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Stratis 3.0

It has been over five years since Stratis broke onto the scene, making waves within the blockchain space with the innovative development of blockchain solutions and a unique blockchain platform. Stratis’ platform, uniquely tailored to Microsoft technologies

Stratis Python SDK

Stratis is delighted to announce the release of a Python SDK, enabling Python Developers to begin utilizing Stratis Blockchain Technologies in a programming language they are already familiar with. Python is renowned as one of the most widely

Stratis Sidechain Application

As mentioned in our Stratis Sidechain Masternode announcement last week, to progress the allocation of Masternodes for the Cirrus Sidechain, an application form would be made available to begin the enrolment process.
You can now apply to become a Masternode operator on the Cirrus sidechain by completing the form on the below page.
https://www.stratisplatform.com/sidechain-application/
You will need to run the Stratis KeyGen utility that can be obtained via the below link.
Stratis Keygen Utility
The application process will be available until the 31st March 2019.
In addition to making the application form available, Stratis has incorporated design changes to the collateral requirement for both Masternode Tiers. We are happy to announce the collateral will now be held within a Stratis Mainchain wallet allowing token holders to continue staking whilst securing the Cirrus Sidechain.
This decision was made based on the feedback from the community on the original announcement and enables holders of the Stratis token to continue gaining staking rewards on the Stratis Mainchain whilst operating a Masternode.
Information regarding the hardware requirements for operating a Masternode and key dates will be announced after the imminent major release of Stratis Core.
 

Stratis Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)


We are excited to announce that Stratis Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is now available as a production release. With a Stratis DLT solution, enterprise customers can deploy private, federated blockchain solutions that are capable of storing and tracking information other than the ownership of a cryptographic token.
Like the Stratis C# Full Node, Stratis DLT is written entirely in C# on the Microsoft .NET Framework. By leveraging the Stratis C# Full Node, a Stratis DLT solution enables enterprises to deploy performant, private and optimised blockchain solutions within their environments. In addition, the features you would expect from an enterprise offering are readily available, including rights assignment and scalability.
Chris Trew, CEO and Founder of Stratis Group Ltd stated:

This is a great achievement for Stratis, enabling Stratis Technologies to be flexible and meet the needs of organizations in both the private and public sectors that require a bespoke private solution.

Stratis is already working with customers to deploy DLT – for more information and to deploy the Stratis DLT solution in your business, contact the Stratis Consultancy team here.

Stratis Partners with UK Meds


Stratis is pleased to announce our latest partnership with the UK’s fastest growing online pharmacy, UK Meds.
UK Meds is the fastest growing online pharmacy in the UK, digitally handling between 3,000 and 4,000 patient prescriptions each day. The company will deploy Stratis’ blockchain technology to improve patient safety across the online pharmacy sector as a whole, reducing instances of patients ordering multiple prescriptions.
By ensuring each patient’s request for a prescription is logged on a shared and immutable distributed ledger across a group of UK online pharmacies, the programme ensures patients can only access prescribed quantities of medication. Doctors dealing with online consultations and pharmacies preparing medication will have the ability to cross reference patients using a unique identifier assigned to each individual. Any previous request for medication across all online pharmacies in the programme will be easily referenceable using Stratis’ technology, ensuring patients receive correct prescriptions.
Joe Soiza, CEO at UK Meds commented:

Despite screening our own customers by IP addresses, phone numbers, cookies and many other factors, there isn’t a cross-industry solution to identify patients attempting to obtain multiple orders of drugs, with opioids being a particular example. Clearly our entire industry needs to come together to ensure we do everything possible to protect the vulnerable and utilizing Stratis’ technology can help us achieve that.
The Stratis Platform provides a highly secure blockchain solution that can be shared across the industry to provide a trusted and verifiable record of patient requests for medicine. We are initiating this programme, and we have over 10 online pharmacies onboard already. It’s our ambition for this to become the de facto standard across the entire UK industry.

Stratis’ technology will also be used to improve UK Meds’ own supply-chain by deploying Stratis’ Smart Contracts in C#, this is essentially code running on top of a blockchain enabling them to undertake specific tasks, at critical stages. In combination with track and trace logistics solutions, each shipment of medication will be logged on the blockchain when originally produced by the manufacturer, during points of distribution and again on arrival at UK Meds to certify pharmaceutical shipments are correctly packed, arrive in fine condition and remain securely sealed in the correct quantity.
Chris Trew, CEO at Stratis added:

This is a great example of blockchain being deployed where its unique qualities will make a real difference. Using traditional IT solutions to solve this issue would require a significant expense and would undoubtedly be administered by a third-party organization. With blockchain, the industry can cooperate on the critical issue of patient safety using a shared version of the truth.

