About Helium, LoRaWAN, and IoT at Block’23

On Saturday, April 16 the Block’23 conference took place at Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czechia.

It was its second year, again with the support of Zlín region. A smaller, but pleasant event with various blockchain and crypto topics.

As a part of the program, we were given an opportunity to advocate Helium LoRaWAN network, explain DePIN, and present innovative IoT solutions in different areas.

Helium and IoT in action on academic ground

On academic ground of the university we wanted to present by showcasing in practice how Helium network can easily be used almost anywhere, even in a funnier way than usual.

There is nothing better than seeing it in action. That’s why we deployed several sensors inside and outside the university building:

– a sound level sensor inside the conference room
– a temperature and humidity sensor in the university hallway
– a presence detection sensor in a men’s toilet cabin to monitor no. of visits & occupancy
– a temperature and humidity sensor outside, on the wall next to the entry doors
– and one in the workshop room to monitor CO2

Sound level sensor on the wall in conference room of FaME UTB Zlín
temperature and humidity sensor on the wall in conference room of FaME UTB Zlín

In addition, we wanted to somehow involve the visitors in trying it by themselves. So we also prepared an interactive demonstration of Helium network. With a custom-made holder and a LoRaWAN buttonboard, we created a voting stand to collect visitors’ opinions.

Since it was a blockchain and crypto related conference, we wanted to know how they feel about their crypto portfolio. The visitor were given four options to pick from: very happyI’m okayvery sad, and I don’t have crypto.

More importantly, the LoRaWAN buttonboard has much broader utility, e.g.:

– in restaurants or cafés for orders
– in production sites to get missing material to the line
– in services of cleaning, refilling, replacing etc.


And it all works on LoRaWAN. Simply, understandably, effectively.

On Helium, DePIN, and IoT

The space to spread the word about the technology and how it works was a great chance to both educate and realize how Helium, DePIN, and IoT are in fact really close to all of us.

Helium network DePIN blockchain presentation screen on a podium with speaker and organizer on the left
Presentation DePIN LoRaWAN Helium and IoT speaker in front

However, based on our experience so far we know how unfamiliar people are with IoT. That’s why we found it an amazing opportunity to decrease the ratio, at least among the audience, and explain the technology as well as how beneficial it can be in real life.

9 out of 10 people don't know what IoT is.

IoT benefity prezentácia rozprávač vpredu

Of course, we paid important attention to the part about Helium itself and a few projects that run on it: Hivemapper, WeatherXM, and DIMO

Helium network presentation speaker in front

Naturally, we also allowed ourselves to mention how Heliotics works as a company and we also briefly mentioned our smart waste management Vastum in cooperation with Elkoplast, which is already actively used by 3 Slovak cities.

Heliotics company presentation speaker in front

Why Elkoplast? It’s simple. A Czech company with more than 20 years of tradition in the field of waste collection, sorting and transport. A producer with successfully established position on European market, producing high quality waste management products globally. 

Overall, the space we were given by the organizers and Tomas Bata University in Zlín was a really valuable possibility to advocate the utility and benefits of Helium, DePIN, and IoT in combination.

Needless to say that it was a great chance to show how Heliotics utilizes the technology in real use cases, as already mentioned smart waste management Vastum and others.

The whole thing was to point out in the presentation as well as through the demonstration how easy it is to use The Peoples Network anywhere, even within spaces of a university.


If you want to learn more on how you could benefit from using IoT solutions on Helium LoRaWAN, contact us at info@heliotics.com and we will be glad to assist you.

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