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Light Hotspots status: January, 2022

What is a Light Hotspot?

Light Hotspots are the evolution of how LoRaWAN gateways will interact with the Helium blockchain. Since the genesis block, the Helium blockchain has run entirely on the physical Hotspot itself. As the blockchain network grows, each Hotspot running a full node undergoes increasing load and are starting to fall out of sync due to the higher compute requirements.

To mitigate this, the Hotspot’s consensus work has been moved off of physical Hotspots and onto Validators as of July 8, 2021. This simplifies the architecture and enables us to grow the Network exponentially while keeping blocktimes and epochs stable.

As all approved Hotspots transition to a Light Hotspot architecture, we also introduce a new type of Hotspot known as Data Only Hotspots, activated as of July 20, 2021, to satisfy the increasing demand and continue to expand network coverage.

Weekly status:  January, 2022 HQ location HIP19 Application Received DeWi KYC/B Regulatory Certification Complete
Smart Harvest Canada TRUE TRUE FCC/ISED PENDING
SEEED/ SenseCAP China TRUE TRUE CE/FCC PENDING
Tektelic Light Gateway Canada TRUE TRUE CE/FCC pending (Jan. 2022)
Nebra Light  TRUE TRUE FCC, CE, UKCA, IC / ISED, MIC, SRRC, WPC, RCM, EAC PENDING
Dragino Light Hotspot China TRUE TRUE CE/FCC/TELEC ALL PENDING
Polyhex – BoHM A TRUE TRUE FALSE
Polyhex – BoHM B  (alt security) TRUE TRUE FALSE
HeNet B.V. / LongAP Netherlands TRUE TRUE FALSE
Browan Light Hotspot Taiwan TRUE TRUE FALSE
Bobcat/ EasyLinkin alt security implementation, Light Hotspot China TRUE TRUE FALSE
Miromico AG Switzerland TRUE TRUE FALSE
Systems4U Portugal TRUE TRUE FALSE
HeNet B.V. / LongAP (alt security) Netherlands TRUE TRUE FALSE
OxTech (indoor) TRUE TRUE FALSE
Midas TRUE TRUE FALSE
omSquare – Light TRUE TRUE FALSE
Kerlink – Light  TRUE TRUE FALSE
Pisces – Light (Indoor) TRUE TRUE FALSE
EDA Technology – Light TRUE TRUE FALSE
COTX – Light Hotspot TRUE TRUE FALSE
OPTION – Light (Indoor/Outdoor)  TRUE TRUE FALSE
RisingHF – RHF2S027 (Light/Indoor) TRUE TRUE FALSE
Chengdu Glacier Cloud Storage Technology – Light  TRUE FALSE FALSE
The official GitHub Helium Status Tracker:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pOmrMV_oiF0FtR1NOX_pqykKOBsb_QghiNkTlF644DU/edit#gid=1880339342 Status key
  • Draft: HIP is in process of being written; author is not yet soliciting feedback from the community at large
  • In Discussion: HIP is under active consideration by the community
  • Approved: HIP has been approved by rough consensus, and pending development and testing
  • Deployed: Code to implement HIP has been merged and deployed to the network
  • Closed: HIP abandoned, rendered obsolete by other changes, or otherwise withdrawn by the author

Architecture

Light Hotspots

Light Hotspot Properties

When the Light Hotspot Client is fully developed and in production (which will happen with the completion of Milestone 4 detailed below) they will satisfy the following properties:
  • A Hotspot on the Helium network that, via Validators, can participate in PoC beacons and witnesses, and forwards data packets;
  • Does not store a copy of the Blockchain, eliminating synchronization;
  • Does not create challenges (relies on Validators to create challenges on their behalf);
  • Does not participate in Consensus Groups (relies on Validators for block production);
  • Will no longer depend on libp2p or “gossip”, and instead use gRPC, a new framework to communicate between distributed systems;
  • Will be eligible to earn $HNT (see table below)
In other words, the client will allow the Hotspot to participate as a Full Hotspot, without the extra overhead of maintaining a local copy of the blockchain.