Semtech and Helium Expand LoRaWAN Network Deployments

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Semtech and Helium Expand LoRaWAN Network Deployments

LoRaWAN Network Deployments: Semiconductor-supplier Semtech announced plans to expand its existing collaboration with Helium. The latter company has built one of the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless networks based on Semtech’s LoRa protocol.

Helium’s LoRaWAN network infrastructure is currently considered one of the fastest growing of its kind. It already reaches more than 1,000 cities in North America and is expanding to Europe. The strategic partnership of the two companies was announced earlier this year.

Helium has seen incredible growth on its network as a result of its partnership with Semtech and the introduction of the Helium Blockchain as an incentive model to the LoRaWAN community,

said Amir Haleem, Helium’s CEO and Co-founder.

As we continue to expand the network across North America and in Europe, we hope to foster the growth of the ecosystem and make new technologies and solutions available to developers, industries and ultimately, consumers.

LoRaWAN Network Deployments: Helium Hotspot

Helium’s network is powered by a device named “Helium Hotspot”. It enables consumers to own and operate a LoRa-based wireless network for IoT-usage. When connected to a nearby Hotspot, devices may simultaneously mine cryptocurrency and provide LoRaWAN network coverage for hundreds of square miles. Combining Semtech’s LoRa devices with Helium’s distributed, open-sourced approach to building a ubiquitous network allows the simplified deployment of applications across large areas, currently in North America and Europe. After the start of the collaboration, more than 10,000 Helium Hotspots have been sold within six months.

Featuring a community of more than 8,000 software developers in the LoRa ecosystem, the network is currently available to connect up to hundreds of millions of compatible LoRa-based devices. Among the IoT solution providers utilizing Helium’s network infrastructure, are Digital Matter, Conserv, Smart Mimic, and Agulus.
Helium also entered a strategic alliance with Cal-Chip Connected Devices. The companies president TJ Rancour, said:

Semtech delivers the technology, Helium delivers the network and Cal-Chip delivers the devices. Cal-Chip has the infrastructure and technical ‘know-how’ to present solutions in an easy-to-understand manner, leading to an exceptional customer experience. By leveraging our logistics, customer service and technical proficiencies, Cal-Chip Connected Devices is enabling efficient user-friendly distribution of Semtech and Helium devices to a mass consumer market.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Helium

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