We Started With You
Helium was founded in 2013 by Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey, with a mission to make it easier to build connected devices.
In order to build the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network, Helium has gathered a team with a diverse, yet complementary, skillset within radio and hardware, manufacturing, distributed systems, peer-to-peer and blockchain technologies.
The Helium Blockchain is a new blockchain built from the ground up to incentivize the creation of decentralized, public wireless networks.
Hotspots create The People’s Network, a long-range wireless coverage for very low power and inexpensive IoT devices and are rewarded $HNT for doing so.
Community, Governance, & Open Source
Helium’s decentralized ‘People’s Network’ relies on a community of supporters, developers and advisors.
Helium is a global, distributed network of Hotspots that create public, long-range wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT devices. Hotspots produce and are compensated in HNT, the native cryptocurrency of the Helium blockchain. The Helium blockchain is a new, open source, public blockchain created entirely to incentivize the creation of physical, decentralized wireless networks. Today, the Helium blockchain, and its hundreds of thousands of Hotspots, provide access to the largest LoRaWAN Network in the world.
This documentation provides details on the technology that underpins Helium, as well as how to mine HNT, and how to deploy IoT devices that use the Helium Network. Start your journey below.
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