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Stratis Update #13

This bumper-update incorporates key internal development updates along with key information relating to Stratis Technologies and its partners.
A significant amount of focus has been placed on bringing value to our public blockchain solutions, specifically the Cirrus Token associated with the Cirrus Sidechain. This of course inherently brings a benefit to the Stratis Token.
Stratis public blockchain offerings play a significant role in providing a level of decentralisation to the more privatised blockchain solutions.
We hope that this update has provides you with some insight into the activities at Stratis HQ. Our team of distributed developers and professionals have been working relentlessly to bring Stratis Technologies to the forefront of the Blockchain Software Vendor space.
Moving forward, we will look to shift towards providing a quarterly update as this enables us to deliver much richer content for the respective projects we are working on internally.

Development Update:

The Stratis Full Node has provided a solid foundation for further development of features associated with a corporate environment. A combination of our existing extensive knowledge in blockchain technologies and the pre-existing development ethos that ensured extensibility and flexibility of our code; has enabled truly rapid development of new features.
Features such as Stratis Membership Services (SMS), Stratis Channels, Private Data, Blockchain Interoperability, and many more have been incorporated into the solution, resulting in a truly enterprise-ready solution. In addition to these stunning features, we have also developed our own Certificate Authority that comes packaged with the DLT Solution.
As with all of Stratis’ Enterprise-Ready Technologies, these solutions provide the ability to remain resilient through highly-available implementations and also scale horizontally, allowing the solution to grow with both adoption and utilisation.
More in-depth information and documentation will become publicly available in the coming months, including a blog-post for each respective Stratis Product Offering.

IdentityTrust

As we began developing solutions for specific industries, it became evident that a robust identity solution would be required to remove the employment of a centralised digital identity management solution that has become the standard.
This realisation resulted in the further development of an existing Identity product, however, the design has been altered to leverage Smart Contracts. Resulting in a truly decentralised, Self-Sovereign, and claims-based identity solution.
The concept of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) is that the digital identity of an individual is wholly owned and controlled by the individual as to who it belongs to. Segments of this identity can then be shared with individuals, organisations, and agencies, etc. with this control being administered by the individual.
A new, re-designed mobile application for both Android and iOS has been developed to complement the newly developed Identity solution. Furthermore, the production instance will utilise the Cirrus Blockchain, both rewarding Masternode Operators and providing a truly decentralised solution.

Asset Management Toolkit

In August 2018, Stratis became the first company to publish a blockchain-based WebApp on the Azure Marketplace, the Stratis ICO Platform. As time progressed, the ICO Platform was further developed to suit the needs of the individuals and companies emerging within the space, this saw the delivery of the Stratis STO Platform that incorporated many changes. Several of those changes being a direct result of our interaction with the Securities Exchange Commission via our partner, Gluon.
Once again, as Stratis Technologies grow with further development, we are presented with the opportunity to revisit solutions and further develop them to leverage these advancements. This is in addition to significant graphical changes to the user-interface to greatly improve user-experience.

As with all of Stratis’ showcases, Stratis IdentityTrust support is available and encouraged by default, highlighting our commitment to ensuring public blockchains are utilised where applicable. To further remove any hindrance of trust, token creation and issuance are now governed by a Smart Contract, enabling a truly trust-less token offering.
Whilst the platform can be employed to issue tokens on-chain to represent shares of a company or entity. It can also be leveraged as an Asset Management System to inventorise physical assets. Furthermore, through industry expert input and design and the platform is geared to become an accredited financial asset management system when combined with a Stratis DLT offering.

SupplyTrust

Another addition to the Stratis product offerings is Stratis SupplyTrust; a blockchain solution for logistics, and supply-chains. Delivering transparency, efficiencies and trust within traditional supply-chains through digital transformation.
Manufacturers, producers, wholesalers, distributors, and every participant within a supply-chain can utilise SupplyTrust product to gain a definitive understanding of the lifecycle of a product.
 
Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology provides the perfect synergy with Blockchain Technology when both delivering solutions within logistics and addressing the issues of trust and security inherent within these environments.
Data such as; temperature and humidity sensors, vibration sensors, and location data are crucial pieces of information. Hashes of this data can be stored on-chain, utilising existing IoT devices to provide transparency and confidence in a solution.
More information revolving around IoT and Stratis Technologies will be announced in due course. The decision to design and develop blockchain solutions leveraging the Microsoft .NET Framework has enabled us to wholly utilise the benefits of a rich ecosystem found with the Microsoft .NET Family.

Interoperability

We are fortunate to have a wealth of in-house experience within enterprise environments, enabling us to foresee scenarios that are all too common in a typical enterprise IT infrastructure.
This knowledge and business acumen drove the design and development of a Blockchain Interoperability Solution. We appreciate that technology decisions made within major corporations are not always consistent, furthermore, we understand that partners and vendors of the aforementioned corporations may also have existing relationships with alternate software vendors.
Blockchain Interoperability paired with the integrated support of established business communication standards forms a highly palatable blockchain solution. For both those who have already performed an internal Proof-of-Concept and are ready to take it to the next phase; alternatively, established businesses who are seeking to implement a blockchain solution whilst retaining compatibility with any relevant third-parties.
The solution currently offers full support for Hyperledger Fabric and can support any platform offering Turing complete Smart Contracts. It is also important to highlight that our Blockchain Interoperability Solution is not solely focused on enterprise deployments. In addition to the clear benefits, it brings to enterprise environments, support for leading public blockchain solutions enables and encourages the migration from alternate public blockchain solutions.

Private Data & Chain-Channels

When it comes to corporations utilising blockchain solutions, data privacy is imperative. To put that into context, envision a blockchain solution that incorporates data and input from multiple organisations.
Whilst data stored on the respective ledger may not be humanly readable, i.e. a hash of data. Legislation and governing policies will undoubtedly frown upon and restrict the sharing of senstivive data. Therefore, a solution that provides the ability to restrict and control access to the aforementioned data is crucial if it is expected to be implemented in a production environment.
The development of Stratis Private Data and Stratis Chain-Channels and combined utilisation provides organisations the ability to store sensitive data within a separate ledger, whilst retaining a relationship with the primary ledger. This concept allows for role-based access controls to be put in place for such data to be accessed.
Furthermore, expiration dates can be enforced for privately stored data, ensuring that data is purged after a defined period or event. Such functionalities are crucial when considering regulatory requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation.
These features are essential when considering the adoption of such technology within corporate and enterprise environments. The ability to promptly develop and integrate such features is a testament to the extensible foundations developed by Stratis.

Infrastructure as Code

As we brace ourselves for Enterprise Deployments of Stratis Technology, we recognise that we must not be tied to a specific Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solution with the solution we provide. Furthermore, it’s also imperative that we can ensure consistency with supported deployments to aid the support process if an issue was to arise.
Enter Kubernetes.
We have now designed and implemented both development and production environments for both public and private solutions leveraging Kubernetes. The utilisation of Kubernetes allows us to take advantage of the feature-rich framework provided.
This enables, but is not limited to;
• Simple Command Deployment
• Resiliency
• Self-Healing Solutions
• On-Premise, Hybrid or Cloud environment support

Wallet Update

The updated Stratis Core Wallet has completed its extensive release candidate phase and will shortly be released. We will actively encourage stakers to migrate to this wallet as it is the only released wallet that signals for Cold-Staking activation.
The current status of Cold-Staking activation can be viewed on the community ran stratis.guru website.
Stratis Core 2.0 incorporates a change to the way wallets are stored on disk, this change results in significant increases in performance resulting in a greater user-experience when restoring and/or resyncing a wallet. Additionally, there has been a change to the User-Interface as a whole to increase the overall experience.
The Cirrus Core Wallet has also seen enhancements, similar to the aforementioned changes to the Stratis Core 2.0 Wallet. There have also been some changes to the way user-addresses are displayed, specifically within the Token Management panel, as a result of community feedback. The release of the Cirrus Core Wallet will follow shortly after the release of Stratis Core 2.0.
Feedback received by the community is truly invaluable and enables us to confidently release our wallet software. We would like to thank those that participate in the community testing and provide their feedback through the relevant channels.

Stratis Academy

The Stratis Academy has undergone a restructure. This results in developers being able to navigate the Academy more pragmatically.
More importantly, in addition to the restructure, public API’s for all Stratis Networks is now available and ready to be interacted with. This enables developers to interact with Stratis Blockchains without the need to have their own fully synced node.

Descriptions and examples have been created for all available endpoints too, ensuring there is an adequate explanation as to what you can expect from the endpoints.
https://academy.stratisplatform.com/swagger/


 

Hackathon Update

Following on from the successful Stratis Smart Contract Challenge that saw several fantastic business use-case developments using Stratis Technology. Another Hackathon has been launched, specifically focusing on how Stratis Blockchain Technology can assist with the current pandemic.
The #BlockchainCOVID19 Hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that tackle challenges that have been highlighted by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Stratis Blockchain Technology can provide efficiencies, clarity, transparency, and traceability within one of the many industries affected by the current pandemic. A number of these industries have been highlighted on the #BlockchainCOVID19 landing page. To further assist developers, both new and current, additional content has been incorporated in the Stratis Academy as well as a rapidly deployable development network within Docker to get you started right away.
There are still 19-Days left to submit your solution to the #BlockchainCOVID19 Hackathon. With three cash prizes available for selected winners, this is a great opportunity for developers to invest time into either growing or demonstrating your blockchain skills to build a solution that can truly make a difference.

Jonny Fry joins Stratis Advisory board

Jonny Fry co-founder and CEO of TeamBlockchain Ltd, is a Blockchain, Crypto, Digital Assets and funds specialist, with over 25 years’ experience as CEO of an asset management business which he floated on the London Stock Exchange with over £1Billion under management.

His focus has been on the dynamics of financial innovation, advising on how Blockchain, Digital Assets are being used in the commercial world, he is also a regular speaker on these topics in the UK and overseas.
He writes a weekly analysis that takes over 20 hours to research and write called Digital Bytes, which subscribers then use the content and create their own branded version to send to staff and clients offering insight to some of the developments in the Blockchain and Digital Asset sectors. This is now used by a variety of professional advisors, corporate brokers, accountants, lawyers, business schools, universities, trade bodies and corporations globally.
He is Non-Executive Chairman of Gemini Ltd, which is regulated by the FCA, a Co-founder of The British Blockchain Frontier Technology Association (BBFTA) and sits on the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain).He has helped a number of blockchain business and is an advisor for several companies helping them with their strategic growth and managing corporate and reputational risk.

Stratis Sidechain Masternodes Update

We are pleased to announce the release of Cirrus Sidechain Masternodes will be on the 1st July 2019.
This release includes Stratis Smart Contracts in C# and will be made available for community testing two weeks prior on the 17th June 2019 to allow Masternode Operators to familiarize themselves with operating a Sidechain Masternode and to allow users to interact with the Cirrus Sidechain.
The community testing period is scheduled to last two weeks with the objective to receive valuable feedback. The network will then be restarted and announced as a full production release.

Stratis Q4 Development Roadmap

The Stratis Q4 Development Roadmap is now publicly available and provides an overview of the key deliverables to come from Stratis heading into the new year. Much of this work begun during Q3 of this year and the end of 2018 will see Stratis deliver a number of our core product offerings that will set us up for further customer engagement moving into 2019.
Stratis Full Node Production Release
The Stratis Full Node will be delivered as a production ready release. This will allow Stratis to embark on moving to a full C# Mainnet network.
Stratis Sidechains Production Release
Stratis Sidechains will be deployable on Stratis Mainnet allowing companies to create their own customized sidechains off the Stratis mainchain.
Smart Contracts in C# Production Release
The release of Stratis Smart Contracts in C# is scheduled for Q4 of this year. This will allow the development and deployment of Smart Contracts in C# onto Stratis sidechains.
Stratis ICO Platform V2
New features are being integrated into the Stratis ICO Platform. These features are based on feedback received from organisations utilising our ICO platform and also enhancements scheduled as part of our ongoing product development.
Stratis Cold Staking
The implementation of Stratis Cold Staking as part of the roadmap will enable Stratis holders to stake their balance in a cold-wallet. The activation of this technology is subject to the adoption of the Stratis Full Node.
Stratis DLT
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is a requirement for the large majority of private institutions. Stratis has been diligently developing a C# DLT solution to fit the needs of organizations looking to utilize blockchain technology within a private environment.
Stratis Core
Stratis Core will be updated with the production ready instance of the Stratis Full Node. This will be our wallet to replace the existing StratisX (QT) staking wallet.
Breeze
The Breeze Wallet will be updated with additional features and will utilize the production ready instance of the Stratis Full Node.
Stratis Academy
There is a focus on creating even more content on the Stratis Academy allowing developers and organizations to gain a deeper understanding of how they can build on top of the Stratis Platform. In addition, the Stratis Academy user interface will have a new look and feel.
Breeze Privacy Protocol for STRAT
Following the successful release of the Breeze Privacy Protocol for Bitcoin we will also be delivering the same functionality for STRAT. This will enable users to increase their anonymity when interacting with the Stratis token.

Masternode Mainnet Beta Release


Today we are delighted to announce the availability of our Masternodes product in a beta version. The Masternodes alpha was successfully released in October, and as a result, we are now ready to move this technology onto the Stratis and Bitcoin Mainnet.
Masternodes provide a resilient, discoverable, and trustless service on the blockchain. This is implemented through a node service advertisement protocol and a client discovery protocol.
The source code is available in the below link and we have also provided a detailed ‘Masternode Set-Up and Configuration for Windows’ User Guide.
Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol Mainnet beta release will be available on Monday 11th December.
Please note our live alpha test Masternode server will no longer be available.
Source Code
http://www.github.com/BreezeHub/BreezeProject
Set-Up and Configuration Guide
https://www.stratisplatform.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Stratis-Masternode-Installation-Guide-Windows.pdf
For more information about how the Masternode registration protocols work please see this technical blog post:
https://www.stratisplatform.com/2017/10/30/masternode_registration_protocol/
 

Stratis Q4 Update


With just a few weeks remaining in the fourth quarter, it is an opportune moment for us to provide a status of where we are against our ‘Stratis Q4 Roadmap’ deliverables and to outline more details regarding the remaining items.
The roadmap diagram below details the completed deliverables thus far in Q4 2017. Our aim is to finish the year strong and continue the momentum into Q1 2018.

 
Remaining Q4 Deliverables Update
Full Node Alpha Release
The Full Node alpha release will see Stratis release the first full blockchain implementation in C#, this framework provides a full node with fully modular functionality. This release will introduce the new Stratis Full Node a UI, which will allow users to Stake for the first time using our full node framework.
Release Date: 18th December 2017
Breeze Wallet MainNet with Privacy Protocol (Powered by Tumblebit)
This will be the first wallet of its kind, a fully featured multi-currency wallet focused on privacy and is powered by the innovative Tumblebit technology. The release includes the full end to end solution with MasterNodes and an enhanced UI that graphically indicates how far the privacy protocol has progressed for each coin.
Release Date: 11th December 2017
Stratis Academy Platform
The Stratis Academy Platform has been developed and tested. Course content has been designed and is currently under development.
Update: 1st December 2017
Stratis Sidechains
Sidechains development is well underway including a proof of concept. A dedicated team is working on delivering an alpha release. A further project update will be provided in mid-December 2017.
Smart Contracts
Development has started on the Stratis Virtual Machine. We are making great progress on this project and are on course to meet our Stratis Smart Contracts implementation in Q1 2018.
Blockchain Expo North America 2017 (Santa Clara)
Stratis will be attending the BlockChain Expo North America 2017. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our products and technology.
Event Date: 28th – 30th November 2017
 

