Helium in 2019: Can it Create a Community of Believers?

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By Jamie Moss | 1Q 2019 | IN-5394


You, Too, Can Be an IoT Service Provider


Helium is a decentralized Internet of Things (IoT) Radio Access Network (RAN). It provides a public service, built from crowd-sourced infrastructure, that is purchased, deployed, and run by private individuals. Anyone can install a Helium “gateway,” which is equivalent to a base station. Nearby gateways authenticate the presence, location, and, ergo, coverage of one another. The pool of gateways within range of end-points needing to transmit data (designated by Helium as “machines”) will bid for that business, while the owners of the machines will specify the maximum amount of money that they are willing to pay. Machine data is received by “routers,” which are cloud-based IoT applications owned by the operators of the machines. The routers confirm the receipt of the data, thereby authorizing a payment to the owner of the serving gateway.

The first Helium gateways are due for deployment in the United States early 2019. They are branded as “Helium Hotspots” and will be available directly from Helium Systems Inc…

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