Digital Matter and Helium Announce Partnership to Simplify Asset Tracking via Nationwide Peer-to-Peer IoT Network
Digital Matter’s long-life battery-powered GPS tracking devices now fully integrated with The People’s Network; enabling simple and affordable asset tracking applications.
Atlanta, Georgia – (August 4, 2020) – Digital Matter, a global leader in GPS and IoT hardware development, today announced a partnership with Helium, the company behind one of the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless networks. Through the partnership, the companies will now work together to enable Digital Matter’s portfolio of GPS and IoT tracking devices that work for a range of applications to be fully integrated on Helium’s IoT Network, The People’s Network.
Digital Matter’s LoRaWAN® GPS and IoT devices can now use Helium’s peer-to-peer wireless network, powered by the Helium Hotspot, a new hardware device that enables anyone to own and operate a wireless network for IoT. When connected with other nearby Hotspots, this acts as the backbone of the network, often referred to as The People’s Network.
Helium originated from a dire need: affordable network connectivity. With Helium’s own open-sourced blockchain technology, individuals are incentivized to deploy Hotspots, which simultaneously mine cryptocurrency and provide LoRaWAN® network coverage for hundreds of square miles. Hotspots are the size of a small router (6-inch x 6-inch x 1.5-inch) and easily plug into a home network, providing affordable wireless connectivity for location tracking and theft recovery applications, such as tracking and monitoring vehicles, equipment, trailers, bicycles, livestock and pets, and more.
“Partnering with Helium helped to dissolve many of the technical and financial barriers encountered when setting up LPWA networks for asset tracking applications,” said Matthew Hofmeyr, Vice President, Sales North America, Digital Matter. “With Helium, we now have a reliable and secure, out-of-the-box connectivity solution that our channel partners, businesses and consumers can deploy quickly and easily, substantially accelerating time to market.”
“We have been a fan of Digital Matter’s GPS and IoT devices for some time and are thrilled to align with them,” said Amir Haleem, Helium’s CEO and co-founder. “Partnering with Digital Matter was a logical next step for Helium, and we are looking forward to working together in years to come.
With Helium, users can customize Digital Matter devices to fit unique applications, with settings such as how often the device reports location, accelerometer and movement parameters, after-hours alerts, and more easily configurable over the air.
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Co-founded by Shawn Fanning and Amir Haleem in 2013, Helium is building the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network to simplify connecting devices to the internet by rewarding anyone to become a network operator. CEO Amir Haleem comes from an extensive background in triple-A video games. Helium is backed by GV (formerly Google Ventures), Khosla Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Multicoin Capital, FirstMark, Marc Benioff, Shawn Fanning and other top VCs. The network is live in more than 1,000 cities throughout North America and Europe. More information can be found at helium.com.