share their proposed transactions, all thresholds are decrypted where they cannot be censored. Transactions get copied, invalids removed, and the valid transactions merged into a new block. The block is followed by a threshold signature. Members attempting to censor the transaction will end up with a separate block than the honest node and thus their signature share will not be valid.

For coverage, Helium uses LongFi, an open-source protocol in the sub-GHz frequency band. Any device using LongFi can transmit a message within the coverage area of ​​the Helium network and relay its message to a web server for a fee.

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Helium Origin Story

Helium was founded in 2013 by Amir Halim, a champion video gamer, and Napster celebrity Shawn Fanning to create a huge wireless connection like a mobile network, but at low cost, and low power with bandwidth and sensing capabilities.

The two founders predicted that tiny sensors would one day be installed in millions of gadgets, including thermometers, smoke detectors, kitchen appliances, inventory trackers, and even dogs, which was another reality long before modern things.

The concept of Aamir and Shawn has finally become a wireless network of millions of points by 2014. These hotspots can communicate with other hotspots in their vicinity, such as transmitters extending a Wi-Fi device into the home, creating a decentralized communication system. So instead of just focusing on the company's cell phone tower.

The idea of ​​a decentralized network began to gain traction in Cuba, where locals felt increasingly frustrated with the poor and overpriced broadband Internet in the state telecom industry. Citizens created a spontaneous street network, later known as SNET, sponsored by an extensive network of individuals who establish and operate wireless application protocols from their homes and flats on the island, with their own workplace culture.

That was in Cuba; This was in the United States, where Internet access was already cheap and fast. How else would Helium persuade people to set up hotspots, leaving them much smaller on large windows or roofs where they would get total exposure if it wanted to cover SNET's wireless channel, a US equivalent? This is because of the cheap internet access.

There were a few more false beginnings for the founders of Helium, but the extra time worked to their advantage. By 2016, their prediction will come true: the Internet requires an ecosystem of handheld computers. Scooter. E-bikes. Sprinkler system for lawn. The Internet of Things has become a reality.

HELIUM IS THE WORLD’S FASTEST-GROWING WIRELESS NETWORK EVERA New Model for the Network Age

Helium, the fastest-growing crowdsource network for the IoT, has worked with Mapbox to create a completely new Explorer map, used by both hotspot owners and network users. Explorer Map contains a hex grid of network availability over a world map. Each hex shape has several hotspots in that hex. Since all data is stored in the blockchain, you can view statistics on every single hotspot in the network, including earnings, activity, and other nearby hotspots.

With thousands of Helium hotspots set up in homes and buildings around the world, a clear and simple way to visualize the Helium network is needed. They have used Mapbox Studio to provide a blue shade effect to match Helium's design language, with intricate transparency and overlapping colors to showcase the award scale system. They have used Mapbox GL JS and Maps SDKs for mobile to quickly render Helium Explorer maps for both web and mobile.

The new Explorer map supports Helium's community-driven approach to creating an IoT network, making Helium one of the fastest-growing wireless networks in the world. Helium is fast becoming the standard for companies and customers in need of affordable connectivity for IoT devices.

The paradigm shift in Helium technology is a blockchain-based network that allows anyone to set up a hotspot and expand the Helium network. Hotspot owners don't have to worry about GPUs for Helium network mining. Instead, they can buy a simple device for their home or office and earn a new cryptocurrency: HNT.

Hundreds of companies and thousands of developers are already connecting their IoT sensors to the Helium network. Existing sensors, devices, and gateways can be easily configured to run longfie, a powerful combination of LoRaWAN and blockchain technology. As a result, these companies can expand their operations economically because there are no expensive cell deals and pricing is often an order of magnitude lower than traditional wireless networks.

Helium is the fastest growing and ubiquitous LoRaWAN network in the world. LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) enables long-range transmission with low power consumption. The LoRaWAN device also has geolocation capabilities. The combination of terrain and long-range transmission creates an incredible opportunity to use all kinds of sensors and tracking.

