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WaltonChain (WTC) Winning Awards and Partnerships

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Possibly the most important aspect of blockchain technology is the ability to verify transactions at each step of the chain. The integrated distributed ledger platform allows for users to know where their currency is going, and where it came from. More importantly, it allows others to verify that the ledger is balanced and fair. As such, there’s a push to integrate blockchain technology with both real-world objects and the Internet of Things. Where some cryptocurrencies are aiming to provide the internal framework for the IoT, WaltonChain is one of several hoping to bring real-world objects into the distributed ledger.

Their system works by combining blockchain tech with RFID technology. Through this, they attach a one-time-use identification tag to an item. That tag then allows customers and producers to track the item through every step of the global supply chain – and validate it upon purchase. WaltonChain’s technology would help to make counterfeiting a thing of the past. The system makes it impossible for malicious third parties to create an item with a valid tag.

Global Blockchain Technology Expo 2018

The Global Blockchain Technology Expo is a major event held by the BlockTrain group in Silicon Valley. Bringing together blockchain experts and company heads from around the globe, they discuss the various developments that have occurred in the blockchain space. Alongside the expected networking potential, the expo also awards projects that they believe are the most promising in the upcoming year. WaltonChain earned the award for Most Promising IoT Solution of the Year – despite some stiff competition.

The integration of RFID technology is a game changer in the world of IoT assignment of blockchain IDs. It permanently affixes the ID to the item, rather than simply listing it in a digital ledger. While both help to combat counterfeiting and fraud, only WaltonChain’s solution does so through direct manufacturing process in the real world. Unsurprisingly, this combination of emerging technologies won WTC the award – and shows the confidence everyone has in the project.

Alibaba Group Partnership

Of course, WaltonChain isn’t going it alone. Like any proper blockchain project, they’re hard at work building strategic partnerships that will help them bring their product to market. WaltonChain recently partnered with the Alibaba group as a member of their IoT Connectivity Alliance. Alibaba is one of the largest eCommerce sites in the world, and one of the most globally well-known companies based in China. They created the alliance specifically to create standard operating procedures for IoT devices. Rather than waiting for a disparate number of differing IoT protocols, the alliance will help form easy, efficient systems that will encourage the growth of the industry.

For their part, WaltonChain provides experience in integrating digital services with physical goods. Alibaba provides tremendous capital and a far-reaching customer base. Together with the other members of the alliance, their stated goal of a standardized IoT protocol could well become a reality. However, they are aware that this is only the beginning of the industry. Standardization is only one component, with development and adoption operating alongside it.

Competition and Market Volatility

The constant flux of the cryptocurrency market took a toll on WaltonChain in the early part of this year. Their first big break out occurred just before the market correction in January. Luckily, they’ve recovered since then and now show great growth potential. While VeChain also offers digital verification of real-world goods, there are two factors to consider. VeChain uses a chipset-based validation system, and the market is easily large enough for both projects to flourish.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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