The first quarter of 2021 blazed by and the Console team has been on a tear adding new features and functionality.
The key updates made in Q1 of 2021 are:
- Open Source
- Regional Expansion
- More Integrations
- Better Events
- Visualize Flows (beta)
We announced the release of Console as open source. Releasing Console and its related components under the Apache 2.0 license moves the Helium Network toward full decentralization and accelerates usage.
More details in the blog here.
What do these regions have in common?
In the first quarter, in addition to Australia (AU915) and China (CN470), we added support for frequencies AS1 (AS920–923) and AS2 (AS923–925) that many Asian countries use.
Perfect timing as hardware manufacturers building Hotspots are shipping to China and other parts of Asia.
Console integrations are divided into two: pre-built or custom (HTTP, MQTT). Pre-built allows Console users to configure integrations with a few clicks.
These IoT platforms provide many options for users to visualize and manage their device data once received from Console.
Check the Helium YouTube channel for The Uplink videos highlighting integrations.
While not the flashiest update, events are one of the most common heavily trafficked areas on Console. And with good reason; events provide users critical information about their devices and device connectivity.
We created a new foundation for event structure so we can continue to improve upon the information we provide including additional LoRaWAN MAC command details.
We started down a path to make it easier to visualize relationships among Console items.
User feedback provided deeper insights on how we can make Console even better/simpler for users to start using the network and laid the foundation for our current Console 2.0 work.
While Q1 was fun, the team isn’t slowing down and is hard at work adding more features and functionality. Details of releases and the team’s upcoming focus are posted here.