Nascent Partnerships Promise to Set Crypto Wheels in Motion

Nascent Partnerships Promise to Set Crypto Wheels in Motion

Bitcoin Core release prevents DoS attack, Civic partners Rivets, R3 partners Gemalto, US charges three men for Ponzi scheme, Line unveils its plans

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Bitcoin (BTC) Network Nodes Grow Up Over 10,000 After Difficult Times in 2018

The number of Bitcoin nodes in the network is currently growing after a momentaneous slump back in 2018. According to data provided by, the number of Bitcoin Core nodes was 64,150 just a few hours ago. This represents more than 99% of the nodes around the world. The number of reachable nodes was 10214 with the largest number of them located in the United States. The U.S. accounts for 24.37% of the total of Bitcoin nodes around the world, equal to 2491. The U.S. is followed by Germany with 1949 reachable nodes (19.06%). France was located in the third place with 677 nodes or 6.62% of the total number of nodes around the world. The top 10 places include the Netherlands, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Russia and Japan. The number of reachable nodes grew up to 12,500 in November 2017 when Bitcoin was reaching new all-time highs. In 2017, Bitcoin moved from under $1,000 up to $20,000. After the market drop in 2018, the number of nodes fell down to 9,000. However, the exact number of Bitcoin nodes is not known due to the fact that some of them remain undetectable. In 2019, the number of Bitcoin nodes could start to increase. There are several companies that are starting to release a new set of products to make it easier for users to run a Bitcoin node. For example, the Lightning Network’s Nodl and Casa Node are currently making it easy for individuals to run a full node without technical knowledge. By running a node, the network becomes much more secure and it also enhances decentralization. Running a full node allows users to be sure that Bitcoin rules have not been broken. Bitcoin nodes will make the network more secure in the future if there is a government chasing down Bitcoin operations. Running a Bitcoin node might be complicated but, as mentioned before, there are some firms working to make it easier for people without the technical knowledge to run a Bitcoin full node and improve Bitcoin’s security.
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Ripple’s Launch of the R3 Corda Network and the Corda Network Foundation is Here

It was confirmed yesterday that r3’s much anticipated Corda Network is up and running. The CEO of r3, David E. Rutter, had this to say: Participants will be able to build their systems to suit their exact needs and ensure the security of their data, while still benefiting from the advantages of a universal network… Applications on Corda are seeing wide adoption throughout industries. Corda Network is the next step in bringing these networks together to make these applications even more efficient and effective.” This network will allow for data transfer and settlement of funds between communities of nodes through the CorDapps within an organization or trusted commercial partners, while still remaining interoperable throughout the Corda community as a whole. Because of this, Corda has increased its partnerships with government and privates companies and organizations due to its safety and multi-use utility on a global scale. Their official website has reported partnerships with over 250 organizations worldwide, including giants such as Amazon Web Services, Intel, Citibank, and HSBC. In order to maintain the integrity of this new Corda network, r3 announced in conjunction that a non-profit organization by the name of Corda Network Foundation has also been created to oversee the Corda Network independently. Their press release stated: “The Foundation’s board will be comprised of directors drawn from participants on the Network and elected by members of Corda Network. It will operate independently of R3 and its decision making will be transparent and available to all network members.” @XRPCenter attempted to end any user doubt with this comment: “It means that, as of today, all the obligations arising on the Corda ecosystem could be settled with XRP if the participants choose to do so, as XRP is already integrated in the Corda Settler. It doesn’t necessarily mean that XRP is already being used.” Introducing Corda Network. Read our press release to learn all about it! — R3 (@inside_r3) January 16, 2019
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Gemalto Awarded Uganda’s New e-Immigration Solution

New Border Management System (BMS) & e-Immigration solution builds on Gemalto’s successful Visa Management System; Self-service eKiosks will deliver a safer and speedier experience for passengers in Uganda; Fingerprint and facial recognition ensures accurate identification of travellers. Gemalto, in cooperation with local partner SCINTL, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System including  airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe, creating a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travellers and strengthening homeland security. The said e-Immigration solution uses Gemalto’s state-of-the-art fingerprint and facial recognition technology, combined with a passport scan to ensure swift and accurate identification of passengers leaving the country. It is built on the Gemalto Visa Management System that was first deployed in 2014 by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, part of Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Boosting Uganda’s ability to manage international visitors Entebbe International Airport, servicing Uganda’s capital, Kampala, welcomed over 1.5 million travellers in 2017, and the new eKiosks will further boost its capacity to handle the growing number of business and leisure visitors heading to Uganda, a progressive east African state with a population of over 40 million. Once implementation of the e-Immigration solution is complete in 2019, passengers will enjoy the option of a rapid, self-guided pathway through border control, whilst authorities are provided with comprehensive, real-time data on departures from Uganda.  Extending the benefits of Gemalto’s existing VMS  Gemalto is an established technology partner for DCIC. The existing VMS combines applications, processing and issuance for all pre-paid visas and permits, and incorporates a secure and convenient online portal, and biometric enrolment facilities in foreign missions and on arrival in the country. In December 2017, the VMS won the Uganda Government’s JLOS ICT Innovation Award.   Gemalto is a proven and valued partner of DCIC,” said General Jeje A. Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs for the Ugandan Government. “The new ABC – Automated Border Control Solution marks the latest step forward in the modernisation, enhancement of security of border control management in Uganda, delivering important benefits for visitors and citizens alike.”  “Rapid growth in international air travel is going hand in hand with profound cross-border threats such as terrorism, illegal immigration and organised crime,”said Thierry Mesnard, VP Sales Africa for Gemalto. “With the introduction of advanced automated kiosks at Entebbe Airport, the Ugandan authorities are once again demonstrating their commitment to addressing all these challenges.” “SCINTL will provide vital local support and know-how for a solution that encompasses supply, installation and maintenance,”said Cephas T. Bushuyu, Managing Director for SCINTL. “Overseas visitors are playing a key role in Uganda’s economic development, and many will now enjoy the option of a safe, fast-track border crossing experience.”  The post Gemalto Awarded Uganda’s New e-Immigration Solution appeared first on The Fintech Times.
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