Built from the ground up, the Helium Blockchain provides a new way to incent and reward anyone to participate in building a network and providing coverage. The Helium Blockchain enables a two-sided marketplace and microtransactions which allows machines to autonomously connect to any decentralized machine network without a third-party trust intermediary.
Helium's blockchain technology is explained by Andrew Thompson – VP, Engineering
Innovative Proof-of-Coverage and Proof-of-Serialization protocols verify time and location of network coverage provided by gateway operators. The combination of these proofs continually verify the integrity of the network and help enable machine geolocation capabilities.
The Helium mining process is energy efficient and uses radio waves to provide proof instead of computation. It's also resistant to pooling and gives all miners a fair probability of being rewarded, regardless of where they are located.
With a blockchain and utility token, machines and gateways participate in a two-sided network economy. The blockchain enables thousands of trustless microtransactions per second, and rewards gateways providing network coverage in real time.
Real world data including location and time from each machine transaction is added to the blockchain. These transactions become permanent records which can be fully audited.
Transform physical devices into connected machines without the complexity or cost. Helium’s wireless network infrastructure makes it easy to build highly reliable, secure connected machines with new radio technology that supports long range (miles), extended battery life (years), and bi-directional capability (including OTA updates).
The firmware and hardware schematics are open source and publicly available to anyone.
Thousands of machines can automatically connect and transact over several square miles to a single gateway. Gateway owners can earn tokens for providing wireless coverage.
Capturing and sending data from your connected machine to the Internet becomes plug-and-play with the Helium Module. The module contains a radio chip and has been designed to effortlessly integrate with sensors to easily connect to the Helium network.
A new Helium Wireless Protocol (WHIP) designed to be long-range, smart, and fully encrypted. Machines using WHIP can connect to Gateways over miles and last for years on a single battery.
Expand the number of possible use cases with native geolocation capabilities. This geolocation capability is built into the network, provides highly accurate location data in near real time, and eliminates the need for expensive GPS chips that drain battery life.
Future-proof projects with open-source software that works out of the box to provision and manage machines, route traffic, and connect to public or private clouds in minutes. In addition, anyone can leverage openly available software, firmware or schematics to customize for their specific needs with well-documented APIs and a robust SDK toolkit.
With the Helium Router, users can easily choose where to send machine data with pre-built, secure connections to private or public clouds. Payment for connection and data transfer services as well as authenticating machines that join the network is also handled by the router.
Visualize and manage connected machines on the network with the Helium Console. The console provides real-time visibility of your deployments and makes it easy to provision, and manage machines at scale.
The Helium Wallet provides the interface for users to store and manage their earned tokens. In addition, the wallet allows users to see and configure information related to mining and transactions.
As part of its open-source approach, Helium provides and maintains well-documented APIs and SDK toolkits free of charge. Developers can leverage code samples, reference development guides, and use software libraries to accelerate any custom projects.
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