How Helium works

The core of the Helium network is the LoRaWAN communication network, and an incentive layer has been created for it through blockchain. And POC (proof of coverage) proves by consent that HotSpot (a wireless router based on LoRaWAN, like the WiFi protocol) provides network coverage. The miners who provide evidence are selected in a consensus group for each of the 30 blocks and accept the transactions submitted by other miners and pack their blocks.

The action of Helium is roughly shown in the figure above. Users or miners are connected to the network via hotspots, these hotspots are connected to local gateways via the WHIP protocol, which is connected to local gateways, and HotSpot sends data to all gateways, which adds data to the Helium. The blockchain, and then the route sends data, and the device that sends the data pays a fee to the network.

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The Helium Blockchain

As we said before, Helium itself is like an IoT project with an incentive layer, so the main role of blockchain in Helium is to ensure rights and then incentives, that is, to ensure Helium's blockchain module (using Poc Consensus). The network on which HotSpot provides services within its range and then rewards HNT tokens for devices operating on these networks. At present blockchain technology has come a long-range wireless coverage. Blockchain technologies are currently very advanced.

For ordinary miners, you only need to purchase HotSpot that meets the requirements, and then follow certain steps to install and configure, then HotSpot can be added to the helium network, and then HotSpot will automatically provide coverage for the wireless network, data Will send, and then receive the reward. Helium officially provides the network components of the Helium console for easy handling of your device. Ecosystem Console updates are here! Start using the network today. People-Powered Networks. Start a Wireless Revolution Powered by the Helium Blockchain, The People's Network represents a paradigm shift for decentralized wireless infrastructure. My Stake Use Latest News 5G Carrier DISH First Major Carrier to Deploy Helium 5G Roaming Partner Actility and Helium Announce Roaming Integration Roaming Announcement Announcing Helium Roaming Partnership with Senet Smart City San José First City to Launch on "The People's Network The Network is Live The People's Network is the world's fastest-growing".

PoC (Proof of Coverage)

The consensus algorithm used by the Helium network is called PoC, which is a variant of the HoneyBadger BFT algorithm. It is particularly important to note that this is not an abbreviated form of another famous proof of the capacity consensus algorithm.

The key to Helium's PoC consensus is to prove that hotspots work where they are claimed. This consensus algorithm using radio frequency (radio frequency) has its characteristics, meaning that the RF signal is inversely proportional to the physical distance to produce power proof. Formerly google ventures were not so good.

Every 360 blocks of time, a role called Challenger in the Helium network (the specific role shown in the figure) creates a data packet called "PoC Challenge" through the P2P network and randomly challenges a role. The whole process, called a transmitter, is based on the principle of cryptography, a more intuitive process is shown in the figure below (the two clouds in the figure represent the same network, the composition is separated).

Dual token structure

Helium adopts a dual-token structure, and the HNT mentioned above is issued as a blockchain reward. Another type of DC (data credit) is used to pay for network traffic. Currently, 1DC = 00 0.00001 is anchored at US.

Application scenario

The scenario of the use of Helium is not entirely based on the general public. It's a lot like the example of the Industrial Internet of Things. In its official description, Helium keeps an eye on pet tracking and smart medicine bottles. Tushar Jain, president of the DeWi Alliance, said in an interview that Helium provides services for smart water meters, air quality testing, and other wide-area situations. Of course, due to its decentralized nature, everyone can participate in the mining process by purchasing hotspot equipment.

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Pros and cons of Helium

The benefits of Helium are naturally self-evident. The built-in LoRaWAN is a low-power, wide-coverage wireless network protocol widely used in IoT networks.

The disadvantage is the security of the Internet of Things network. A single sensor on a network is often the easiest to be hacked by hackers, as deploying a large number of low-cost sensors often does not have adequate security precautions. This is the specific security issue that Helium officials are further developing its network.

Exploring the Helium Ecosystem

From education and Covid-19 contact tracing to Internet-of-Things (IoT) pest control and water metering solutions, Helium has merged with many businesses and corporations. In addition, Helium Ecosystem expands with various partnerships to expand its services to HNT tokens and Helium hotspots. These services include; Helium Network Toolkit, Hotspot Chat, Network Analysis, and a Hotspot Optimizer, among many others. Also, Helium Ecosystem offers a variety of stacking services to token holders. These include Helium Rising, a verification pool. Alternatively, users can try using the automated Helium stacking service to make passive income with crypto in HNT tokens.

