Tiongkok, lebih tepatnya kota Qingdao, baru saja mencatatkan sejarah setelah mereka mengklaim telah berhasil membuat sistem pembayaran lintas wilayah menggunakan teknologi blockchain. Beberapa pihak yang terkait dengan proyek tersebut memuji keputusan untuk menerapkan teknologi blockchain dalam sistem perbankan kota Qingdao. Bahkan banyak yang meyakini bahwa momen tersebut dapat menjadi awal dari penggunaan blockchain secara masif di seluruh wilayah lainnya di Tiongkok.
Hebatnya lagi, transaksi keuangan yang berhasil dilakukan menggunakan teknologi tersebut bukan hanya transaksi lokal saja, melainkan transaksi lintas wilayah, bahkan lintas negara. Beberapa perusahaan lokal di Qingdao mengaku bahwa mereka telah menggunakan teknologi tersebut untuk melakukan berbagai transaksi dengan perusahaan-perusahaan lainnya di berbagai negara lain seperti India dan Meksiko.
Pemanfaatan Sistem Blockchain
Salah satu fokus dari pemanfaatan sistem blockchain pada proyek tersebut adalah untuk mempersingkat prosedur dan waktu yang diperlukan untuk melakukan sebuah transaksi. Beberapa prosedur yang dapat dipangkas dengan penggunaan teknologi tersebut termasuk proses untuk memverifikasi informasi kredit dan memberikan persetujuan terhadap pengajuan pinjaman.
Faktanya, blockchain menyingkat keseluruhan prosedur tersebut sehingga semua dapat diselesaikan hanya dalam hitungan menit. Hal ini tentunya hal yang sangat menggembirakan bagi para pelaku usaha, khususnya mereka yang ingin mengajukan pinjaman ke bank. Sebelumnya, semua prosedur tersebut bisa memakan waktu hingga berjam-jam bahkan berhari-hari untuk dapat diselesaikan.
Tentu efisiensi dan transparansi yang dijanjikan oleh teknologi blockchain menjadi angin segar bagi para pelaku industri, terutama mereka yang saat ini tengah dipusingkan dengan begitu banyaknya proses yang harus dilewati untuk melakukan sesuatu. Oleh karena itu kesuksesan proyek di Qingdao tentunya memberikan harapan baru bahwa ada cara untuk menjadikan semua proses tersebut menjadi jauh lebih efisien.
Rencana ke Depan
Setelah kesuksesan proyek di Qingdao tersebut, hampir dapat dipastikan bahwa proyek-proyek lain yang melibatkan penggunaan teknologi blockchain akan segera menyusul. Hal ini dikarenakan banyak pihak yang mengaku puas dengan penerapan teknologi tersebut, sehingga bukan tidak mungkin penggunaan blockchain akan menjadi standar baru bagi sistem penyimpanan informasi di berbagai industri lainnya.
Sejauh ini, sudah ada sekitar 37 perusahaan lokal di Qingdao yang telah merasakan manfaat dari program blockchain tersebut. Karena kesuksesan tersebut, pihak pemerintah kota telah merencanakan untuk mengaplikasikan teknologi tersebut pada beberapa bank lainnya. Bahkan, mereka telah berkomunikasi dengan beberapa pihak terkait mengenai kemungkinan untuk membuat kesepakatan dengan pihak asing.
Dan, bukan tidak mungkin apa yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah kota Qingdao akan diikuti oleh para pemerintah kota-kota lainnya. Satu hal yang pasti, blockchain memiliki masa depan yang cerah sebagai alternatif sistem perekaman data yang transparan dan efisien.
Coinbase Pro Lists Tether as USDT Supply Approaches 50 Billion
In an announcement on April 23, Coinbase Pro stated that it had enabled trading for the Tether stablecoin. The move is huge news as previously the leading exchange would only support its own native stablecoin, USDC.
The announcement added that support for USDT will generally be available in Coinbase’s supported jurisdictions, with the exception of New York State. The only version of USDT available will be the Ethereum ERC-20 standard.
Trading will begin on or after 6 PM Pacific Time Monday, April 26, if liquidity conditions are met, it added. The following pairs will be available: BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT, USDT/EUR, USDT/GBP, USDT/USD, and USDT/USDC.
Tether is not available on the regular Coinbase exchange yet and is limited to the Pro version which is more suited to professional and institutional traders.
Starting today, inbound transfers for USDT are now available in the regions where trading is supported. Traders cannot place orders and no orders will be filled. Trading will begin on or after 6PM PT on Monday April 26 , if liquidity conditions are met. https://t.co/F5o73g8o4v
— Coinbase Pro (@CoinbasePro) April 22, 2021
Tether Supply Surges
The move comes as Tether’s circulating supply approaches a milestone all-time high of 50 billion. According to the Tether Transparency report, there are currently 49.58 billion USDT in circulation.
Of that total, almost half of it, or 24.4 billion is based on Ethereum while the majority of the remainder, almost 26 billion is circulating on the Tron network.
Since the beginning of 2021, the total supply of Tether has increased by 137% outlining the surge in demand for stablecoins in DeFi related activities.
Comparatively, there is currently 13.4 billion USDC in circulation according to the company that owns it, Circle. It has had an even greater increase this year with 244% since January 1.
The third-largest stablecoin is Binance USD which currently has a circulation of 7 billion according to Coingecko. The surge in supply for BUSD this year has been even greater at over 600%, largely driven by Binance Smart Chain and DeFi yield farms on PancakeSwap.
Crypto Market Correction Deepens
Cryptocurrency markets are currently correcting hard with a decline in total market capitalization of 20% from its all-time high of $2.3 trillion on April 16. Over the past 24 hours, $280 billion has left the space as Bitcoin and its brethren continue to pull back.
