Kerlinkhas announced that three of its IoT gateways will now support Helium’s peer-to-peer LoRaWAN network and the mining of its native cryptocurrency.The three IoT gateways – the indoor WirnetiFemtoCell and WirnetiFemtoCell-evolution, and the outdoor WirnetiStation, now support “The People’s Network.”It is a global, distributed network launched by Helium that provides long-range and low-power wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT sensors and devices.
As per the explanation on Helium’s website, “In typical LoRaWAN networks, a central or regional LNS (LoRaWAN Network Server) is managed by a single entity. Helium’s design for a decentralized network, however, means not only do we want gateways to be independently owned and operated, but we want to enable the independent operation of the LNS. Without this, access to the network would require permission from a single central entity, the LNS operator of the network.”
The network’s hotspots combine the Helium Blockchain with LoRaWAN packet routing software to provide connectivity for low-power devices and sensors such as bicycle trackers. The Kerlink’s gateways will now also support the mining of Helium’s native cryptocurrency, the HNT Token (HNT).
“Embedding a Helium Network-miner-compatible software within our gateway portfolio is another step toward diversification of Kerlink’s equipment possibilities and shows how our ongoing investment in R&D enables the company to respond quickly to evolving applications and innovative uses of LoRaWAN networks,” said YannickDelibie, President and CEO of Kerlink Americas.
Kerlink’sWirnetiSeriesis the first carrier-grade LoRaWAN gateways to embed the miner software. It has already received the HIP19 approval from Helium’s community and the DeWi (Decentralized Wireless Alliance), which designates it as an approved manufacturer.Helium has over 25,000 hotspots live in almost 3,600 cities and rapidly increasing.