On the supply side, so far, at the time of writing this, there are over 4K+ full nodes on the network via Helium Hotspots and that number is growing by the day with thousands more on track to being deployed this summer. Community members have also built their own tools and resources to help others track and manage Hotspots, from Sitebot to Mylar, and many others.
On the demand side, we are actively working with enterprise customers deploying devices on the network, from large conglomerates like Nestle to Birmingham Alabama based startup, Conserv. Not to mention, we’ve also seen our developer community rise in numbers and building devices of their own, such as a cool smart chicken coop project by developer and Helium Patron, Joey Hiller. While there are many different vertical markets that can use this new IoT wireless network created by the people, there are obvious applications in the supply chain industry, asset tracking, agtech, smart building, and most recently, contact tracing due to COVID-19. Helium experienced incredible demand in these areas and have been very active during shelter-in-place to help enterprise customers find ways to automate tasks and provide more safety measures for essential workers during these difficult times.
Progress towards decentralization.
Helium has been a huge proponent for open source. We use as much open source and off the shelf technology as possible. Our goal is to make creating, using, building, and scaling on the Helium network as easy as possible. In order for Helium built technology to be available and open for all, it has to become independent of Helium over time. As such, Helium is supporting the efforts of the Decentralized Wireless Alliance (DeWi.org).
DeWi is providing independent governance around key functions of the Helium blockchain. They will make it easy for any manufacturer to build Helium mining equipment. Education and promotion of the Helium blockchain as an underlying incentive model to promote decentralized wireless networks is critical for the future of the technology. Finally, providing grants to encourage innovation and use cases leveraging the Helium network will help the network thrive independently of Helium Inc. Our hope is that this approach will allow the Helium network to survive and thrive well into the future.
Certainty during uncertain times
Helium is maniacal and unwavering by our mission to build a global network for IoT devices. We believe the only possible way to do this is together with the people. This is not a network that will be successful with a single owner or operator. We are convinced that individuals, communities, and entrepreneurs, together will build, operate, and grow the network across the globe.
In these times of uncertainty with COVID-19, and social injustice and unrest, Helium is certain in our belief that a people owned network will scale and benefit all involved in the ecosystem. Our goal is to create an ecosystem that is accessible to everyone. Low cost, available, censorship-resistant, and secure.
We hope the type of innovation and inspiration we’ve seen already in such a short period of time over the past year continues as we expand into new regions and make the impossible use cases possible with a network built and owned by the people.
Join the movement. #ThePeoplesNetwork