Now, let's get into some Helium Foundation news!
A New Helium Bridge Helps Solve Lower-Powered Sensor Connection Problems.
In April of 2023, Helium community members Nik Hawks and Dirk Beers set out to "bridge the gap" between many lower-powered sensors that transmit small signals at shorter distances vs. higher-powered sensors that operate on the Helium LoRaWAN Network.
Using a grant from the Helium Foundation, the team developed a circuit board product that integrates with other sensors and enables the reading of data from those devices using LoRaWAN technology, allowing it to re-broadcast onto the Helium LoRaWAN Network.
This innovative device opens the door to thousands of new sensor types that can now easily onboard onto the Helium ecosystem. Sensor types include weather stations, soil moisture sensors, air quality monitors, tire pressure sensors, people counters, traffic counters, parking sensors, or any number of different sensors. The ability to bridge over information adds a ton of potential value to the Helium ecosystem.
Learn more about the project on Youtube
The Helium Foundation accepts applications from builders in the ecosystem and provides opportunities to connect with our capital partners. If you have an innovative idea, please get in touch with us at [email protected].
Helium and the Solana Ecosystem
The Helium community approved a migration to the Solana blockchain last year. The migration successfully took place in April 2023.
The Solana migration provided the Network with several immediate benefits, including no longer needing to run the Helium blockchain and having to scale block production and transaction processing.
Other benefits allowed immediate composability with the Solana ecosystem, including native support of existing wallets, token support on centralized and decentralized platforms, and integration with a rich ecosystem of applications in addition to unlimited access of the valuable Solana developer community.
The Helium Network has since moved hundreds of thousands of Hotspots and wallets to the Solana blockchain, an incredible feat! Since then, over 150k wallets in total have interacted with Solana program. These wallets have done everything from adding Hotspots to the network, moving their locations, claiming rewards for providing coverage, redeeming tokens through treasuries, and participating in governance on the Network.
The collaboration between Helium wallets interacting with Solana projects has expanded this quarter, to include DeFi protocols, wallet and multi-sig tools, governance tools, and the broad NFT ecosystem, which are all being engaged with and embraced by Helium community members.
Website and App Store Updates
The Helium Foundation website now features a Press Page, with all the latest news and media features. Additionally, the development of a Use Cases page is underway to provide more insights into real-world applications of the Helium network. You can see the new page live now.
Release of Helium HNT Wallet v2.2.2
The release of Helium HNT Wallet version v2.2.2 was a significant stride towards refining the user experience, particularly for individuals managing a large number of Hotspots. A notable enhancement of this release was the markedly accelerated "claim all" functionality, addressing a substantial challenge previously encountered by users with extensive Hotspot holdings. Additionally, this version rectified minor bugs that were experienced during word entry in the wallet import process, thereby enhancing the overall operational smoothness.
The protocol has seen large updates over Q3, the largest of which was the implementation of HIP-88. This enabled the protocol to track onboarding fees paid on a per-hotspot basis. Not only did this improve tracking for the Active Devices(`A`) portion of the SubNetwork utility scores; it also allows onboarding fees to be changed over time. These fees can also be different across devices, within the same SubNetwork. This can be seen with the onboarding pricing of Wi-Fi hotspots vs CBRS hotspots in the MOBILE SubNetwork.
Security.txt has been added to all Helium smart contracts, as well as using Verifiable Builds. Verifiable builds allow anyone to confirm that the contracts on Solana mainnet-beta match the contracts in our Open-Source github.
Q3 also saw the updating of the protocol contracts to Anchor 28 and Solana 1.16.
Data Only Hotspots
The creation of new Data Only IOT hotspots are now supported on the network. This can be done using the new helium wallet CLI. These hotspots can then be managed via the Helium Wallet App.
The protocol team has created and deployed a new set of smart contracts to manage Helium governance. While realms/spl-governance has served us well, it lacks several capabilities necessary for Helium. This includes requirements like multiple choice voting, and helium's quorum settings. The new modular governance takes advantage of the old helium-vote user interface, bringing back a familiar voting style to the community.
MOBILE Carrier and Manufacturer Staking
The MOBILE staking requirements for manufacturers have been implemented. These are now required going forward.
Manufacturing Compliance Committee Update
The Manufacturing Compliance Committee (MCC) voted in favor of granting Nova Labs a provisional maker key for their WiFi Hotspot intended for use on the MOBILE sub-network. This decision marks a significant milestone as Nova Labs becomes the first WiFi maker for the MOBILE Network.
This development underscores the ongoing collaboration between the MCC and the Foundation to refine and expand the Maker audit process, ensuring it remains robust and scalable to accommodate the growing ecosystem.
Helium Ecosystem Education
In our ongoing effort to keep the Helium community informed, engaged, and motivated, we've launched and nurtured several impactful communication channels and campaigns over the past quarter. Here's an in-depth look at our initiatives from the third quarter:
1. Monthly Newsletter - As an additional channel of communication, the Helium Foundation launched "Helium Packets" in Q3 2023. This monthly publication serves as a comprehensive digest, detailing recent developments, emerging projects, resources, and upcoming events pertaining to the Helium Network. As of this report, we have successfully disseminated three editions, each underlining our commitment to providing stakeholders with timely insights.
2. Blogposts & Educational Resources - In alignment with our strategy to reinforce Helium's standing as a thought leader in the field, we've commissioned a variety of articles and educational materials. These publications, accessible via our official channels, cater to a wide audience, ranging from Helium Network novices to seasoned ecosystem participants. The primary goal is to elucidate the network's capabilities and its potential for enterprise applications. Blog.
3. Press Announcements - During Q3, significant announcements marked our expansion and presence in the world's largest decentralized network.
4. Multimedia - To complement written content and cater to the diverse content consumption preferences of Network's stakeholders, we released a curated series of informative videos.
- Voting on HIPs using the Helium Wallet App and your IoT and MOBILE tokens.
- SenseCAP T1000, a Card Size LoRaWAN GPS Tracker for Seamless INDOOR & OUTDOOR Positioning.