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Key Pollen Network Components
Pollen is simple. You provide network coverage through a Flower, which is validated by Bumblebees and Honeybees, and you anonymously connect to the network as a Hummingbird with an eSIM – each of which earn you PollenCoin.
The Pollen network involves the following key components:
Network Providers ("Flowers"): Flowers are mobile network antennas [3] that are built to open standards. When connected to the internet, Flowers provide wireless coverage and earn their owners PCN, Pollen’s Solana token, in return for the coverage provided and data hauled for end users. Pollen does not store the personal information of Flower owners. Flower ownership (and right to associated rewards payments) is registered via a Non-Fungible Token that is tied to the owner’s Solana wallet, enabling owners to maintain anonymity and transfer ownership of devices without requiring any centralized approval or registration.
End Users (“Hummingbirds”): Hummingbirds are end user equipment (“UE”), such as mobile phones, that can utilize the Pollen network for mobile connectivity. In the US, CBRS compatible devices can download a Pollen eSIM or purchase a physical SIM (both generically can be referred to as a “SIM”) that enables them to become a Hummingbird and connect to the Pollen network. SIMs are also associated with an NFT to allow for anonymous payment of the daily rewards. Pollen does not store the personal information of Hummingbird owners.
In Phase I of the network’s deployment, Hummingbirds will be allowed unlimited data consumption at no charge beyond the cost of the SIM. Hummingbird owners also receive PCN rewards every day the Hummingbird connects to the network.
Beginning in Phase II of the network’s deployment, Hummingbird owners will pay for data consumption using PCN. To incentivize early adopters to join the network, the first 100,000 Hummingbird owners to purchase a Pollen SIM will also receive 10 Data Credits, good for transferring 10 GB of data on the network.
Pollen will not support “phone calls” or “text messages / SMS” due to those technologies’ incompatibility with Pollen’s Core Values and the existence of alternative technologies that are consistent (e.g., Signal, FaceTime, WhatsApp).
We also plan to launch an adapter - called Wings - that provides network connectivity to devices that don’t have built-in connectivity (e.g., a laptop), thereby enabling the device to become a Hummingbird.
Validators (“Bumblebees”): Bumblebees are small embedded Linux devices with built-in LTE and GPS antennas, used to verify Flower network coverage. Bumblebees validate network coverage by reporting Pollen network coverage statistics as they move through the physical world. Data reported includes date / time, GPS location, and network traffic statistics (e.g., ping times, upload / download speeds, signal strength) in addition to their own unique identifier and the unique identifiers of Flowers for which coverage is verified.
Bumblebee owners are rewarded with PCN for their daily network validation activities. Pollen does not store the personal information of Bumblebee owners. Like Flowers, Bumblebee ownership is registered via a Non-Fungible Token that is tied to the owner’s wallet, enabling owners to maintain anonymity and transfer ownership of devices without requiring any centralized approval or registration.
In the initial phase of the network’s deployment, Bumblebees will be able to connect to the network and transfer data for free - in Phase II, Bumblebee owners will need to purchase Data Credits using PCN for connectivity and data transfer.
Validators (“Honeybees”): Honeybees are end user equipment utilizing a Pollen SIM that logs data not logged by Hummingbird SIMs, allowing the Honeybee to validate network coverage and earn PCN rewards, in addition to utilizing the network for transferring data.
Phone manufacturers / operating systems limit the amount of data that can be collected from user devices, so the base level of validation is logging each individual Flower that a Honeybee connects to each day.
Additional data may be collected via utilizing the Honeybee application, including location data, which may enable the Honeybee owner to earn additional PCN rewards.
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[3] Antennas can range in size from a roof-mounted tower to a small personal pizza box-sized window mount.
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