The Little ETL That Could

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There once was an ETL…

tldr; ETL went down. Rewards are quite a bit off. Will be back to normal by end of day. Everyone has been spotted addition credits for the inconvenience.

With May’s release there came estimated rewards. Meaning you’d be able to pick the location you’re going to place your Helium hotspot at, click simulate and get back the estimated $HNT rewards of that specific location. One of the key things in running a proper system to predict rewards is to have complete access to the Helium blockchain. You can do this by either using Helium’s API… or perhaps have your own?

Yes – have your own! That’s the route HotspotRF had to take is to have our own. In order to do that, one has to have an ETL (extract, transform, load). In-fact ETLs are quite common when talking about blockchains – that’s a topic for another time – the point is that HotspotRF has an ETL. Which is cool and all, but what does that have to do with this post? Great question! It crashed. Hard. Hence “the little ETL that could”.

In doing so – crashing – it caused our rewards to be off just a tad. Which is unfortunate, as for the last few days everything had been humming just fine. While it maybe troublesome, the great thing is our ETL is back online – syncing as it should be.

Silver lining to this is we’ve learnt a bit to make the service better behind the scenes for you. There’s that.

If you have any further questions in regards to this topic, feel free to contact us directly at [email protected].

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