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“Mass Adoption is the Direction Things Are Taking” – Lionel Wolberger, CTO and Co-Founder of Platin

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Platin is a new blockchain token-based ecosystem which powers an infrastructure platform that incorporates a proprietary programming language (‘SolidityGEO’), all in the name of accomplishing a so-called decentralized ‘Proof of Location’ protocol.

We reached out to the team to find out more about how their solution works, the current state and future vision.

The result of this outreach was a warm reception from the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder Lionel Wolberger, with whom we discussed such topics as well as Platin’s: objectives, company ethos, and views on the current state of the crypto space.

Who is Behind Platin?

Lionel Wolberger’s experience with cryptocurrency and blockchain spans as far back as 2011, where he “spoke about it at Cisco Secure Video where our team of cryptographers included the inventor of Public Key Cryptography himself, Prof. Adi Shamir.”.

It wasn’t until two years later before Wolberger got the opportunity to professionally re-engage with crypto technology, when he participated in an experiment on behalf of the Internet Identity Workshop “and decided to study it more closely and see what it was all about.”

In 2017, Lionel Wolberger created Platin alongside co-founder Allon Mason when they “identified the potential for a secure and lightweight Proof of Location protocol on the blockchain.”. Wolberger met mason during academia at Cornell University, having

“always admired his drive and passion for the projects he has developed over the years, particularly XPLace an online marketplace with hundreds of thousands of users and multi-million dollar annual turnover.”

Wolberger also highlights the fact that the team is working alongside secure-location advisor Professor Srdjan Capkun (Director of the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center, ZISC), which he calls a “privilege”.

“Dr. Capkun is an ideal advisor, as he sits on the major standards committees, and has an inside track to secure GPS and other important technologies associated with secure proof of location.”

What is Platin?

Whilst participating in the “’colored coin’ experiment’” for the Internet Identity Workshop, Wolberger had a fundamental epiphone with regards to his perception of blockchain and the purpose of cryptocurrency:

“it’s not about currency, but an asset tracking system of decentralized trust that could also provide the basis for so much more than just currencies.”

As such, Platin’s purpose is to provide a utility-token based platform which they (on their website) describe as a system for the “Geo-location of digital assets (cryptocurrencies, documents, images, etc.), anywhere on the map, anywhere in the world, in real time.”.

There are a wide range of uses for geo-locational software, from marketing to emergency broadcasting regarding critical events such as national disasters. Official use-cases include:

Lionel Wolberger lists, among the key values of Platin its hardware agnosticism as well as its interoperable nature.

“Interoperable refers to Platin’s protocol, that it is cleanly defined and independent, enabling it to work with many other products or systems, at present or in the future, in many possible implementations with few restrictions. This is achieved by having a clean interface (API, SDK) and is essential as Platin is needs to inter-operate with Android, Apple, many backend systems and blockchain assets.

“Hardware agnostic refers to one aspect of Platin’s Proof of Location protocol, its ability to work with any — all, i possible — geospatially relevant signal sources. This will certainly include GPS, cll towers and wifi, but will extend to BLE, LoRA, Ultrasound, indeed any signal that has relevance for a Proof of Location. This is achieved by having a clear definition of Proof of Location and how a device’s location relates to all this other data.”

Furthermore, the team is planning to implement cross-chain compatibility in the future, including Ethereum / EOS.

A Security Focus

Security is also a key concern and this is echoed in our interview as well as across the website for Platin. The company even mentions KYC / AML with its list of use-cases for the platform.

One way which the company seeks to achieve this is through the use of hardware cold-storage systems for the safe-keeping of all tokens, with their first wallet integration being TrustWallet. They also, according to Wolberger, are anticipating a future partnership with Ledger.

Lionel Wolberger claims that

“Platin has security and privacy baked-in from the start. Some features that reflect this approach include.

  • Platin’s architecture starts with individuals storing their own data, with blinded commitments shared to the network.
  • Platin’s functionality is “opt-in” based, reflecting a deep respect for our users as sovereign digital actors. You opt-in for the sharing of data, whatever you are comfortable with. The default is no sharing.
  • One of our Platin’s hires was a full-time cryptographer, and we are open sourcing our first zero knowledge cryptographic achievement: a ZK Range proof of bounded location. This shows our cryptographic and security passion.
  • Platin’s default pattern is “send the algorithm to the user,” rather than, “have the user send their data to the network.” Our Artificial Intelligence is privacy-preserving in this way.
  • Platin’s three pillars of security are orthogonal, working together to create a secure proof of location that would not be possible with any one of those pillars”

Geolocation and Geofencing

With use cases including retail shopping and other location-based rewards initiatives, Platin incorporates (and is responsible for the effective utilization of) specific technical and methodological processes pertaining to their geo-locational solution / protocol.

This scenario is made fully possible using a technology called ‘geo-fencing’ which is essentially, according to Wolberger, “An ability to restrict and define usage within the boundaries of their regulatory and legal jurisdiction.”

“imagine that a national supermarket chain airdrops coupon for 10% off certain items to celebrate the launch of their new store However, they do not want these coupons to be redeemable at other locations as they want to drive traffic to this new store.

“With a special smart contract, the coupon will only work within the geo-fenced area around the new store.”

Attempts at geo-location are most effective with both the consent and honest participation of both direct and third-party sourced users. Considering tech scandals surrounding personal and public data privacy & security, it has become increasingly difficult to encourage people to confide their personal data sincerely.

This is where rewards-based systems such as Platin come in.

Humanitarian Aid (A Use Case)

Another key use case cited, which Wolberger doubles down on in our discussion is that of charitable coin drops…

“We think it is incredibly important to focus on use cases such as humanitarian aid airdrops.

“While our technology has broad commercial uses, our team is passionate about seeing the project bring new ways to enable ordinary people use cryptocurrency, and an ideal win/win use case is the ability to transfer crypto to people who need assistance.

“Blockchain and cryptocurrency can often seem intimidating to people, but mass adoption is the direction things are taking. Platin wants to ensure that everyone can access and utilize this technology to utilize decentralized funds in a beneficial and potentially life-saving way.”

These partnerships include IsraAID (with whom theys already signed an agreement) in addition to the Swiss Red Cross (with whom they are currently in discussions), where Platin plans to further develop and test their systems and processes with regards to how they will integrate geo-location focused / geo-fenced cryptocurrency airdrops.

Another, tangentially related use-case is:

“the Tokyo Olympics airdrops… we are currently discussing the opportunity with our Tokyo-based partners.

“The Olympics has traditionally seen technological innovation, such as instant replay, virtual video graphics and most recently 5G deployments. This is the year of blockchain, and we look forward to announcing details once we are permitted.”

Final Words

All these features, aims and objectives are tied together by the fact that they are all built upon not only a proprietary – but also a home-grown programming language which third parties can leverage for their own projects when working on the Platin blockchain.

“SolidityGEO extends Ethereum’s Solidity language, GEOS extends EOS’s C++ language. These will equip our partners for fast onboarding into location proofs on the blockchain.”

SolidityGEO is what Platin calls a “location-aware language” created to help the utilisation and implementation of geographic demarcation for token distribution, rewards and airdrops. It will additionally include ZK-Snarks and Starks zero-knowledge proof mechanisms as well as general operating standards such as ISO and W3C.

Finally, with regards to the future:

“Proximity radio technology is being deployed steadily, without any loud publicity. 5G, RTT-enabled Wi-Fi, and IEEE secure proximity radio standards promise highly accurate distance readings via radio. The average person feels this progress in the slow spread of keyless entry–just having a key, fob or smartphone in your pocket to unlock a desired resource such as your car or home. Platin has partners in this space and there are sure to be exciting announcements in the next six months (though they will be quite technical, they will promise rapid progress).”

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Zcash Price Analysis: $100 Bargain Buying

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  • ZEC/USD is running at four consecutive daily sessions closing in the red.
  • Chunky buying interest looks healthy within the $100 price region.

ZEC/USD is currently stuck within a very stubborn bearish trend, as seen across the crypto market wide. Several key areas have been breached, however the ZEC/USD bulls are heavily defending vital support territories. The price is running at its fourth consecutive session in the red, having lost over 25% within this trading period.

Recent Bull Failure

As covered in the previous article, the bulls were penetrating near-term stubborn resistance, seen just above $140 territory. Six solid sessions, ZEC/USD had tried to break above, but very much so failed, as a result, the price headed deeply south. Large spikes in volumes were seen with the move lower. It was forced to its lowest levels in over nine weeks.

Downside Targets

ZEC/USD daily chart

First of all, looking to the downside, there is much cover in terms of safety nets for the falling price. Chunky areas of demand are seen tracking from $108 all the way down to $96. In the latest moves lower, buyers have heavy defended a total free-fall. The mentioned demand region did prove its reliability back in the middle of September, during a heavy bear market.

ZEC/USD weekly chart

Observations from the weekly chart look potentially dangerous, should the bearish momentum maintain its current course. A firm breach through the $100 buying area could be devastating. The next firm area, given this is very much uncharted, can be seen at the round $90 level, which is a weekly support area. Further to the downside, $75 is the next target. This is a consolidation area, which was seen prior to the chunky bull run from the back end of April to June.

