How Chainlink Connects Smart Contracts To The Real World And The Opportunities Therein

Chainlink goes beyond giving users a voice on the blockchain to link them with opportunities in the real world.

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CHAINLINK: The platform that connect smart contracts to real-world data.

Chainlink operates using the oracle network. Oracle networks are those networks that provide means through which blockchain or smart contracts can interact with external data and create paths between off-chain and on-chain transactions.

For smart contracts to connect to external data sources or any Application Programming Interface (API) they would have to proceed through an oracle network, in this case, Chainlink. With Chainlink, payments can be sent from smart contracts to any payment platform or bank account around the world.

The Smart Contract Angle

Smart contracts cannot connect directly with external data like APIs and off-chain data; they make use of Chainlink’s network to create a secure connection that provides both off-chain data and end-to-end security. Chainlink achieves this by providing a reliable network with inputs and outputs that are tamper-proof and can be used for complex smart contracts on any block chain.

The ability to execute unalterable and highly secure digital agreements is a property of smart contracts. But for a smart contract to be able to execute unalterable and highly secure digital agreements, the input and output that it relies on must be secure.

Due to the high security of smart contracts, connecting smart contracts with vital external data like APIs and off-chain data is very difficult.

Smart contracts require the use of series of inputs to improve their functionalities and due performance. They also require the use of several outputs to improve their performance and compute transactions that are complex like sending information and payments required to complete the contract. Chainlink helps achieve all these.

The same security guarantee is provided by smart contracts and Chainlink’s decentralized oracle network. To ascertain the value of a smart contract that is reliable, secure, and authentic, multiple Chainlinks are used to evaluate the data contained in the contract. Chainlink’s node operators are paid using a link token.

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CHAINLINK’S PARTNERSHIPS

Due to Chainlink’s ability to connect external data to blockchain networks in a decentralized manner, many companies in recent times have partnered with them to realize new products. Some of the companies that partnered with them pretty much lately are:

  1. Digitex Futures
  2. CasperLabs
  3. Kakao
  4. Polkadot
  5. Baseline protocol
  6. Hdac technologies
  7. Google clouds
  8. Credits
  9. Oracle
  10.  V Systems… and many others.

Partnership with Digitex Futures

Digitex Futures recently partnered with Chainlink to build a platform that would protect their users’ funds. This partnership was executed because of Chainlink’s up-to-date and tamper proof price data. Another reason for the partnership is to provide a very consistent and accurately priced data that will not fluctuate.

Partnership with CasperLabs

CasperLabs have a blockchain and smart contracting platform, all the applications developed on this platform, by virtue of CasperLabs partnership with Chainlink, will be secured by Chainlink. Chainlink is CasperLabs’ first, and so far, only oracle provider. This partnership would create a user-friendly economic environment.

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Partnership with Kakao

In mid-2020, Chainlink signed a partnership deal with Kakao. Kakao is a South Korean company, popular for the ownership of one of the widespread mobile messaging app used in Asia, KakaoTalk. Chainlink’s oracle will be incorporated into Kakas blockchain smart contract project as a result of the partnership. This will boost blockchain and crypto mass adoption. Also, Chainlink will provide oracles that are secure and reliable for Kakao’s next generation of decentralized apps.

Partnership with Polkadot

In February 2020, Polkadot became the first Non-Ethereum Blockchain to Integrate Chainlink. On Polkadot, Chainlink will be integrated with an assigned independent blockchain shared with custom characteristics. As a result of this partnership, Chainlink’s stable pricing feeds will service Polkadot’s experimental network.

Partnership with Baseline protocol

Baseline protocol is an intiative led by Consensys and EY News in collaboration with Microsoft. Baseline combines advances in blockchain, cryptography and messaging to deliver private business processes that are secure at a very low cost through Public Ethereum Mainnet. This partnership would lead to the buildup of enterprise oracle solution that would make Ethereum Mainnet compactible for enterprise use.

Partnership with Hdac technologies

The partnership between Hdac and Chainlink will develop a system for delivering off-chain data on blockchain in an attempt to support the execution of smart contract. The partnership will be particularly addressing the biggest obstacle in commercializing smart contract technology- the blockchain oracle problem.

Partnership with Google clouds

Google clouds and Chainlink entered a partnership in a bid to making cloud accessing on public domains easier for developers using Chainlink’s oracles. The partnership will also allow for an on-chain and cloud-based interaction with smart contracts and Ethereum decentralized applications

Partnership with Credits

Credits is a blockchain software protocol that offers block chain products such as wallet and DApp, and infrastructure development tools. Credits is best used for data storage, making payments (both macro and micro) and also for token insurance.

The partnership between Credit and Chainlink would make Clouds go steps higher than its initial features by using Chainlink’s oracle network to secure data from smart contracts and also sustain reliability. This partnership would help foster the growth of technology among businesses especially the businesses of financial institutions

Partnership with Oracle

Oracle is a major tech player in the software industry. They are known majorly for their database management systems. Oracle has, in recent times, shown interest in blockchain technology in a bid to producing a decentralized database. This company partnered with Chainlink to use their Oracle Blockchain platform to create a means through which startups can make money from their APIs.

