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On similar lines, the cryptocurrency we are covering today is Waltonchain.
In this fundamental analysis of Waltochain, we are going to touch base upon the following aspects:
- What Is Waltonchain?
- How Waltchain Works
- Waltonchain Team
- Total Waltonchain (WTC) Supply & Market Cap
- How To Buy Waltonchain Cryptocurrency
- WTC Wallets
- WTC Staking & MasterNode
- Walton’s Future and Roadmap
- Official Resources
What Is Waltonchain?
Waltonchain is a very interesting blockchain project that is working on software as well as hardware infrastructure to make the world more connected and informed about the decisions we make. The project was launched late in 2017 but has been conceived and worked upon since 2015 by its founder.
But again, for starters:
Walton combines the best of both physical and digital world to create an efficient supply chain management system that is powered by the use of RFID chips for IoT and combines it with the power of blockchain to achieve:
- Data Integrity for fair audits
- …and even big data for analytical purposes (Thinking how? We’ll discuss that further)
Note: The name Walton is derived from the name of Charlie Walton, the inventor of RFID technology.
Here is a short video explaining the RFID technology:
RFID has existed for a long time but when you combine it with blockchain for IoT purposes, it becomes a very powerful concept and that’s what Walton is doing.
Using the hardware (chip) and the software (blockchain), Walton is creating solutions for different industry verticals where supply chain and logistics are fragmented to fill in the gaps.
How Waltonchain Works
Waltonchain has developed special purpose patented RFID chips that are very small and cheap enough to be embedded in many products across various industries. And the good thing is, they have their own chip technology, manufacturing which makes them independent in this competitive world.
On the other hand, they have developed their blockchain in-house which is compatible with the present Ethereum technology as well as inspired by DASH’s proof-of-work algorithm.
Walton blockchain works upon a hybrid of proof-of-stake and proof-of-work consensus mechanism where mining and staking both happens.
Further, to avoid future scalability issues, it has incorporated parent chain and child chain structure (side chain). This will help it avoid congestion problems in the parent chain just as Ethereum faces today. Plus, their child chains are customizable according to the business needs of their partners without compromising additional benefits.
And operations on both chains and across the chains are fueled by Waltonchain coin or cryptocurrency (WTC), which is the fuel of the Walton ecosystem.
Any business partner with Walton can just form an independent side chain or child chain to record data which is very specific to their business needs. It also helps them grow and bring transparency in their supply chain.
Example Of Waltonchain Implementation
For example, let’s say there is a very prominent designer who sends her designs to 50 retail stores across the United States.
Now, she wants to understand in real time, in a transparent manner how to improve her designs.
For this she will need to know:
- Types of popular designs
- The rate of the item picked by the customer
- Grab rate, put-back rates, try-on rates and even popular size/style data
- Number of customers who picked a design and also who rejected the item
These are critical questions for which finding the data in fair and transparent manner is difficult.
But with child chain implementation on Waltonchain, which is powered by RFID tags on the actual products, it is easy.
In the actual store when RFID tags are attached to products/items they can interact with the nearby sensors and can keep writing the data on the blockchain.
And the data such as buy rate/rejection rate, grab rate, put-back rates can be seen by the designer on the blockchain and hence she can now get better insights to improve her designs.
Another implementation could be:
Let’s say a critical drug is moved from the manufacturers to the retail shop. And the drug needs to be strictly under 10-degree Celcius, failing which will damage the drug and make it ineffective for the patient.
In such a scenario when the drug changes so many hands in transit from the manufacturing unit to the retail shop, Waltonchain and its RFID tag embedded in the drug’s package can record the real-time data on the blockchain.
This helps in effective audit, management, surveillance as well as contract management while the drug changes hands. It becomes easy to find whether the consignment of the drug was handled properly or not and if not, whose mistake was it.
Waltonchain is developing another hardware such as RFID gun scanners through which one can do inventory management at any time in the supply chain management cycle with a single scan of the whole items or consignment and feed it to the blockchain. This way it is much faster, reliable and insightful in managing inventory in a godown or in a retail store.
The team is impressive and experienced. It comprises of the right industry people that you need for a project like Walton. It has RFID and VLSI experts, IOT experts, supply chain veterans and of course blockchain experts.
Take a look at the full team here.
Total Waltonchain (WTC) Supply & Market Cap
Total fixed supply of WTC is 100 million WTC out which 70 million is floating in the market.
According to CoinMarketCap, the total circulating supply of WTC is 70,000,000 WTC, and the current price of each unit is $10.47. That values it at approximately $260 million (at the time of writing this article).
How To Buy Waltonchain Cryptocurrency
Buying WTC is quite easy as it is available in some of the popular exchanges around the world such as:
- KuCoin: Supported pairs are WTC/BTC
- Binance: Supported pairs are WTC/BTC, WTC/ETH, WTC/BNB
- Cobinhood: Supported pairs are WTC/BTC, WTC/ETH
Buying WTC for fiat currencies like USD, EUR etc is not possible as of now but with its popularity, you can expect such pairs also in time.
WTC Staking & Masternode
Walton is a hybrid project based on both POS and POW. That’s why if you have WTC you have the incentive to earn passive income by staking WTC as well as running a masternode of WTC.
However, the details are not quite clear and moreover, for masternodes the minimum limit is of 5000 WTC coins and for POS rewards there is no such cap.
Right now, WTC Ethereum-based tokens are being swapped for actual WTC coins on the Walton blockchain and hence the scenario will be clear once the swap is completed.
I will keep you updated, so watch this space.
For ERC20 WTC tokes these are the wallet options:
- Mobile Wallets: Coinomi (Android), Jaxx (Android, iOS)
- Browser/Web Wallets: Jaxx (Chrome Extension)
- Desktop Wallets: Jaxx (Windows, Linux, Mac), MyEtherWallet
- Hardware Wallet: Ledger Nano S, Trezor
And for WTC coins on the Walton Mainnet, here is the full node wallet option: Windows Walton Wallet
Walton’s Future and Roadmap
Walton’s future looks promising as they solve a critical problem of supply chain management with the help of their in-house RFID technology combined with IoT blockchain.
Plus, so far they have been hitting the targets well and achieving milestones in terms of partnerships as well as development.
But they will certainly face competition in this niche from Vechain, which is another supply chain blockchain with more than 200 use cases/partners waiting to be implemented against Walton’s 6.
Lastly, Walton wants to explore its future in areas of efficient management, smart agriculture, smart medical care, smart food traceability, and smart art industry etc but there is certainly time for that as they will be first focused upon stabilizing their mainnet they recently launched.
That’s all from my side in this introductory round-up of Waltonchain Cryptocurrency.
Some official links that will help you stay updated with Walton’s news:
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