Helium Tackles the Connectivity Problem in IoT

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

Helium announced the launch of its latest wireless network product suite, a comprehensive low-power, long-range solution for IoT devices. The new offering streamlines the ability to prototype, deploy, and scale a long-range network that connects thousands of end devices, with the intent to give companies a simple way to intelligently and securely deliver data from device to the cloud and application layer.

Securely capturing and transmitting data from the hardware to the application layer is highly problematic for most organizations, who are faced with the challenges of configuring, securing and managing massive numbers of devices.

Automating device management and updates through a central dashboard
As companies continue to build and scale their IoT deployments, it becomes especially crucial that they ensure full control and management of their operations. Helium’s offering is designed to allow companies to manage and update their systems from a central console, the Helium Dashboard, eliminating the need to visit every sensor in the field - a common challenge of remote field monitoring. Helium Dashboard also serves as a central point for Helium Channels, the setup and integration of the cloud applications and data stores used to assess and take action on these physical data.

A new economic model for deploying, managing and scaling IoT networks
According to the press release, Helium will simplify everything that goes into purchasing, deploying, and managing a long-range, low-power IoT solution, up-ending the traditional carrier-based model, which often does not provide reliable coverage where it is needed. Its products are designed to work out of the box with all existing sensor hardware and a wide range of IoT cloud applications with little-to-no configuration. With hardware as low as $19 per Helium Atom module, $29 per Element Access Point, and a simple $1.99 per month per installed Atom with no usage or data fees, Helium eliminates upcharges and most add-on costs. Helium's open standards are designed to ensure that it will support IoT hardware and software regardless of the IoT technology companies are using today or in the future.

Key features include:

  • Zero configuration for simple installation and setup at scale

  • Compatibility across hundreds of hardware providers

  • Extremely long range connectivity, on the order of many city-blocks in dense urban applications and hundreds of square miles in sparse rural settings

  • IEEE standards-based hardware for maximum flexibility for changing business demands with no proprietary lock-in

  • Hardware-based security to ensure data is encrypted and devices authenticated, end to end

  • Over-the-air updating and bi-directional communication to provide future-proofing, up-to-date software and further protection from security risks

  • Helium Channels provide interoperability with all major cloud solution providers, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS IoT, and Google Cloud Platform IoT Core

  • Full visibility and management enabled by Helium Dashboard


Keywords: IoT Devices, Remote Field Monitoring, Hardware-Based Security, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS IoT, ARC Advisory Group.

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