Horizen

Horizen is building a technology platform with optional privacy features that aims to enable an application-rich and inclusive ecosystem to provide people with freedom and everyday usability.

Launched in May 2017, the leading-edge platform enables real-life uses beyond its cryptocurrency - ZEN, including the ability to deploy sidechains and integrate third-party technologies.

The Horizen ecosystem consists of several layers. At the base layer, there is ZEN cryptocurrency with an optional privacy feature, which allows you to exercise control of your digital footprint. With around 38% of the current supply of ZEN staked as of December 2019, Secure and Super Nodes operate the infrastructure layer for Horizen and make it the largest node network (30000+ nodes). Secure Nodes are full nodes with TLS encryption enabled to secure inter-node communication which prevents things like man-in-the-middle attacks. Super Nodes are currently more powerful Secure Nodes. 

The infrastructure layer enables the technology platform of the industry-first fully decentralized and unfederated sidechain solutions with an open-sourced Software Development Kit (SDK) (currently in Alpha. Beta scheduled for Q1 2019), which in turn makes it possible to deploy dApps, products, and services which brings blockchain benefits to life through real-world utility. Both types of nodes are incentivized and each gets 10% of the block rewards which are then equally distributed between node operators.

Sentinel

Based on interoperable blockchain technology, Sentinel Network aims to utilize multiple chains to create a decentralized solution for resource sharing withgovernance and fair incentivization.

As team stated on their AMA, “Sentinel is a distributed Resources and Services marketplace with bandwidth as the first resource and dVPN as the first dApp or Service running on the Sentinel Network. There are additional Services like Sentinel dChat, aka Sentrix that utilize both storage and bandwidth on the Sentinel Network.”

So far, the project focused on blockchain-based decentralized VPN/Security Suite project. dVPN is the project’s first & flagship dAPP, and it is based on a peer to peer technology. It means that the network runs because of people's support - no central server. They aim to step away from centralized servers and build something that can not be monitored by governments. To achieve this, they realized early that they need to incentivize people who share unused bandwidth with dVPN customers. 

dVPN allows a person to use the VPN service or help the VPN by sharing unused bandwidth with other people in the network. If you host a Service Node for the dVPN service (contribute network bandwidth and other resources by hosting), you can monetize your resources & earn SENT.

We used Sentinel dVPN (available on Google Play) for over 12 hours without any service interruption back in Q4 2019. You can find Windows, Linux & Mac clients here.

Fantom

Fantom is aiming to be the first smart contracts platform that seeks to solve the scalability and confirmation time issues by utilizing a directed acyclic graph (DAG) for its consensus. 

By solving these issues while maintaining low transaction fees, the Fantom Foundation wants to reduce costs/increase transparency and solve our day to day problems about Smart Cities, Public Utilities, Smart Living, Health care, Education, Traffic Management, Resource Management, and Environmental Sustainability.

 

Source: https://fantom.foundation/ 

The South Korean team launched their ICO on the Ethereum blockchain, and right now, the base currency $FTM is an ERC-20 token. With the launch of their mainnet in Q3 2019, they will swap these tokens to their native token standard. These tokens will be used for staking and reward witness nodes participating in the validation of the network.

The Fantom Foundation can be found at the following address:

  • 6F, 3M Tower, 10 TeheranRo-20Gil, GangnamGu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Fantom Operations LTD, Stuarts Corporate Services Ltd. P.O. Box 2510, 4th Floor, Cayman Financial Centre, 36A Dr. Roy's Drive, Grand Cayman KY1-1104, Cayman Islands

Beam

Beam is an open-source cryptocurrency that is powered by a novel blockchain technology named the Mimblewimble protocol. The team is aiming to create a best-in-class privacy coin by offering a winning combination of privacy, usability, and eventually opt-in compliance.

According to their latest Roadmap Update, they will focus their work on Atomic Swaps, Hardware Wallets. They will also work on extending the Beam ecosystem by adding Confidential Assets, i.e., the ability to issue additional coins/tokens on top of the Beam protocol. The team will also be working on further improving the privacy of the protocol by adding Lelantus-MW - an adaptation of Lelantus privacy protocol to Mimblewimble. Other items on the 2019 roadmap include multisig Tor/I2P integration. Beam also plans to invest resources into the development of opt-in compliance features.

Beam holds the crown for being the first live network that implemented the Mimblewimble protocol. Beam is written in C++ and expands on the original proposition of Mimblewimble with some additional features.

 

Stakenet

Stakenet started its journey as POSW back in late 2016. After the initial development, the team abandoned POSW. Later X9 development team took over and used POSW as a base starting point for Stakenet and began transitioning. The project is rebranded to Stakenet at the end of Q1 2018, and a chain swap happened during that time. The project is a POS (TPoS) blockchain & also supported by Masternodes. TPoS enables users to stake their coins offline directly from their local wallets or hardware wallets like Ledger & Trezor (Stakenet’s hardware wallet Viper is also in their roadmap).

They aim to provide simple & easy to understand (even by non-technical users) features - products to build an integrated decentralized ecosystem with cross-chain interaction possibilities. 

In their words:  

“Stakenet's mission is to make the XSN framework an ecosystem for cryptocurrencies, to access all their features from one single place, that can’t be hacked, shut down, corrupted or abused. Creating a truly decentralized, private, and trustless profit-driven economy for cryptocurrencies.”

Their own coin $XSN is aimed to be used as default currency as the legal tender and gas for the entire interchain ecosystem.

“XSN Cloud” is a product they offer for carefree staking solutions of various PoS projects such as PIVX & Stratis. You can try it out here: https://cloud.stakenet.io/ & you can check out the up to date rewards here https://cloud.stakenet.io/rewards.

Another product they want to offer in the future is a Decentralized  Exchange - Stakenet dx. The masternodes supporting the network will get 100% of the fees collected.  The same goes for the rest of the applications they want to create on the Stakenet ecosystem.

Chiliz

Chiliz, powering the platform Socios.com, is an ecosystem for improving engagement between fans and their favorite sports or esports team. The fans get to be closer to their favorite club and get involved in a limited capacity to influence certain aspects of team management. The sports organizations, on the other hand, can improve their communications and relations with the fans, which should lead to increased fan commitment and loyalty.

In what Chiliz calls radical fan engagement, the aim is to provide a platform that enables an exchange between fans and their favorite team with a voting system that is designed to be difficult to compromise.  The fans get voting rights to guide some of their favorite teams’ management and strategy decisions with the help of blockchain technology. With Chiliz powering the Socios.com platform, fans can fund, support, and promote any sports or esports organizations. In turn, teams, leagues, or event organizers from any corner of the world can monetize fan demand.

Chiliz and Socios.com have potentially created a crowd management platform for teams, leagues, events, and games across multiple sports.