Chirp’s Sustainable Vision: Protecting Keeper Rewards in DePIN

3 min readDec 25, 2023
The Keeper and his Blackbirds

In the ever-evolving world of decentralized networks, Chirp emerges as a model of innovation and responsibility. Our commitment to the interests of its network participants, known as Keepers, is rooted in a harmonious blend of technology, ethics, and foresight. So, buckle up and join us as we delve into how Chirp is carving out a green, enduring future for its Keepers in the DePIN terrain.

Decoding Token Distribution and Keeper rewards

Chirp’s network relies on a unique token structure that is essential for its functioning and rewarding Keepers. Because, let’s be real, who doesn’t enjoy pocketing some extra tokens? These Keepers are vital players in the network, as they host Blackbird gateways and contribute to a global wireless network.

To ensure Keepers are fairly rewarded for their efforts in maintaining and growing the network, a dedicated pool of tokens is set aside for them. However, a major challenge lies in preserving the value of these rewards.

Dilution occurs when unnecessary gateways join the network. These extra gateways don’t make the network better or extend its reach, but they do spread the rewards thinner among more Keepers, lowering what each one receives. It’s like that one guy at the party who overstays. Fortunately, Chirp has the solution to prevent this dilution and protect Keeper rewards.

Enhancing Network Efficiency Through Installation Criteria

Installing gateways is crucial for a strong network and the perks that Keepers earn. Chirp believes in smart growth, opting for a few outdoor gateways in strategic locations instead of many indoors. The Blackbird, made for outdoor use, embodies this approach by offering wide wireless coverage and enabling more users to connect without a hitch.

Chirp has stringent criteria for installations. Indoor setups of Blackbirds are prohibited due to the limited signal range caused by physical barriers like walls. Optimal coverage is achieved through rooftop installations on single-family homes and external placements in apartment complexes, maintaining the integrity of the reward pool.

To further refine network expansion, Chirp plans to introduce a smart contract system for monitoring geographical coverage. Once an area is sufficiently covered, new installations in that vicinity will be restricted. This ‘seniority rule’ benefits early adopters and prevents unnecessary dilution of rewards.

On Chirp you will never see thousands of gateways operating in one city and diluting your rewards.

Tackling Fraudulent Practices to Maintain Network Integrity

One big challenge DePIN networks face is dealing with bad actors who exploit system loopholes. These individuals can fake LoRaWAN signals and take tokens without contributing hardware. This not only jeopardizes the integrity of the network but also unfairly diminishes rewards for honest Keepers.

Chirp’s innovative ‘Proof of Purchase’ (POP) concept combats this issue. Under POP, only gateways purchased from authorized manufacturers and registered on the blockchain with a unique NFT are eligible for mining. This effectively blocks emulators and ensures all contributors are legitimate Keepers, protecting the rewards pool.

Conclusion: Fostering Long-Term Sustainability

Chirp’s strategic approach to safeguarding its network and Keeper rewards is both innovative and essential. By prioritizing efficient network coverage, enforcing stringent installation criteria, and deterring fraudulent activities, Chirp is not just enhancing its current operations but also paving the way for a sustainable future. This journey highlights the potential of technology when used with vision and responsibility, offering a blueprint for others in the DePIN domain. To become a keeper, join the wait list on




Chirp is creating a unified wireless network for IoT and Mobile by harnessing the power of DePIN & blockchain technology.