“Our collaboration with the Helium Network demonstrates Senet’s commitment to leading through a combination of innovation and partnerships,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “Helium created a unique and complementary business model for deploying LoRaWAN networks and the combination of extended network coverage and the potential economic incentive of HNT puts Senet and the Helium Network in a leading position to move the market a step closer to pervasive low power wide area network coverage for IoT applications throughout the United States.”
In today’s wireless landscape, there are a large number of public and private LoRaWAN networks that exist and serve many customers, but that wireless landscape is also extremely fragmented. With Helium’s global reach of over 188,000 Hotspots deployed in over 16,000 cities and 128 countries, the Network sees a large amount of traffic from these other wireless networks. However, despite the fact this traffic is from compatible LoRa devices, it’s dropped because those devices have not been on-boarded onto the Helium Network. In fact, over 95 percent of the traffic seen on the Network is non-Helium traffic.
What if that non-Helium traffic did not get dropped, but was instead picked up by the Helium Network and transferred to other LoRaWAN networks? Not only would usage on the Helium Network increase exponentially, but the networks receiving their traffic would gain a number of benefits without having to increase upfront costs or deploy any additional hardware infrastructure. This is where roaming comes in.
LoRaWAN roaming enables different networks across various countries and regions to combine their coverage zones, providing more connectivity to LoRa end devices. Roaming on LoRa networks can be utilized not only by mobile devices, such as location sensors or asset tracking end devices, but also by fixed, stationary devices, such as water level sensors, smoke detectors, and more.
Roaming on the Helium Network most closely resembles what is known as “passive roaming”. A roaming partnership with Helium such as Senet’s allows devices and sensors to send traffic through a Helium-compatible Hotspot, without requiring any device configurations or firmware updates.
More technical details about LoRaWAN roaming on Helium can be found here.