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The network is powered by compatible hotspots which are a combination of the Helium blockchain and LoRaWAN packet routing software on a single, compact LoRaWAN gateway.
Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Kerlink has announced three of its IoT gateways are now compatible with Helium’s peer-to-peer wireless LoRaWAN network while enabling the mining of its native cryptocurrency.
Called the “People’s Network”, and launched by Helium, the global, distributed network provides public, long-range and low-power wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT sensors and devices.
This capability leverages Helium’s LongFi architecture that combines the LoRaWAN wireless protocol with the Helium blockchain so that any LoRaWAN device can transfer data on the Helium 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.
Targeting low-power sensors and devices such as animal collars and bicycle trackers, among many others, the network is powered by compatible hotspots. Hotspots are a combination of the Helium blockchain and LoRaWAN packet routing software on a single, compact LoRaWAN gateway. According to Helium, this enables customers to easily participate in the deployment of its coverage and use the open LoRa-based wireless IoT networks.
“Proof of coverage helps ensure the algorithm can verify that the hotspots are accurately representing their location and delivering the expected wireless network coverage they are creating”
When connected to a nearby hotspot, a “proof of coverage” is delivered that validates gateway real availability, as well as its related coverage. This confirmation simultaneously triggers the generation of Helium’s native cryptocurrency, Helium Network Token (HNT), using the gateway-embedded miner, granting coverage for hundreds of square miles throughout the community.
“Embedding a Helium network-miner-compatible software within our gateway portfolio is another step toward diversification of Kerlink’s equipment possibilities and shows how our ongoing investment in R&D enables the company to respond quickly to evolving applications and innovative uses of LoRaWAN networks,” said Yannick Delibie, president and CEO of Kerlink Americas.
“Our ability to integrate new features like Helium’s blockchain technology called ‘proof of coverage’ helps ensure the algorithm can verify that the hotspots are accurately representing their location and delivering the expected wireless network coverage they are creating.”
Kerlink Wirnet iSeries references will be the first carrier-grade LoRaWAN gateways embedding the miner software. Kerlink has already received the HIP19 approval making it one of the few hotspot manufacturers or “approved makers” by the Helium community and the DeWi (Decentralised Wireless Alliance) to produce and distribute compatible miners to the network, it claims.
The open source blockchain was introduced to incentivise and accelerate the creation of physical, decentralised and public wireless networks. Helium’s website reports there are already more than 25,000 hotspots in nearly 3,600 cities.
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