Helium, the fastest growing crowdsourced network for IoT, worked with Mapbox to create an entirely new Explorer map, used by both the hotspot owners and network users. The Explorer map has a hex grid of Network availability overlaid on top of a world map. Each hex shape has a number of Hotspots contained within that hex. Since all data is stored in the blockchain, you can see the statistics for every single Hotspot on the Network including earnings, activity, and other nearby Hotspots.
With hundreds of thousands of Helium Hotspots placed in homes and buildings all around the world, Helium needed a clean and easy way to visualize the network. They used Mapbox Studio to provide the blue shading effect to match Helium’s design language, with complex transparencies and overlapping hues to display the reward scale system. They used Mapbox GL JS and Maps SDKs for Mobile to render the Helium Explorer map quickly on both web and mobile.
The new Explorer Maps supports Helium’s community-driven approach to building an IoT network, which has made Helium the world’s fastest-growing wireless network ever. Helium is quickly becoming the standard for companies and consumers with the need for affordable connectivity for IoT devices.
The paradigm shift in Helium’s tech is a blockchain-based network that allows anyone to set up a Hotspot and expand the Helium Network. Hotspot owners don’t have to mess with GPUs in order to mine the Helium Network. Instead, they can purchase a simple device for their home or office and earn a new cryptocurrency: HNT.
Hundreds of companies and thousands of developers are already connecting their IoT sensors to the Helium Network. Existing sensors, devices and gateways can be easily configured to run LongFi — a powerful blend of LoRaWAN and blockchain technologies. As a result, these companies are able to affordably scale their operations up because there are no expensive cell contracts and the pricing is often an order of magnitude cheaper than traditional wireless networks.
Helium is the fastest-growing and most ubiquitous LoRaWAN network in the world. LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) enables long-range transmissions with low power consumption. LoRaWAN devices also have geolocation capabilities. The combination of geolocation and long range transmission creates an incredible opportunity for all types of sensor and tracking use cases: