Ripple’s arm, Xpring which invests and incubates in companies and individuals which help improve the XRP ecosystem, invested in Bolt Labs. With the new investment, Xpring hopes to develop solutions that will help improve the security of secondary payment channels and increase the interoperability by integrating with the ILP.
Bolt is a private, off-chain scaling solution which was built on top of Z-cash, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency, has attracted more than a few well-known investors in the crypto-space and Ripple’s Xpring is one among them. In a blog, Bolt Labs said that their solution will focus not only on ZCash but also other publicly available cryptocurrencies that do not have inherent on-chain privacy features.
It also stated:
“The potential for these implementations to be networked together with technologies like Interledger opens the potential further for cross-chain interactions with these privacy guarantees baked in.”
The above statement suggests that they might have a “potential” implementation for these on Interledger Protocol [ILP]. ILP was created at Ripple developed by the Interledger W3C Community Group. ILP aims at connecting two different blockchains, to integrate two different ledgers and have seamless operations between them.
This would vastly benefit the payments industry, which is facing a revolution at the hands of a nascent technology like blockchain. Ripple, a payments provider, which is leveraging cryptocurrency and blockchain to facilitate faster payments, would benefit largely from this partnership. In addition, this could also signify a potential development on the XRP Ledger and its on-chain/off-chain privacy and the currency, XRP.
A Twitter user @XRPCentre tweeted:
“If the solutions being developed by the company are able to improve the privacy of the ILP transactions, they would also be enhancing the privacy of XRP/ILP payments, which is a very demanded feature…. It’s all about interoperability and destroying network effects. If ILP succeeds in being the best protocol for cross-protocol/ledger transactions, you’d naturally search for the best asset therein.”
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XRP/Ripple: R3’s Corda to further partnership with credit-union centric CULedger
The XRP community has added yet another accolade to its growing repertoire, with the inclusion of CULedger on R3’s Corda network. This partnership is a bid to expand the credit-union centric firm’s cross-border payment options.
A press release published on May 21 stated that the R3 Corda platform will greatly improve the payments realm for credit unions and financial cooperatives. The press release added that Corda will act as a foundation for CU Pay, the firm’s electronic funds transfer [EFT] product.
CULedger aims to leverage this partnership with R3 to help its credit unions better deal with the risks pertaining to cybersecurity, fraud, and malfeasance. In addition to this safeguarding, the association will boost “member experience, streamline internal processes and reduce administrative and operational costs.”
In lieu of this partnership, Corda Settler, the open-source Cor-DApp centered around the settlement of Corda transactions, will be integrated with CULedger and CU Pay. The press release adds,
“This will allow credit unions using CULedger’s network to choose from a variety of near-instant, secure and affordable domestic and cross-border payment options to meet theirs and their members’ needs.”
CULedger and R3’s relationship began in 2018 and now, the firm aims to further the same with the objective of CU Pay, which is pegged to launch in early 2020 and will be available for credit unions on their network.
David E. Rutter, CEO of R3 stated,
“Corda’s unique approach to privacy and security will support CULedger’s efforts to develop ground-breaking blockchain-based applications for self-sovereign digital identity and fraud detection. We look forward to working with them to create significant efficiencies for credit unions and their members.”
Adoption is reigning high for Corda, with several partnerships making the news. As per their official website, Corda has now partnered with almost 250+ organizations worldwide, and some of these partnerships include companies like Amazon Web Services [AWS], Citibank, HSBC, Huawei, Infosys, Capgemini, and Intel.
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