Democratizing Blockchain and the IoT. In space.
How it works.
Helios Wire’s IoT-blockchain system is built on a space-based infrastructure — delivering two-way global connectivity using 30 MHz of priority mobile satellite system (MSS), S-band spectrum. Ownership of this amount and type of spectrum is unprecedented, and allows for ultra-low-cost, short-burst data services using cost-sensitive, connected assets and devices that don’t require high bandwidth.
Our unique spectrum.
Our spectrum allows us to track and monitor up to 5 billion remote transmitters, worldwide, using sophisticated, extremely low-cost, state-of-the-art, miniaturized and multifunctional tags and technology. The S-band frequency allows for minimal antenna size and simplified system design at a lower cost, giving us significant flexibility in the overall design of the system.
Tiny, powerful transmitters.
Credit-card sized transmitters will collect information like location, infrastructure reliability, crop health, asset elevation, and virtually any other digital information. That information is then relayed to the Helios satellite constellation.
The Helios tracking devices and system is designed to connect remote assets, with particular application for the logistics, transportation, fleet monitoring, oil and gas, and insurance industries.
The Helios data platform will allow users to extract their data, analyze it, and derive real, actionable information from it. Information is most valuable when it is fast and relevant. The Helios M2M system will provide that.
Helios is focused on enabling the Internet of Things and M2M for industries and people and markets that up to now haven’t been able to take advantage of global monitoring, tracking, and monitoring.
The Helios constellation.
The Helios satellites will orbit Earth along different orbital planes, picking up signals from ground-based transmitters, which then relay data to antennas on the ground.
From there, the data is uploaded to a cloud-based analytics platform, allowing users to gain better insights and make better decisions. Beginning this year, the Helios satellites will begin launching in a phased approach over several years.
Combining IoT with Blockchain: An Easy Pairing.
All tags, sensors, and trackers connect with access points, and each access point is relatively similar to a blockchain node. And it’s these access points that allow for the blockchain transition.
Both nodes and standard access points are small computers housing storage, computing power, electricity, and are connected. And with small modifications — more storage, more power — those standard access points can be designed to double as blockchain nodes.
In remote parts of the world, only five or six access points are required to provide coverage to five or six miles. Those nodes will be able to provide space-based backups to the blockchain, allowing for better security, longevity, and jurisdictional freedom.
“IoT is transcending the hype cycle, changing lives and delivering tangible and measurable benefits to consumers and businesses alike. Innovation, productivity and value will continue to thrive as adoption increases.” - Verizon Enterprise