Picturing a Helium Network Map can help you understand how Helium works. A decentralized network of hotspots, spanning the globe, providing blockchain-secured wireless coverage to IoT devices and soon, people. It sounds like a massive infrastructure project, but it’s really quite simple. It starts with people like you hosting a low-energy radio technology Helium hotspot.
Whether you’re new to Helium or a seasoned miner, it’s great to refresh yourself on the physical structure of the network, especially to understand how Helium can continue growing.
In today’s blog we will:
- Re-introduce the basics about the Helium network
- Explain the Helium Network’s physical structure
- Explain the role of Emrit and the CoolSpot in the expansion and growth of the Helium Network
The Helium Network
Helium is “The People’s Network.” Driven by the Helium blockchain and decentralized infrastructure, it provides low-power network coverage to billions of devices that need a connection to transmit data between one another.
In its current form, the Helium network is an IoT network. IoT stands for Internet of Things, an internet between non-human interfaces and devices. A smart home, designed around communication between sensors, is a great example of a very simple IoT setup.
Helium is groundbreaking for more than one reason: it’s not only a cost-effective alternative to traditional wireless coverage. It’s also more secure. Devices or network users that tap into the Helium network to transmit data between one another are guaranteed secure information exchange and immutability, thanks to blockchain technology.
The good news is that nothing needs to change in established infrastructure to allow sensors, devices, or other solutions to tap into Helium’s “LongFi” network. A Blockchain-secured network is being built in the world around us at this very moment.
A Map of Helium
A hotspot is a simple device. It puts out a signal for LoRaWan devices, passes data on the Helium network, all while validating the network’s ledger. How can something as simple as that form a network?
Picture a grid, without a single central node, but many nodes spanning all around the globe. That’s what the Helium network looks like. The nodes are all helium hotspots. Hotspot owners can earn data credits (HNT), simply by plugging in their hotspot and having it perform a proof-of-coverage consensus mechanism with other hotspots. Together with nearby hotspots, your hotspots build the Helium network.
With new hotspots connecting around the world every day, the network is becoming stronger and more useful everywhere. Become a Helium miner today, earn HNT passively, and contributed to the next generation of digital infrastructure.
Helium’s Distributed Politics
Beyond its many functional uses, the Helium network also embodies the very best of what next-generation digital infrastructure can be. Governed by an open alliance and built on open-source technology, it makes use of already existing technology to reduce cost and raise efficiency in network coverage.
Blockchain technology demands a people-centered approach. With a network like Helium, centralized, profiteering cell coverage may soon be competitively challenged by a people-powered alternative. At Emrit, we are driving that change.
Helium relies on distributed infrastructure. By connecting an access node to your power and home network, you provide coverage for the Helium network to your local area. Companies like Emrit work to get that infrastructure out to people – in a subsidized, profit-sharing way.
Emrit’s Offer: Split the Cost, Share the Profit
Emrit is a distributed blockchain infrastructure company. We aim to build the physical infrastructure of the next generation of the internet, all while creating income opportunities for consumers and businesses through cryptocurrency mining.
Emrit has quickly become a leading deployer of Helium in the world. That amazing development has been fueled by our CoolSpot devices, which have reached hundreds of Emritans around the world. The CoolSpot is a standard hotspot that plugs into your power (using only the equivalent energy of a 5W lightbulb) and connects to your home WiFi.
These CoolSpots are wired to split the earnings between Emrit and yourself. In return, Emrit subsidizes half the cost of your expensive miner. We all stand to gain. And while Helium mining won’t remain our only significant infrastructure project, the Helium network will continue growing with Emrit – and you alongside it.
The Power of a Decentralized Coverage Map
Helium mining is at the core of Emrit’s first phase of growth. That’s partly because our company’s goals coincide urgently with the infrastructure needs of a system like Helium. By getting subsidized hardware out to individuals all over the world, we are physically laying the groundwork for the expansion of the Helium network.
We are proud to contribute to the growth of the Helium network because it captures the very best of what blockchain technology can do: provide people-driven alternatives to profit-based, centralized networks.
And the Helium network continues to grow and evolve. The IoT compatibility points to further potential for decentralized coverage. Home networks could eventually be used to give coverage to human users as well. All that and more is what we could be working towards in the future.
In this blog, we:
- Reviewed the basics about the Helium network
- Explained how the network is physically built, using hotspots and a decentralized blockchain system
- Explained the role of Emrit and the CoolSpot in the successful growth of Helium
To get started on your own Helium mining journey (and start earning HNT passively), explore our website and join the ranks of our global Emritans today! Together, we can capitalize on the opportunities of the next digital age.