Breeze with Privacy Protocol Mainnet Release


The Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol public Mainnet release is now available and represents a key step in our product development roadmap. The Breeze Wallet showcases our technology with a strong emphasis on privacy and security on the blockchain network. This primarily serves organizations that want to obfuscate business to business transactions securely on the blockchain.
This version of the Breeze Wallet includes the Breeze Privacy Protocol feature as well as a user-friendly interface.  It also features the Masternode Client Discovery protocol where the blockchain is used to discover, validate, and connect to a Stratis Masternode, which provides the privacy protocol service. This discovery process is undertaken in a decentralized and trustless manner that is resistant to network disruption.
This is a Mainnet release and is now open to the public. Enhancements made to both the Breeze Wallet user interface and the Masternode Client Discovery Protocol have been incorporated into this release.
For more information about how the Breeze Masternode registration protocols works, please visit this technical blog post:
/2017/10/30/masternode_registration_protocol/
Download the Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol for Mainnet from the link below. The wallet will then automatically discover and connect to an available Mainnet Stratis Masternode.
Download
https://github.com/BreezeHub/BreezeProject/releases/latest
User Guides
Download for Breeze Wallet User Guide
/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Breeze-Wallet-with-Privacy-Protocol-User-Guide-v1.1.pdf
Download for Stratis MasterNode User Guide
/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Stratis-Masternode-Installation-Guide-for-Windows-v1.2.pdf

Stratis Blockchain Generation Technology


Stratis is announcing an exciting milestone in our mission to provide blockchain services to the enterprise. We have achieved the capability to provide custom blockchains based on Stratis Blockchain Technology. This technology is ready today and can begin to be deployed to eagerly awaiting enterprise customers.
Our Stratis Blockchain Generation Technology allows the Stratis Consulting team to create a new blockchain along with wallets, mining and full node infrastructure running on .NET Core using C#. This makes digital asset issuance, custodianship, and ownership transfer on the blockchain a reality for all businesses.
The technology allows the creation of a private blockchain (with its own genesis block) and therefore a new coin. Bespoke versions of the Stratis Full Node are then deployed across the network and a blockchain is born. The blocks can then be mined using either ‘Proof of Work’ or ‘Proof of Stake’ mining. Wallets can be branded with your coin/asset and include your custom coin address scheme.
New public blockchains are also supported.
Customizations will also be available to enterprises that have bespoke requirements such as bigger block sizes, different block intervals or new consensus rules. And because these customizations can be rapidly developed on .NET Core in C# this opens a huge range of possibilities for the enterprise.
Stratis Blockchain Generation Technology works with Microsoft Azure or is deployable on premises or on other cloud network infrastructures.
 

Masternodes Advertisement and Discovery Protocol

We are excited to announce the alpha release of the Stratis Masternode technology.

The Masternodes feature a Service Advertisement Protocol where services are registered on the blockchain and subsequently made discoverable by client applications.

Masternode Service Advertisement Protocol

This part of the protocol advertises that a Masternode hosts a particular service. It works as follows:

1. The Masternode operator chooses which services they wish to host then configures and starts the Masternode.

2. The Masternode performs a small micro transaction on Stratis mainnet which is committed to the blockchain in the normal manner.

3. The transaction includes a small amount of service specific tokenized data that is used by the Client Discovery Protocol. This data could be a standard internet address Uniform Resource Locator (url) or an IP Address, for example.

4. The Masternode monitors any changes to the data represented in the tokenized data and will perform a superseding update transaction if required.

Masternode Client Discovery Protocol

A client application, such as Breeze Wallet with the Breeze Privacy Protocol, can read the tokenized data on the blockchain as follows:

1. The client application includes a Stratis Blockchain technology component that receives blockchain blocks as they are added to the Stratis Mainnet blockchain. This is similar to a wallet that receives new blocks as it processes transactions.

2. The Stratis Blockchain technology component examines the transactions in the block and picks out the data.

3. The component passes this data to the main part of the application to be used for service connection or other application specific purposes.

Advantages

The decoupling described creates a robust, trustless, decentralized advertisement and discovery mechanism that is resistant to manipulation or censorship.

Masternode Support in the Breeze Privacy Protocol (powered by TumbleBit)

The Breeze Privacy Protocol is the first Stratis Service to support Stratis Masternodes. The Masternode release includes the Breeze Privacy Protocol Service. Here the Masternode Service Discovery Protocol is used to advertise the internet address of the Breeze Privacy Protocol Service hosted inside the Masternode. When a user of the Breeze Wallet wishes to use the Breeze Privacy Protocol, the application has available a list of Masternodes hosting the service which it has discovered through the Masternode Service Advertisement and Discovery Protocol.

Testnet and Mainnet

The release of the Stratis Masternode is configured for testnet however the Advertisement and Discovery Protocol is mainnet ready.

Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol (powered by TumbleBit)

Download and try the beta testnet version of Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol here and try connecting to our Masternode:

https://github.com/BreezeHub/Breeze/releases/tag/v0.2.0-privacy-alpha

Masternode Release

If you wish you can download and configure a Masternode yourself. The instructions and source code are available here:

https://github.com/BreezeHub/BreezeProject

Feedback

Please get in touch to provide your feedback. You will find us on Slack or come see us on GitHub.

Stratis Masternodes Alpha Release

Today we have reached another significant milestone in our roadmap as we release our Stratis Masternodes product.

This major release includes the following:

  • A live running Masternode running on Microsoft Azure.
  • The Masternodes fully support our new Service Discovery Protocol and are currently configured to run our Breeze Privacy Protocol service.
  • A new version of the Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol (powered by TumbleBit) that features the Masternode Client Discovery Protocol.
  • The Masternode technology implements a collateral verification feature that requires the node operator provide 250,000 Strat to be held in a watched address on the blockchain. This requirement helps to incentivize the supply of appropriate resources required to operate the network.

These technologies work together to solve the problem of providing useful services on the network where Masternodes host and advertise their services on the blockchain while client applications use the blockchain to discover and connect to those services.

This delivers a robust, trustless, decentralized advertisement and discovery mechanism that is resistant to manipulation or censorship.

Our first such service, the Breeze Privacy Protocol, is available as a Masternode service today with more exciting Masternode services coming soon.

Download

Download a version of our Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol (powered by TumbleBit):

https://github.com/Breezehub/Breeze/releases/tag/v0.2.0-privacy-alpha

Masternode Source Code on BreezeHub:

https://github.com/BreezeHub/BreezeProject/

Look out for more information today including a detailed post and a technical paper with full details of how the technology works.

Product Development Update


We are well into Q4 and wish to share the progress on our exciting Q4 Product Development Roadmap. There have been great strides made since our last update and below is an insight into the key milestones achieved in our development so far.
Breeze Wallet
The upcoming Breeze Alpha 1.2 release enables running both Stratis and Bitcoin networks in parallel all while operating in full block SPV mode. Breeze being able to operate on multiple blockchains was one of the last tasks we had to complete before we could release the Breeze MasterNodes. This release will contain the MasterNode registration and discovery protocol, allowing:

  • Stratis and Bitcoin running side by side in Full Block SPV mode
  • Improved transaction details including confirmations
  • Improved privacy, randomized input selection
  • Fee estimation


The Breeze Alpha 1.2 release is scheduled for 23rd October.
 
Stratis MasterNodes
The Breeze Node (MasterNode) alpha will be released on the 30th October, which utilizes Stratis Blockchain technology to host secure, resilient and distributed services.
The MasterNodes allow operators to advertise the services they offer on the blockchain – which in turn are discoverable and consumed by clients such as the Breeze Wallet.
The release will include the first such service which is the Breeze Privacy Protocol (powered by TumbleBit). In order to allow a wide audience for the release, this test version will have no collateral lock down requirement.
The Stratis Breeze nodes will be the first MasterNodes that allow operators to earn Bitcoin, we are very excited about this release.
 
Stratis Full Node GUI

We have carried major updates to the Stratis Full Node and nStratis framework. Below are a few of the key developments undertaken by our Full Node team:

  • Proof of Stake code has been extensively tested and improved ensuring it is more robust and efficient
  • Interoperability testing with the soon to be legacy QT based StratisX wallet
  • Significant performance enhancements
  • Increased stability
  • Extending the test coverage

The Alpha release is on schedule for our Q4 deliverable.
 
Stratis Academy
The Stratis academy development process is nearing a MVP.
Our selection of a hybrid ‘Learning and Community’ management system will create a nurturing environment based on the education of blockchain, introduction of real world tech solutions and development of blockchain projects.
Stratis technology will be the base for developers to get introduced to and get involved with the blockchain. Content and course work is currently being compiled, further developed and produced.
 

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