Helium, a blockchain-based wireless IoT network, expands to Europe

Helium, a wireless peer-to-peer network, or P2P, with crypto technology, announced its expansion to Europe after its launch in North America.

According to a June 18 announcement shared with Cointelegraph, Helium will begin shipping its network connection points to Europe in July.

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The announcement also points out that the company has just launched Helium Tabs. Helium Tabs are devices that take advantage of the decentralized network for monitoring purposes. According to the official website, they have a battery life of more than 6 months.

The hotspots are low-power wireless access points accessible from up to 10 miles away and nodes in the Helium block chain. Node operation is rewarded with the company’s Helium tokens (HNT). The nodes are also accessible via Internet of Things devices, or IoTs, which comply with the LoRaWAN low-power wireless telecommunications standard.

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The network is designed to allow the IoT devices to access a wireless network. It also acts as a gateway to the Internet and requires very little power consumption by the device. The devices on the network can also send transactions through the Helium block chain.

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The network already has over 4,255 access points, most of which are within the United States. According to the announcement, the Helium network currently covers more than 700,000 miles in North America in 1,000 cities. It is worth noting that the company launched its wireless network nodes about a year ago, in mid-June 2019.

In particular, Helium’s CEO and co-founder, Amir Haleem, previously founded the internet-based P2P file sharing software, Napster. The access granted software was a widely used file sharing network launched in 1999, after which legal actions by music recording companies accusing Napster of facilitating copyright infringement caused the service to be shut down in 2001.