I started this blog years ago with the hope that I might be able to achieve something positive with my posts over time. I have published countless articles about IT, electronics, books and much more. All topics that concern me in my everyday life. I have not stopped striving for excellence, questioning the status quo and making the most of my existence. I have shared my findings here.
The reason why I am a big supporter of IT and digitization, why I work as a developer and IT consultant is because I am convinced that with advancing automation and digitization you can increase prosperity for everyone. Earning money in the form of revenue or a salary is not and has never been my primary goal. However, the prerequisite for working on prosperity is the protection of innocent lives.
For the past two months, there has been indescribable suffering in the Middle East and I have been evaluating how I can contribute to end this suffering. I have come to the conclusion that my contribution is shockingly small or even that I am indirectly supporting the suffering. The time has come for me to pull the handbrake and reorient my actions.
My blog posts have become fewer. That doesn’t mean that I’m inactive. It just means that I’m pursuing other activities that I think are more important. The greatest strength I have is my unwavering optimism in the most difficult times. I will not stop fighting for the values I stand for. For peace, for the protection of innocent lives, for justice and against oppression.
However, for the past three weeks, I have been working on incorporating the revenues from the hotspots into the integration. I managed to do this astonishingly well, and now this functionality has been released along with other functionalities.
As a home automation enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for new ways to improve my smart home experience. With my involvement in Helium and its applications in IOT, I decided to create a new Helium integration for Home Assistant to help users like myself gain better insights into their Helium ecosystem and stay updated on crucial metrics.
My open-source project focuses on offering a comprehensive solution for real-time monitoring of HNT, IOT, and MOBILE prices, as well as tracking wallet and hotspot statistics. The integration is designed to be user-friendly and accessible to everyone, making it easy for Home Assistant users to keep an eye on their Helium investments and performance, and respond to market changes more effectively.
To get started, visit the GitHub repository and follow the detailed instructions provided. I am excited to see how this integration can help you make the most of your Helium investments and elevate your Home Assistant setup.
The Helium Network recently migrated to the Solana Ecosystem, a strategic move aimed at building a “network of networks.” This network already encompasses LoRaWAN (also known as “IoT”) and CBRS (also known as “MOBILE”), with plans to incorporate more networks in the future. However, this migration has resulted in some changes, one of the most significant being the governance structure.
Before the migration, Helium Vote was utilized for decision-making, with users required to “burn” Data Credits to participate. After the migration, Solana Governance Realms are employed – an existing infrastructure used in numerous other projects. This shift presents an opportunity for Helium stakeholders to learn about staking, the economics of staking, and to engage in the decision-making process.
In this blog post, we will delve into the Helium Network’s staking system and the economics of staking. Furthermore, I will provide a Stakers Analysis, examining the data and offering insights into how staking influences the network’s economics and governance.
For this circuit, I have also built a suitable housing and written the software to operate the whole thing in a power-saving mode with batteries and LoRaWAN.
This is part one of a three-part series. In part 1, we dive into the fascinating world of hardware and circuits to create a working prototype. Part 2 is about getting the weather station software up and running and seeing the first data in the Helium Console. In part 3, we will develop a housing for the whole thing and display the data in a smart home dashboard.
This post is about the Helium Network, a decentralized, blockchain-based solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) that relies on LoRaWAN technology. The Helium Network enables IoT devices to connect to each other in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner, while offering incentives in the form of cryptocurrency, called Helium Network Tokens (HNT), for those who participate in the network as miners. I will share my experiences with Helium mining and deploying IoT devices on the network, discuss business models and use cases for different players, and compare to other LoRaWAN networks such as The Things Network (TTN). If you’re interested in IoT, cryptocurrencies, or decentralized technologies, this is the place for you!
Home automation, monitoring and control requires a user interface that is easy to use. There are numerous commercial solutions for this.
If you have high requirements for data security and privacy, a self-hosted smart home solution is the way to go. I tried a few open-source solutions and ended up happy with “Home Assistant”. In this post I want to explain how to get a minimal instance of Home Assistant, MQTT, Certbot and Nginx Proxy up and running with Docker Compose.
I’ve been interested in having my own solar panels on the balcony for a while. I have so much unused space. Due to the energy crisis, bureaucratic hurdles in Germany for balcony power plants were removed. The stars were right and I took this opportunity to become a little more self-sufficient.