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Wireless Hitchhiker’s Guide to Deploying LoraWAN Hotspots on the Helium Network

July 21, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 3:00 pm PDT


The WCA presents:
Jul 21, 2022 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Deploying Hotspots on the Helium Network


About this event:

The Helium.com network has redefined the definition of a wireless “Carrier”. In this case, the Carrier happens to be a global decentralized network of over 850K+ lorawan hotspots (https://explorer.helium.com/ ), all deployed by individuals who have set their hearts set on mining for HNT crypto-currency, being part of a grassroots IoT network, or perhaps a little bit of both!

As with any wireless setup, getting the best possible RF signal means understanding your radio equipment. In part 2 of our Helium series, the WCA has a panel of industry leaders to discuss how to optimize the deployment of Helium LoRaWAN gateways.

We’ll cover topics such as:

● Antenna gain does matter – the physics and theory of antenna types.
● A manufacturer’s insight into building a Helium Miner – what makes for a good LoraWAN radio?
● Deploying Helium in rural areas: No power or internet – No problem!
● Why is the Helium network ideal for IoT?
● How does IoT contribute to my HNT earnings?

If you already own a Helium hotspot or thinking about joining the network, join us to hear from our panel of experts to discuss this global movement!

Moderator and Panelists Bio:

Moderator – Andy Do
President at Embedded Works / SensorWorks

Andy Do is the Founder and President of Embedded Works, a wireless technology distributor since 2004, now turned IoT solutions integrator. Mr. Do has over 20 years of wireless industry experience, with an emphasis in the areas of GPS, WiFi, Cellular, and LPWAN solutions. He has launched several IoT brands focused on GPS telematics and Wireless Sensors. Prior to founding Embedded Works, he has held engineering and management positions at Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Proxim, and Avnet..

Bob (Robert) Kressin
President & CEO, KS Technologies, LLC

President and Co-Founder of KS Technologies, LLC, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.KS Technologies engineers hardware accessories, mobile applications, and Cloud-based solutions for both ourselves and our clients. We have expertise in wireless technology development (LoRaWAN, Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi, ZigBee, NFC, UWB) wired development (USB, Ethernet, Apple Lightning), mobile operating system app development (iOS, Android), Embedded Systems (FreeRTOS, Zephyr, Debian, Yocto), and Cloud-based algorithms and applications (AWS and Azure).

Patrick Frank
Principal RF Engineer – Taoglas USA, Inc.

Patrick Frank is a Principal RF Engineer with Taoglas in Minneapolis. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has over 10 years of design and test experience in the M2M/IoT industry, including antennas, RF, EMC, analog, digital, and power in industries as broad as agriculture, industrial, commercial, consumer, automotive, aerospace, and medical. Before joining Taoglas, Patrick worked at Spectrum Design Solutions at Digi International. At Taoglas, he specializes in GNSS, Cellular/LTE, millimeter-wave, and Smart Antennas.

Victor Li
Sales Engineer – Nova Labs


Victor Li is a Sales Engineer at Nova Labs, the founding company behind the Helium Network. Prior to joining Nova Labs, Victor graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in EECS and minors in statistics and industrial engineering. Victor has interned at AWS IoT Wireless as a software engineer and NASA Quantum AI Lab as a student researcher.

Rutvik Patel
Sales Engineer – Nova Labs


Rutvik Patel is a Sales Engineer at Nova Labs. He is pursuing a Master’s in IoT at Northeastern University. He holds a bachelor’s in ECE from BVM Engineering College, India. He has worked on wireless technologies like ZigBee, BLE and LoRaWAN. He has also co-founded an IoT based drone startup.

Brian Gill
Technical Sales Manager – Embedded Works Corp


Specialties: Business Development and Sales in the Wireless M2M/ IoT business unit. Experience in the LPWAN, WWAN/WLAN and Cellular connectivity space including hardware and network expertise. Embedded Works was early to embrace the benefits of the LoRa technology which will be driving many new wireless applications for IoT.

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