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This page has not been fully updated to represent the latest state of the Helium Network following the migration to Solana on April 18, 2023.

Maker Approval and Auditing Process

Due to the overwhelming demand for Hotspots, the community designed and approved a process for adding new, verified manufactures to the ecosystem. This is known has HIP-19. With HIP 19 in place, companies can submit an application to be reviewed by the community and the Helium Foundation.

The full process for approving and auditing new manafacturers is as follows (originally outlined in this blog post):

  1. Makers submit a HIP-19 Proposal.
  2. Helium Foundation sends KYC/B request for documentation.
  3. Helium Foundation approves KYC/B and sends hardware audit information.
  4. Makers send hardware samples for audit.
  5. Makers obtain and send regulatory radio certifications. *steps 4 and 5 can happen at the same time
  6. Once Makers pass hardware audit, they are allowed to proceed to Network Integration.
  7. The final stage of Network Integration is being able to add Hotspots to the Onboarding Server.