The internet of things is growing by leaps and bounds, and more and more devices are being connected to the internet every day. This trend is only going to continue, as IoT devices become more and more common.
What happens when there aren’t enough wireless networks to support all of these devices? That’s where the Helium wireless network comes in. It is a global, decentralized network that can support millions of IoT devices with fast connections. Keep reading to learn how it works and why you should care!
The Helium Network
The Helium network is a decentralized global wireless internet that offers fast and affordable connections for the IoT. It currently covers 500,000 hotspots around the world, including coverage in almost every major city – making it one of fastest growing networks around.
Imagine being able to connect your car, home security system or smart appliance with just one click. The Helium network does this by providing an affordable way for people who own these devices (like IoT) and those looking into purchasing them in future – such as businesses seeking new technologies-to link up without spending too much money on connectivity solutions.
Anyone can use the Helium network, but it’s mostly used by companies like Lime (which has tracked its scooters using this technology) and Victor mousetraps. More than 500 thousand hot spots are currently in operation across North America; thousands more get added every day!
Trends in the IoT
As this new generation widebody system gains momentum with more people adopting its services each day. The IoT is growing fast, but the infrastructure behind it has not kept up. Helium aims to change that with their decentralized wireless network for IoT devices. Other trends in IoT include:
- Integrated blockchain into processes
- Business practices are optimized
- Managed healthcare
LoRaWAN and IoT Devices
The LoRaWAN specification is a low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network architecture that was designed to connect battery-operated ‘things’ to the internet wirelessly. Working in regional, national or global networks, it targets critical requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, and mobility.
Many of these IoT devices need to be connected to the internet, but there is not enough bandwidth available to support them all. That’s where Helium comes in. Their global decentralized network can handle millions of IoT devices without breaking a sweat.
How it Works
The Helium IoT network uses a new kind of blockchain called “proof-of-coverage”. This allows for IoT devices to be connected through a decentralized wireless network that is built on top of the Helium blockchain.
The IoT devices connect to nearby hotspots, which relay information back and forth between them. Many manufacturers and vendors, such as HeliumMart, are embracing this decentralized system by selling the devices and services necessary for it to work.
The IoT and the Helium network are transforming the way we connect to devices around us. IoT is a trend that’s here to stay, and Helium is at the forefront of this revolution. The IoT will continue growing in popularity as more people realize how convenient it can be for them or their business needs.