Above all, price behavior still points to further potential heavy moves lower. Following the weighted pressure on Wednesday and Thursday, price action has stabilized, trading in a consolidation nature. The range has narrowed, moving within $114 – 107. As a result, the current formation can be perceived as a bearish flag pattern, which is subject to extended moves south.

ZEC/USD 4-hour chart

Upside Targets

The $100 territory is very much attractive, as detailed above, historically for buyers. Should bullish momentum kick in around these levels, there is opportunity for a strong upside run. The ZEC/USD bulls will need to retest $140 area; given the number of times this has been tested, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a fast breach. Finally, looking further north, $160 could come quickly into play, high area of early September.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Has Fallen Through Vital Support; Where Next?

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  • Critical support for LTC/USD was breached just under the $50 area, leaving the door open to further downside pressure.
  • LTC/USD is moving within a range/consolidation block, subject to another explosive move.

LTC/USD has remained firmly within a downside trend, showing no signs of that shifting anytime soon. Out of the last ten sessions, LTC/USD has closed on the daily in the red for nine of those. Litecoin having lost as much as 27% within this trading period, a move which is generally inline with the rest of the greater market. The focus is now on where LTC/USD will find its feet on some firm ground.

Daily Chart View

LTC/USD daily chart

Looking via the daily time frame, the price has extended through a known touted demand area. This was seen tracking from the big psychological $50 mark, down to $47.50. LTC/USD has previously been comforted by this zone on several occasions. It proved support in August, September and October. This area has always having proven to see decent buyers come in to send the price back on its way north.

4-Hour Chart View

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

Current price behavior remains somewhat worrying via the 4-hour, after the deep drop, LTC/USD has entered a small range block. It is currently licking its wounds, following the bears vicious attack. The price is moving tightly, between $45.00 to $42.50 at the time of writing. Given this technical move being observed, it would not be too surprising if this takes another stab lower. Typically range blocks tend to be broken in an explosive manner.

Next Major Support Areas

LTC/USD weekly chart

The weekly chart view can provide some insight into downside levels to be aware of. In terms of support, the next major level would be eyed at $38 territory. The price has not been seen here since July 2017. LTC/USD had bounced around this area for 7 weeks, between 19th June to 31st July. This move was being observed during a period of consolidation, prior to the big bull run seen in August 2017.

Deeper to the downside, eyes would then be on $33 another vital weekly support level. Price last bounced here in September 2017, requiring support before resuming a bull run. A breach here could be very much catastrophic. There isn’t much support, other than psychological round number areas for LTC/USD. This fall to the downside is very much uncharted territory. If the bearish momentum retains its current course, then $20 or even a return to $10 cannot be ruled out.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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TRON Price Analysis: TRX/USD Moves Within Proven Buying Area

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  • TRX/USD flirting with a huge buying area, historically proven to see buyers swoop in.
  • Justin Sun sings praises on 100 million $TRX trading volume for Tron DEX.

TRX/USD has been suffering heavily, in line with a large bearish reversal seen across the board. The price is running sharply lower, closing on the daily in the red. After TRX/USD had broken out to the downside from a supporting ascending trend line and retested, selling pressure has been consistent. Within the current trend, the price today – Thursday 15th November, was forced to drop to its lowest level seen in around nine weeks.

TRON News Flow

The TRON foundation has not been shy on the update front of late, continuing to push out positive developments from the camp. It was only recent that a new Tron decentralized exchange, DEX was launched.  Over the past few days it has seen a large amount of popularity. Tronscan.org was acknowledged by Tron’s founder, Justin Sun, via Twitter, which heavily contributed to a further pick up in trading volumes.

Justin Sun tweeted, “trx.market  breaks 100 million $TRX trading volume! Next milestone is 500 million”. The founder continues to be very much supportive of these TRON based projects, given his active recognition via social media. Despite the protracted bear market, Sun disregarded this in a recent tweet, showing a screenshot of the double-digit losses seen on Wednesday across the crypto market. He then quite comically compared the Coinmarketcap view with the Tron DEX, showing TRX related pairs trading in the green.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

TRX/USD daily chart

The TRX/USD bears have in the session been testing a vital area of demand. This is seen tracking from $0.01800 down to 0.01700. Previously in August and September, the mentioned area provided firm support in propping up the price. Most recently, the price had dipped into this territory on 12th September, where TRX/USD gradually went on to gain over 60%. Earlier, on August 14th, buyers pilled in, seeing the price gradually gaining over 70% over a period of time.

Given the history of buyers camped in this area, bulls should come back into play imminently. If this does prove to be the case for TRX/USD, eyes will be on another retest of the broken ascending trend line. This is seen tracking around $0.02550. The bears had initially breached this area of support, on 29th October. TRX/USD was supported in its move higher, from 12th September, by this trend line, before the break lower.

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