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Helium Starts Selling IoT Hotspots in US

June 13, 2019 / DAN JONES

Startup Helium has started to sell its peer-to-peer IoT hotspot in the US -- at $495 a pop -- to track things such as smart dog leashes, scooters and more.The hotspot uses the low-bandwidth, open source "LongFi" protocol to connect to IoT devices, reaching up to 200 times farther than WiFi. This means that only 50 to 100 hotspots are needed to provide coverage for an entire city, the company claims.Helium is first launching its hotspots in Austin, Texas. It intends to start shipping nationwide in the US in the fourth quarter of 2019. "Hotspot quantity is limited, due to manufacturing lead times, so get in now to be among the first," the company says on its website