DRONEDEK Helping Helium Expand Broadband Reach Via “Mailboxes of the Future”

Source: PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — DRONEDEK, creator of the “mailbox of the future,” announced today that it has strategically chosen Helium, The People’s Network, for greater expansion of the world’s first, peer-to-peer wireless network.

With Helium compatibility, DRONEDEK will use the LongRange (LoRa) network for its lower bandwidth sensors instead of relying on cellular networks. The LoRa network is commonly used for low bandwidth, high distance Internet of Things devices. It uses significantly less electricity and/or battery power because it doesn’t constantly transmit data. DRONEDEK mailboxes may also include Hotspots for the People’s Network, the world’s fastest growing wireless network, with more than 300,000 hotspots currently powering American devices and expanding Internet access across rural and urban areas. 

“We see this as a perfect combination of two very forward-thinking companies, each focused on helping consumers with essential needs,” said DRONEDEK founder and CEO Dan O’Toole. “Together, we’ll deliver on the promise of our new connected society. Our mailbox of the future ensures reliable, secure, efficient and eco-friendly package delivery. We’re happy to be helping them increase their reach as we grow.” 

Helium COO Frank Mong agreed. 

“We expect to see DRONEDEK mailboxes throughout the nation, starting with their product launch next year, and with each of those devices, the reach of The People’s Network will grow,” he said. “The potential is huge when you consider that the U.S. alone has more than 160 million mailboxes across its landscape. Like DRONEDEK, we’re not stopping there; we’re looking at global reach.” 

Designed to accept drone delivery, the DRONEDEK mailbox also accepts traditional mail delivery and is destined to become an everyday utility service like power or water. The device keeps packages hot or cold; will alert users to package arrival; recharge drones; and even serve as an emergency system. An app controls when the device is opened for delivery and retrieval and alarm features.

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