The network, powered by The Helium Foundation and SkyNet IoT, is designed to improve connectivity across the maritime sector

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 8, 2024

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A wireless, blockchain-powered network is being rolled out in South Florida, as part of a new project to connect the region’s coasts and harbors.

As part of the project Helium Network, said to be the world’s first blockchain-powered wireless network, is integrating with Dutch roaming provider SkyNet IoT to expand connectivity services in South Florida.

SkyNet IoT has a particular focus on providing connectivity for the maritime sector and the partnership is positioned to help Helium broaden its reach from terrestrial to maritime areas. It is also hoped to advance technological and economic growth in South Florida, with key sectors including agriculture and maritime safety.

“We are thrilled SkyNet IoT is integrating to roam on Helium to connect the unconnected regions across the world,” said Abhay Kumar, Helium’s CEO. “The permissionless, ubiquitous, and affordable nature of the Helium Network has lowered the barriers to entry, empowering more businesses and ultimately, consumers, to benefit from IoT solutions and the products they enable.”

The partners plan to install several hundred data-transmitting sensors across South Florida this year.

Sensors fitted onboard marine vessels will provide real-time intelligence on conditions such as water detection, tank contents, vibrations, temperature and gas levels.

“The synergy of SkyNet IoT and the Helium Network strengthens our position as leaders in advancing IoT connectivity on a global scale,” said Remy De Jong, SkyNet IoT’s founder. “We are building much-needed wireless infrastructure along the major coasts and harbors to gather real-time intelligence that ensures the safety of the people who live and work in these areas.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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