Governments and private firms are scrambling to test the public and identify, localize, and trace COVID-19 cases in their countries. Blockchain can help.
Real-time tracking of cases has widely been cited as the pivotal factor necessary to re-open economies as it would allow active cases to be isolated from the rest of the population. However, governments around the world continue to grapple with precisely how to approach the problem with a standardized model.
In the US, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the CDC provide tracking metrics, but they lack granular details. They also don’t account for the supply chain modeling of medical supplies, potential blood donors, or the efforts of non-profits clambering to help. A more efficient and transparent allocation of information is necessary amid all of the current uncertainty.
In particular, all of that information would be better served if it was funneled into a single interface. That’s precisely where blockchain platforms are striving to make an impact, and it’s quickly grabbing the attention of some governments.
A Unified Monitoring & Communication Application
Combining multiple sets of data into a single interface would enable governments to better trace the trajectory of the pandemic and make swift decisions about resuming economic activity.
However, there remain some notable hurdles regarding how such vast surveillance systems would be implemented. In particular, many people are concerned about the potential privacy abuses of the joint Apple and Google tracing program.
“Privacy is a key issue during this pandemic, and as such, blockchain platforms ensure that information is shared without compromising privacy,” detailed Muhammad Salman Anjum, Managing Director of Avantas Tech, in a recent interview. “After data collection is the important task of data analytics, we are just ensuring we are adding trust to the data flow.”
The Avantas Tech team believes they have found a meaningful compromise by leveraging Maxonrow’s KYC and the privacy-enabled blockchain network.
MedsLOCK is a communication and real-time monitoring platform built on top of the Maxonrow blockchain. Designed by UAE-based Avantas Tech, the platform is designed to coalesce all of the pertinent aspects of real-time pandemic monitoring such as medical supply chain data, patient metrics, lockdown zone updates, blood donor info, and more into a single interface.
The initial version (1.0) of the platform incorporated the management of critical medical data like the JHU application alongside trusted information from authorities on the pandemic’s development. However, the Avantas Tech team has rapidly iterated the initial release to include synchronized supply chain data and coordinated welfare activities (e.g., donations) into the second release. Now on its third release, MedsLOCK embedded authorized certificate releases for governments about their official COVID-19 status — a significant step forward.
For example, one of the ideas floated among governments right now for re-opening economies is to delineate between people with antibodies to COVID-19, including patients that have recovered, and active cases, which will remain isolated. Green zones and red zones for resuming economic activity could then ensue based on the real-time data provided by integrated platforms like MedsLOCK.
MedsLOCK’s current version enables people with COVID-19 antibodies or recovered patients to upload government-issued e-certificates to its dashboard, which not only incorporates the data into its model but verifies the authenticity of the document — all without exposing personal information. Moving forward, identifying people with immune defenses to COVID-19 will likely become paramount as international travel resumes and countries test visitors at their borders.
“Authorities are getting impressed during the demo sessions with the features of MedsLOCK, and its ability to easily integrate with legacy systems with low cost,” continued Anjum in the interview. “In addition, they liked the aspect that we are offering MedsLOCK based on OPEX model where they pay as they use.”
Avantas Tech is reportedly already working with the Saudi government and the International Civil Aviation Association on integrating its technology into its COVID-19 pandemic response strategies.
Rolling Developments of COVID-19 Require Efficient Data Sharing
Although the peak of COVID-19 may have been seen in countries like Italy and China, the pandemic is expected to have a rolling impact on other regions of the world. For example, India and Pakistan are both going through the early-mid stages of their quarantine phases, and countries in South America, such as Brazil, are trying to get ahead of the curve.
Persistent monitoring of the spread of the disease from disparate regulatory areas will become necessary as the rolling impact of the virus continues. In that context, the shared and transparent nature of an underlying (and regulated) blockchain like Maxonrow can play a significant role.
Blockchains are excellent mediums for sharing and verifying broader subsets of data from independent sources — a task that conventional databases struggle with. Feeding trusted information from various global governments into a shared and regulated network within Maxonrow presents a compelling opportunity to provide a more transparent look into how the disease is progressing. Many data sets remain incompatible, and it’s challenging to convert medical supply chain data into the same system as metrics tracking patient immune statuses.
Blockchain-based supply chain platforms have also been explored extensively over the last several years, with projects like VeChain and an initiative by the UN leading the way. More recently, IBM, Tesla, and BMW have begun tinkering with blockchain-based supply chain platforms as well.
Now, they may be put to the test with a pressing scenario that necessitates precise tracking and authentication at scale.
Tech startups are understandably approaching the dilemma with a slew of refreshing ideas that may prove more appealing than handing over the keys of patient privacy to major corporations like Google that are known for data abuses.
Soon enough, governments will need to settle on a unified system for managing the outbreak. There are various options available, and the benefits of privacy-preserving data sharing of blockchains may have their moment in the limelight amid a global pandemic.
XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //
Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.
Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.
The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.
NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.
NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…
XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //
The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.
As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021.
“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.
He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”
Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”
Mr. Yamagata has been…
My Crypto Heroes Announces Issuance of MCH Governance Token
Tokyo, Japan, 24th November, 2020, // ChainWire //
My Crypto Heroes is happy to announce the issuance of MCH Coin as an incentive to players in the My Crypto Heroes ecosystem, aiming to allow them to craft a “User-oriented world”. The MCH coin is available on Uniswap with a newly created pool with ETH.
My Crypto Heroes is a blockchain-based game for PC and Mobile. It allows users to collect historic heroes and raise them for battle in a Crypto World. Officially released on November 30th, 2018, MCH has recorded the most transactions and daily active users than any other blockchain game in the world.
What is MCH Coin?
MCH Coin is being issued as an ERC-20 Standard Governance Token. The issuance began on November 9th, 2020, with 50 million tokens issued.
Of the funds issued, 40% are allocated to a pay for on-going development and as rewards for advisors and early investors. 10% are allocated to marketing and the growth of the ecosystem, and 50% are allocated to the community. The Distribution Ratio of the MCH Coin is subject to change via a governance decision.
The MCH coin will be used as a voting right as part of the ecosystem’s governance, with 1 coin being 1 vote. It will also be used for in-game utilities and payments. Additional information can be found here:
During December 2020 the first governance…