Partnership with V Systems

V System is a blockchain cloud data base that focuses on the challenge of scalability and governance. The platform seeks to build a space of industrial scale DApps, which would contain features like cross-chain applications, sidechain applications and Smart contract applications. The partnership between V Sytems and Chainlink would create DApps that are exceptionally reliable and that have higher accuracy.

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3 High Performing Cryptocurrencies To Look Out For in 2020 Q4

The crypto market is in a spring right now, and here are three high-performing tokens to watch.

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So far, 2020 has been a year of ups and downs in the financial market, especially since the advent of the coronavirus, with stocks jumping all over the place. Cryptos have also had their fair share and are in no way left out. Regardless, the financial market ecosystem has continued to seek out alternative liquidity investment plans and are rapidly turning to high performing cryptos and stocks.

In this guide, we’ll examine three (3) high performing cryptocurrencies, their market value and activity, historical performance, and what to expect in the remainder of 2020. Without much ado, let’s get started.

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Cosmos

Cosmos (ATOM) is simply a double-layer network that comprises of a lot of independent, yet interoperable blockchains referred to “Zones” which operate based on the Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT) consensus algorithm. It facilitates the exchange of assets, tokens and data between blockchains.

  • Historical Performance

At the start of 2020, Cosmos had a market cap of $802.5 million and an average market price of $4.3. At the time of writing (August 31 2020), it’s now ranked 19th with a market cap of about $1.18 billion, a market price of $5.7, and a 24-hour trading volume of about $321 million. That’s a 47% growth in market cap and a 32.6% increase in market price over 8 months.

  • Core Area of Usefulness

Cosmos partners with OmiseGo, IRIS, Loom Network, FOAM, Theta Toe, etc. to provide solutions to blockchain scalability, sovereignty and complexity.

   

  • What to Expect

Cosmos has an average market cap of about $1.2 billion, and a surge is expected in the nearest future. Based on trends, crypto enthusiasts can expect Cosmos attain a market price of $10 by December 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

VeChain

VeChain is a blockchain-based crypto platform specifically designed to enhance business models and supply chain management with the aid of DLT. It aims to champion a distributed and trusted business ecosystem that ensures greater transparency in the flow of information, an ultra-swift transfer of value and efficient business collaborations. This project has numerous practical examples and is highly appreciated and recognised by Deloitte, BMW, PICC, PwC, H&M and lots more.

At the turn of the year 2020, VeChain was ranked 30th with a market cap of about $332.4 million and traded at $0.005643. Fast forward to today, it ranks 21st with a market cap of over $1.1 billion, and trading at an average $0.018553. That’s a bullish 258% growth in market cap and 228% surge in market price.

  • Core Area of Usefulness
  • Automobile data tamper-proof – Renault and BMW are currently partnering with VeChain. Data such as driver’s habit, repair history, registration, and insurance are made immutable.
  • Product Anti-duplication: this is executed with the aid of smart chips which ensures that products are not adulterated. Certain luxury brands have already signed up for this.
  • Cold-chain logistics via IoT sensors that automatically interface with the blockchain.
  • Carbon Credits: carbon emission tracking and rewards schemes for friends of the earth.
  • Provide solutions to the traceability of digitalized clinical trials.
  • What to Expect

The surge in the market activity and demand for VeChain is driven by its integration of IoT into supply chain management models. According to cryptoground, VeChain is expected to attain $2.58 by December 2020, although a little unrealistic.

To attain the $2 mark, VeChain would have to match Bitcoin’s market capitalization – that’s a difficult one. However, a more realistic prediction would peg VeChain at about $1 by the end of the year.

Chainlink 

Just like the two cryptos mentioned earlier, Chainlink is also doing exploits, and it has achieved new market prices multiple times already in 2020 – its token is LINK.  A Chainlink solution, Oracles, make it possible to aggregate real-world data, payments and events into the blockchain as smart contracts. Plus, this project finds application on DeFi platforms and is gradually making waves in the pharma space.

  • Historical Performance

As the time of writing, Chainlink is ranked 5th with a market cap of over $6 billion, and a 24-hour trading volume of over $1.8 billion, according to coingecko. Chainlink started at $1.8 in January 2020, with a market cap of $642 million, but today, it’s trading at $16.7 – that’s a bullish 828% rise in market price.

  • Core Area of Usefulness
  • Retrieval and verification of external data on smart contracts and blockchain network.
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platforms
  • What to Expect

Price predictions are becoming a bit more difficult, especially with the look of the financial market. This might be different for Chainlink as it’s already outperformed several predictions this year on many occasions, and is currently trading above the $5-10 mark forecast.

According to an AI-enabled algorithm from Crypto-Rating, Chainlink is predicted to trade at about $20 by the end of 2020, towards the turn of 2021. This is pretty much realistic and it an only get better with this project.

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Disclaimer: This is clearly the opinion of the author and not a piece of financial advice. Endeavour to dig deep before you make any investment in cryptocurrencies.