Helium provides secure, reliable, and most importantly easy-to-use ways to get your own collection of devices hooked up with the Internet of Things. Their devices and services make it easy to integrate with your favorite platform - everything from Arduino to embedded Linux. They also introduce the simple abstraction of ‘Channels’ to connect devices to cloud services (including Twilio). Helium speeds up your deployment time while baking in best practices from the start.
Cellular Connectivity Powered by Twilio Programmable Wireless
The Helium Element Access Point is powered by Twilio's Programmable Wireless. After registering your Element with Helium, you will connect to the cellular network. Once registered to your Helium account, the Element will automatically go online if cellular connectivity is available. There is no requirement for adding a SIM to the Twilio Console or inserting a SIM in the Element.
Using Helium and Twilio is perfect for your smart farm application. The Element Gateway contains the higher powered Cellular antenna, as well as lower powered sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz 802.15.4 wireless radios to talk to the leaf sensors. You can greatly scale up the number of sensors and nodes before needing to add more gateways on the backend.
Register Your Device with Helium
Today we’ll be using a Helium Element Access Point and Helium Atom Prototyping Module for our agricultural monitoring. Before you are able to link your devices to Twilio, you will need to set up an account with Helium, register your devices, and create a ‘Channel’.
- Create an account and log in to Helium’s Dashboard.
- Register your Helium Atom Prototyping Module by clicking the Blue plus (‘+’) sign next to Atoms, as shown above. Helium will walk you through the process.
- Register your Element by clicking the Purple plus (‘+’) sign next to Elements. Again, Helium will walk you through the process.