Franklin Templeton Explores Future of DePin Projects

Franklin Templeton Explores Future of DePin Projects


By Jakub Lazurek

13 Jun 2024 (about 1 month ago)

3 min read


Franklin Templeton highlights the potential of DePin projects like Hivemapper and Helium to disrupt traditional infrastructure sectors through innovative token incentives.

Franklin Templeton, a global asset management leader with over $1.5 trillion under management, has highlighted the emerging field of Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Network (DePin) projects. Their report, “DePIN: Traction in Supply & Early Signs of Increasing Demand,” investigates how these projects are innovating and potentially disrupting traditional infrastructure sectors.

DePin projects use token incentives to reduce costs by outsourcing operations to third parties. This lean and efficient model can revolutionize industries like computing, energy, telecommunications, and mapping, according to Franklin Templeton. “DePIN projects have the potential to disrupt traditional infrastructure companies and business models,” they noted.

Franklin Templeton highlights Hivemapper and Helium as key examples of DePin projects. Hivemapper, a blockchain-based decentralized mapping network, rewards drivers with Hivemapper (HONEY) tokens for contributing to road mapping via dashcams. In just 31 months, Hivemapper has mapped 21% of global roads with over 60,000 contributors.

Helium (HNT), another significant DePin project, has developed the largest decentralized wireless network. By partnering with T-Mobile, Helium expanded its 5G network to 13,000 hotspots, offering an affordable phone plan. Helium’s nearly 93,000 subscribers illustrate the potential market disruption and cost efficiency of DePin projects.

Despite their growth, DePin projects face a major challenge: demand is not keeping up with supply. This imbalance could threaten the long-term success of DePin projects unless consumer interest increases. According to the DePin Ninja dashboard, the ecosystem includes 1,215 active projects with a total market cap of $47 billion.

The DePin sector is growing with new projects like Aethir and, whose tokens, ATH and IO, were recently listed on several centralized exchanges. These listings enhance liquidity and validate these projects, encouraging more investment and participation.

Franklin Templeton’s report emphasizes the potential of DePin projects to transform traditional infrastructure by using blockchain technology and decentralized models. These projects represent a unique chance to innovate and rethink infrastructure sectors.

As projects like Hivemapper and Helium show their capabilities, the focus must shift to increasing consumer demand. Success depends on attracting and retaining users to prove that decentralized models can offer reliable, cost-effective services.

Franklin Templeton’s look at DePin projects highlights their disruptive potential. By outsourcing costs through token incentives, projects like Hivemapper and Helium showcase the efficiency and market disruption possible with DePin models. However, balancing supply and demand remains a challenge for long-term success. With over 1,200 active projects and significant market capitalization, the DePin ecosystem is ready for growth, provided it can meet demand challenges.

DePin projects could significantly change how infrastructure is managed and operated. Franklin Templeton’s insights point to a future where decentralized models might become the standard in various industries. Balancing supply and demand will be essential to realize the potential of DePin projects fully.

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