According to Coingecko, BTC prices have slumped 9.4% on the day dropping below $50K for the first time since March 7. It has now formed a lower low since the previous correction which could be a sign of a major trend reversal.
ORBS Is Now Accessible on Binance Smart Chain Via AnySwap
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The ORBS token is now accessible via the Binance Smart Chain. Hodlers can swap tokens to and from the Ethereum network. Exploring this additional blockchain allows Orbs to leverage BSC’s potential for speed, low costs, and DeFi purposes.
This integration of ORBS onto Binance Smart Chain is made possible through the cross-chain bridge developed by Multichain.XYZ – a platform co-developed by Anyswap and Andre Cronje. By integrating this functionality, holders can now move ORBS to and from the Ethereum and BSC networks at their own leisure.
Given the potential for BSC in the DeFi space, support on this blockchain can unlock new use cases for Orbs. As BSC is home to near-daily launches of new projects, products, and services, it is one of the more exciting blockchains in the industry today. It has a competitive edge over Ethereum – which remains the main ecosystem for DeFi – by providing faster transactions at a much lower cost.
“While the Ethereum ecosystem is leading the pack in terms of DeFi activity and public interest, in the last couple of months we are seeing more and more DeFi alternatives growing on BSC. Says Orbs co-founder Tal Kol. “We knew we had to be part of the opportunities and innovations happening in the BSC ecosystem” he continued.
As more and more DeFi alternatives launch on BSC, it makes sense for the ORBS token to be interoperable. As Orbs is a prolific decentralized finance project with unique advantages and multiple upcoming projects under development, both ecosystems will benefit from this compatibility. With the help of cross-chain bridges – such as multichain-xyz – the DeFi ecosystem can continue to grow and evolve into more encompassing solutions.
Moreover, Orbs and the Binance exchange strengthened their partnership in January to promote ongoing innovation in the world of decentralized finance. They were the first core sponsors of the DeFi.org accelerator bootstrapping new projects and DeFi protocols.
Other projects being worked on by Orbs include Liquidity NEXUS – to bridge the gap between CeFi and DeFi – and the Orbs DeFi Portal – an aggregation service for information regarding Orbs and decentralized finance. There is also the Orbs DeFi Grant Program which aims to foster ongoing growth among contributors developing the network and ecosystem.
Orbs is a public blockchain infrastructure designed for mass usage applications – offering developers a proper mix of performance, cost, security and ease of use. The Orbs protocol is decentralized and executed by a public network of permissionless validators using Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus.
Orbs Now Bridged to Binance Smart Chain (BSC) with Anyswap
Blockchain company Orbs said it is now available to trade on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). The move is yet another milestone in Orbs’ efforts to build bridges between complementary blockchains that will eventually bridge ORBS to multiple ecosystems.
With the release of this feature, ORBS holders will be able to leverage their tokens to participate in DeFi applications on the Binance network. At the same time, they tap into Binance’s ever-growing ecosystem that allows for cheap transactions and high scalability.
The BSC integration is also another step in growing token liquidity across multiple chains, while also preparing for the ability of other assets to live on the Orbs network.
ORBS, which has some $272 million in liquidity and around $1 million in 24-hour volume, was formerly only hosted on the Ethereum blockchain, which is currently suffering under increasingly high gas fees.
To kick-start this integration, Orbs is utilizing the cross-chain bridge infrastructure developed by multichain.xyz, which makes applications compatible with new and legacy systems. Effective today, ORBS tokens can be swapped from the Ethereum mainnet to the BSC mainnet and back.
Once the swap is complete, the ORBS token will be visible in the Binance Wallet connected to the service. From there, users can trade, swap, and interact with the associated token as they would with any supported asset in the Binance Chain.
The rapid rise of the Ethereum-based DeFi ecosystem has fueled the migration of many relevant applications to alternative blockchains. The trend has accelerated after the expensive gas fee on the Ethereum network has limited functionality and made many defi protocols barely usable.
Is BSC the Ethereum killer?
As the Defi ecosystem continues its boom, Ethereum seems to be losing its market to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Binance’s native blockchain has become the go-to alternative for many traders, onboarding millions of users at an eye-watering pace.
As a result of BSC’s rising popularity, BNB token price has skyrocketed to become the world’s third biggest cryptocurrency, trailing only behind Bitcoin and Ether. Trading volume on Binance’s network has also outpaced that of Ethereum, a clear shift of the market to the new chain.
For Orbs, the main motivating factor for integrating Binance Chain is to give users new ways to use ORBS on various DeFi applications within the nascent ecosystem.
Orbs’ vision is to convert real-life businesses to blockchain at scale by turning the trust-enabling technology into mass-usage applications for many sectors.
The Israeli blockchain garnered attention earlier this year after partnering with Binance to fund a recently launched accelerator for decentralized finance innovation.
Named ‘DeFi.org,’ the incubator reviews submitted applications, even anonymous ones, and the one that fulfills requirements and receives approval gets the accelerator’s assistance.
Successful applicants receive many benefits and incentives including mentorship, funding from scratch and exposure to the DeFi community.
Upon receiving approval, they also get a “special consideration” if they apply to take part in Binance’s seed fund for Bridging DeFi and CeFi. In line with the sponsorship, Orbs also provides startups with a grant under the company’s Grant Program.
Meanwhile, Orbs has recently introduced a new liquidity-as-a-service application that makes access to defi easier for professional investors. Dubbed ‘Liquidity Nexus,’ the application provides a massive source of new liquidity for interested defi projects.
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