HeliumTracker Team

Realtime Hotspot Status Check

After a few weeks of internal testing we just released the Realtime Hotspot Status Check today.

The new system tries to establish a connection to your hotspot using the helium P2P-network and performs several Ping-Checks.

We are using the same check in our new Hotspot Guard 2.0 which checks the connectivity of your hotspot in regular intervals and sends you a notification whenever a hotspot ist offline.

During our internal tests the system detected offline hotspots within only 5 minutes. Changes of your Listen Addresses/ Relay Status have been detected within 30-120 minutes.

However in some cases we can't establish a connection to some hotspots for an unknown period of time. We are using multiple (=many!!) servers to improve our chances finding a valid conection.

You can enable Hotspot Guard 2.0 in your Account.

HeliumTracker Team

Hotspot Guard V2 - P2P Realtime Hotspot Informations

We have reached another milestone: HeliumTracker.io will be able to track the online and relayed status of your hotspots via the P2P network.

This means that in the future we will have much more reliable and faster information about your hotspot vitals.

To accomplish this task we have installed a P2P cluster in the cloud. We can enlarge or reduce this cluster as needed and thus adapt it to the necessary workload.

Today we start the internal tests of Hotspot Guard V2 and let the system query peerbook information of all 500k+ hotspots.

If the tests go well, Hotspot Guard V2 will be able to take care of your hotspots soon.

HeliumTracker Team

Server Monitoring, New Notification Settings & Our Mobile App

This week, in addition to the numerous updates to the mobile app, we mainly took care of our server setup.

Server Monitoring

In order to avoid system failures in the future, we installed a server monitoring system that monitors all servers and critical processes such as the blockchain import.

Wake me up!

As soon as the system detects any abnormalities, we are immediately informed and can thus prevent failures.
In case of a failure, the system switches to alarm mode and sends a push notification to our admin every 30 seconds. The alarm bypasses the do not disturb function of the iPhone and contains a rather exhausting sound - this should get the admin out of his deepest sleep!

New ETL server

After our monitoring system was installed, we were surprised to find that our blockchain server is currently using 97.2% of its 3.7TB disk capacity. In order to avoid any downtime, we installed a new blockchain server with 7.9TB of NVMe storage. This server is now synchronized and will take over the import of the blockchain data starting today.

New notification options

From today you can configure in your account the channels you want to be notified about certain activities. For most options you can choose between Email, Desktop, Mobile App and Telegram.

Mobile App

The testing phase of our mobile app is going very well. Thanks to your feedback and @pannemann's tireless efforts we are getting closer to the release of 1.0. Besides minor bugfixes we are still in the process of integrating in-app-purchase. Most of the other wishes and suggestions for improvement will be saved for the next versions.

HeliumTracker Team

Second Update for our Mobile App TestFlight

Thank you for your great participation in our mobile app test flight. We are very happy about the collected feedback and could already fix the first bugs in the app.

A New Version with the following changes has just been released to our testers:


- Text in Wallet’s Detail View better readable in light mode
- Enhanced Hotspot Detail with City Link and POC Descriptions
- Fixed Commission Values in Monthly Report
- Fixed Commission Detail -> Hotspot’s Name instead of Id
- Fixed Link to Beacon in Activity „Beacons sent“
- Activity Witness Navigation Fix for Beaconer
- Fixed Beacon View - Witness City and Street
- Hotspot Navigation from Beacon View
- Increasing debounce for hotspot search to 1000ms
- Option to display entered password in login screen
- Login with Apple Keystore is possible now
- Fixed Activity Filter for Challenger
- Dashboard now shows current filter in title
- Fixed Pull to Refresh on Dashboard
- Fixed Filter for Neighborhood in Dashboard
- Fixed Number Beacons witnessed in Hotspot Detail
- Fixed Beacon Navigation from Hotspot Activities
- Fixed Dashboard Values
- Fixed Beacon Detail View -> Inactive Witnesses marked with inactive Icon

If you still want to get a seat on our test flight head to #beta-test-mobile - there are still a few seats available!

New Contest:

Sindbad has started a contest again. You can win a few months of delicious premium subscription by helping us further in finding bugs. You can find all infos in #contest

HeliumTracker Team

HeliumTracker.io Mobile App Testflight started

Our mobile app has just been approved by Apple and Google for the test flight, the first internal tests went well so there is nothing stopping us from releasing the IOS and Android version of HeliumTracker.io.

At this point again many thanks to @Pannemann for his tireless efforts in the last weeks.

We hope you enjoy this first version and look forward to your feedback in the channels suggestions-mobile , bugs-ios and bugs-android on our Discord .

If you are not yet registered for the test flight you can do so in the channel beta-test-mobile.

There are still a few seats available.