Breeze Beta Release


The beta release of the Breeze wallet is now available and represents a significant milestone in our development roadmap schedule.
There has been extensive work undertaken since the alpha release in order to move the Breeze wallet to the beta status. A key development since the alpha release is the Breeze wallet now supports two currencies running side by side: Stratis and Bitcoin respectively.
The release encompasses user interface enhancements and provides updates with regards to stability.
Existing Breeze Wallet Holders
There have been a number of updates, therefore, any users which have an existing Breeze wallet will need to perform the following steps before starting the app:

  1. Make sure you have your mnemonics and your passwords for these wallets

2. Delete all the files in the following folders:
%AppData%\StratisNode on Windows or ~/.stratisnode on MacOS and Linux

  1. Choose wallet recovery on start-up and use your mnemonic and password

Breeze Wallet Download
The Breeze wallet is available to be downloaded from the below link:
https://github.com/stratisproject/Breeze/releases/tag/v0.2.0-beta

Stratis Roadmap 2017-2018


Today we would like to share with you our Stratis Roadmap 2017-2018.
We are excited to highlight our achievements during the current year and wish to provide an insight into our future product roadmap. Among those completed milestones in our product development cycle are as follows:

  • Stratis Full Node
  • Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol (Bitcoin Alpha testnet)
  • Breeze Wallet with Tumblebit (Bitcoin alpha Testnet)
  • Stratis Identity App

We will continue to communicate updates of the roadmap deliverables via a series of blogposts. The roadmap provides a good insight into the bright future of Stratis as we move into Q4 and we look forward to a successful 2018.
Thanks for your support.
 
 
 

Stratis Mobile App Update

We are happy to announce an experimental update on the Stratis App. In this new release we have made available the exchange capability between BTC/STRAT pairs provided by Changelly.
The update is available for both iOS and Android devices. As of today you should have received an update message from the corresponding app store:
iOS Users: should receive an update notification. Just accept the update and proceed to the app.
Android users: If you haven’t received the notification, visit the Google Play app store and find the Stratis app. You should have the “Update” option active. Follow the prompts to update the app.
 

In order to buy/sell cryptocurrencies you need to enter your information in the provided fields.

Note:
Exchange capabilities are provided by Changelly
Stratis Group is not responsible for use of the Changelly functionality, any lost of funds or other issues with your transactions, and we do not provide support for transactions provided by Changelly. We recommend you make sure the addresses are correct and make sure you are operating with the correct currencies.
We would like to thank Stratis community member @alifar (Twitter: @AlifarSEO ) for this great update. As usual we welcome any feedback to further improve the user experience in our mobile app.

Stratis Roadmap: Work in Progress

Dear Stratis community,
We are very aware of the urgency for the updated Stratis roadmap, and it is indeed THE priority for Stratis. But it’s proven to be the most challenging task as an organization.
We have top experts working on it, cause the idea is that when we release it, we want to be certain to have our developers on board with it, considering all the implications and complications of developing new tech, that the milestones and the expectations will be realistic, and that are not going to change (as much) midway. Also we have to balance not revealing too much of our business strategies, and finally we have to show this data in a professional manner.
The process is advancing and we apologize for how long it’s taking to get this right. Today we will continue the review process and we expect to have by the end of this week, at minimum, a public high-level roadmap update from the developer side, that we all are comfortable with.
As you can see by following the corresponding channels, our development team continues to make great progress in all fronts and we expect to maintain a healthy pace with new updates and tech releases.
Thanks for your patience!

Breeze Wallet Alpha Release Postponed

We have just got word that the Breeze Wallet Alpha Release had to be postponed due to the fact that the development team has hit several issues running final tests. We apologize for the delay and want to share with you the official statement from the Breeze Wallet team:
As you know we are hard at work on the latest alpha release of Breeze. We are fortunate to be working with some of the leading cryptographers and developers in the crypto-currency space and occasionally their work and reviews surface integration delays and issues such as the one below. Rest assured that this is a normal part of our software development process and is designed to produce a high quality and secure product.
Please bear with us and look out for a new super-secure version of Breeze. Alpha coming soon.

A second bug we are currently addressing:

Thanks for your patience!
The Stratis Team

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