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14 June 2023 / by Steven Hegenderfer

Why Choose the Helium Network for IoT Solutions

The Helium Network is a platform for systems integrators and other who want to get LoRaWAN® -based IoT solutions to market quickly without investing in a lot of infrastructure.

And how can you, an aspiring solutions developer or systems integrator, take advantage of it?  We will guide you through how to leverage the platform in our four-part Hands-on Lab, How to Quickly Deploy Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions on the Helium LoRaWAN Network.

Understanding the Helium Network

So what is the Helium Network?

The Helium Network is a decentralized wireless network that allows IoT devices to communicate with each other and the internet without the need for traditional cellular or Wi-Fi networks. With low-cost, long-range connectivity powered by a network of hotspots, the Helium Network can offer good network coverage and reliability for IoT applications. Built on blockchain technology, the network is secure and incentivizes individuals and businesses to contribute to the network's growth and maintenance by earning cryptocurrency rewards for hosting hotspots. Whether you're a developer looking to create IoT applications or a business seeking to streamline operations, the Helium Network might the perfect solution for affordable and reliable connectivity.

Guiding You Through the Helium IoT Deployment Process

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This guide will walk you not only through the important fundamentals of the Helium Network, such as Helium digital wallets and tools to determine existing Helium network coverage but will walk you through the steps required to create and deploy your first Helium solution.

The Four Major Sections of the Hands-on Lab

The lab consists of four major areas:
  • The Helium Network overview and basics
  • On-boarding and deploying your first device
  • Expanding on your knowledge to create a basic Smart Building monitoring solution
  • An introduction to LoRaWAN asset tracking using the Helium Network

Hands-On-Labs for LoRaWANIn the first section, you will learn about the Helium network and how it works with LoRaWAN devices and the IoT.  In the on-boarding section, you will learn how to add devices to the Helium network, and how to create an IoT dashboard to deploy commercially viable solutions.  In the final section, you will use the Helium network to create a simple asset tracking application using off-the-shelf components.


The sensors used are off-the-shelf, inexpensive LoRaWAN sensors that you can purchase online.  These sensors will form the basis of the solutions that you will create.
We will even walk you through creating dashboards with free, online tools provided by Tago.IO so that you understand how a complete solution might be created.

Outcome of the Hands-On Lab: Your Own Smart Office Solution!

After you have completed the lab, you will not only understand the basics of the Helium Network, but you will also have created your own working Smart Office solution.

In conclusion, the Helium network is an option for IoT solutions that require broad area coverage that is easily scalable to new locations. By combining the Helium network with off-the-shelf LoRaWAN sensors and asset trackers through the TagoIO platform, developers can create customizable, commercially scalable solutions for a wide range of IoT use cases. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Start learning today!


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Topics: LoRa, LoRa Developers, Internet of Things, LoRaWAN

Written by Steven Hegenderfer


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