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Introducing the Helium Network

Posted by Mark Phillips on Apr 6, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Helium and Semtech recently announced that the Helium Network is one of the largest, public LoRaWAN networks in the United States. On the heels of this, we want to properly introduce the Helium Network to LoRa® Developer Portal users, and put together a few tutorials and deep dives to ensure this community can quickly take advantage of Helium for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

This post will be the first of several on the LoRa Developer Portal introducing you to the Helium Network. In subsequent posts we’ll cover deploying a new device; building a complete application with an off-the-shelf sensor, the Helium Network in general, and a major Cloud provider. Next, we’ll take an in-depth look at the decentralized nature of the Helium Network and how we are rethinking the standard LoRaWAN® architecture. Today, however, just want to introduce ourselves and focus on the high-level pieces.

A Developer-Focused Network with Enterprise-grade Capabilities

“The ability to focus on innovation quickly in our devices knowing that the transit of messages is secure lets us continue to work on this effort without a large team. Helium provides the right mix of low power, high security, and robust coverage in urban locations that we'll need to grow this program further.”

-- Jay Langust, Senior Application Architect at Salesforce

If you’re reading this, you’re likely one of the hundreds of thousands of developers, architects, CxOs, and line-of-business executives that see LoRaWAN as the solution to a sensor-based problem you have. The Helium Network, and our tooling and the features we’re building, are designed to appeal to all you.

Our goal is to bridge the gap and deliver a network that both satisfies enterprise needs while maintaining a deep commitment to building best-in-class developer tools. Some of what we’re working on (and have already released) includes:

  • The Helium Console
  • A fully-featured CLI for provisioning the deployment of devices and applications
  • Support for any LoRaWAN v1.0.2 device (with 1.0.3 and 1.1 on the horizon)
  • Features like Labels that make building application-level logic flexible and logical
  • Complete, Simple Integrations with AWS IoT, MyDevices, HTTP and MQTT endpoints, and (soon) much more.
  • Full API support for all parts of the Network
  • Device diagnostic tooling that optimizes LoRaWAN configurations and firmware before they are deployed.

We’re also making pricing simple and transparent. Every single feature of the Network is available for one price: $.00001 per 24-byte packet (payload) sent or received. That’s it.

And nearly everything we do is open source under friendly licensing. We’re committed to being open and transparent, and if you want to contribute code, or deploy some or all of the Helium Network on your own, we’re all for it.

Join the Helium Network. Now.

In the next post, we’ll do a full walk through of onboarding an Arduino-based development board to the Helium Network. Until then, here’s what you can (and should) do to get involved now:

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Topics: LoRa, LoRa Developers, Internet of Things, LoRaWAN Deployment