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We are a blockchain development company with experience beyond ads. Our team of developers is seasoned in the development and review of the codes. We provide professional Helium development services including the following.

Creating Nodes

Our blockchain experts create fully functional and reliable nodes for public and private blockchain networks, ensuring that they follow a consensual consensus approach.

Wallet development

Our blockchain experts have all the technical skills needed to create a blockchain wallet app. Helium wallets allow you to store a variety of currencies and digital assets and allow you to view your balance and keep track of your transactions.

Smart contract development

We offer smart contract creation services to support a variety of DApps. For Helium blockchain networks, smart contracts that comply with the Helium network use the Solidarity programming language. We help our clients do smart contract architecture, auditing, provisioning, and developing and executing.

Development of DApps

For companies that use the Helium platform, our blockchain experts specialize in creating enterprise-grade blockchain apps (DApps). Out blockchain specialists ensure all about this.

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Conclusion

In our opinion, Helium is a project that focuses on the Internet of Things and blockchain is icing on the cake (Helium has evolved from a pure Internet of Things project into a blockchain Internet of Things project in 2018). From a technical point of view, Helium, as a distributed hotspot network, is in line with the development trend of the Internet of Things industry, especially in terms of building smart cities that require large and low power consumption. It has some possibilities and a place to imagine.

Helium is also thinking ahead to achieve a combination of the Internet of Things and blockchain. However, we think those who are interested in Helium should focus on the IoT part of Helium. Looking at the whole project, it seems that the role of blockchain in it is a bit tasteless. What we mean is that Helium has not applied its power to the security of the Internet of Things like the traditional blockchain + IoT, but only as a guarantee of an incentive process. However, not everything needs to be decentralized. It seems that Helium, as a centralized and distributed product, will further develop the industry in the field of the Internet of Things.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer smart contract creation services to support a variety of DApps. For Helium blockchain networks, smart contracts that comply with the Helium network use the Solidarity programming language. We help our clients do smart contract architecture, auditing, provisioning, and developing and executing.

Helium is an open-source blockchain network designed to power a wide-area wireless networking system and incentivize the creation of decentralized, public wireless networks. Helium functions upon its own Blockchain, which is built from scratch and functions over a new novel algorithm called Proof-of-Coverage (PoC) to achieve consensus.

Helium was launched in 2019 as a Blockchain network that would leverage a decentralized global network of Hotspots like the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and long-term to connect anything to the internet. It has its own native token by the name of HNT, which is offered to operators as an incentive for providing coverage and transferring data on the Helium Network.

Yes, Helium is an open-source blockchain network designed to power a wide-area wireless networking system that its founders originally tried to build. Helium was launched in 2019 as a Blockchain network that would leverage a decentralized global network of Hotspots like the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and long-term to connect anything to the internet.

Helium incentivizes its operators by offering them HNT, which is the native token of the Helium network for providing coverage and transferring data on the Network. Helium Blockchain functions upon the new novel algorithm called Proof-of-Coverage (PoC) to achieve consensus.

Helium owes its origin in 2013, when Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey decided to build a long-range, peer-to-peer wireless network that can transmit data at a fraction of the cost of a cellular network. Helium hotspot is an IoT service, where anyone can own and operate a wireless network and the operators are incentivized in form of HNT tokens. These HNT tokens are just like any other cryptocurrency that can be brought up and sold at any cryptocurrency exchange and the more a hotspot is used the more HNT is generated. Helium hotspots functions upon an open-source LongFi architecture, which combines the LoRaWAN wireless protocol and the Helium Blockchain network to provide connectivity 200 times farther than a traditional Wi-Fi.

Helium network’s HNT is been backed by Google Ventures (GV) which plans to build the first decentralized wireless network for connecting devices to the internet. Apart from that, the Dish Network is the first major carrier to use the Helium Network’s blockchain-based incentive model. Also, Dish network becomes the first subscription-based TV provider to accept the currency for its services.

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