How does Heleus work? #
Here's an example, how a common messenger app works: The users selects the receiver, types the message and presses send. The app sends this message with some additional data, like the receiver, to a server. The server checks and processes this data and stores it in a database. The receivers app afterwards contacts the server and asks for new messages. The server queries the database and sends it back and the app displays the message.
The communication between the app and the server is what we call a black-box or a closed system. We don't know how these two components communicate. There is usually no public documentation available and the service providers typically don't want to share this knowlege. The goal is that the users use their apps only. They want to collect sensitive data about the users and show their advertising.
In Heleus, we simply remove the "server" part. A Heleus node is basically a huge open database. Like in the example above, the app would assemble the data to a transaction, sign the transaction with the correct digital signature and send it to the database. And the receiver would query the database directly. And all the communication is based on an open protocol. Everyone can participate. No more closed systems, no more vendor lock-in.
What is the purpose of Heleus? #
In the beginning of the web, everything was build around open standards. Everyone could participate. Websites and emails, as an example, use open standards. Everyone can build a web browser or email client - just for fun or to make something better - or integrate it into other products. And there is competition: companies are fighting hard to build the best, fasted and most secure web browser.
But that changed and the web is dominated by closed system that are completely incompatible to each other, like your favorite messenger or social network. And there is a complete vendor lock-in, you can only use websites and apps that they provide. And integration into other services is impossible or highly restricted. This is not acceptable anymore. And we will change that.
If we had open standards for messengers and social networks, users and companies would again fight to build the best experience for the users. And that is the purpose of Heleus. We build an open infrastructure where everyone can participate.
Another Blockchain? Really? #
We know that the blockchain became a buzzword in the past few years and that a lot of people can't hear it anymore. But if you step back a bit, you see that the blockchain is more than just the base for crypto currencies. It's a great way to generate trust and that's what we need for Heleus. We use the concepts of digital signatures and transactions to build trustworthy and open databases.
Another advantage of the blockchain is the high degree of anonymity. You don't need a registration with an email address or something else. All you need is our Wallet App to register an account free an easy.