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IOTA Released Firefly Wallet in Beta

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The first public version of IOTA’s newest wallet is now live. Firefly is the new wallet for IOTA Chrysalis that is now ready in the beta version. The new wallet shows almost every new feature we can expect from IOTA Chrysalis. Chrysalis will migration happens on April 21st, and the final public version will go live on April 28th. IOTA Foundation says that the production-ready version of Firefly will be released before the final migration.

Start of a New Era

IOTA is going to experience a tremendous change in the following upgrades. Chrysalis is the most significant upgrade for the network and includes many new features and use-cases. IOTA community has been working on multiple betas and testnet releases in the past months. Now the first public version of Firefly is ready for them, a wallet that will be the primary wallet for the Chrysalis network.

The current Beta version shows most features of the Chrysalis Network and is connected to the public testnet. As a result, transactions are very reliable in this wallet. Very fast confirmations, reusable addresses, and UTXO-based ledger state are other features that IOTA Foundation points to them in the announcement post.

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Firefly Beta is now available to download for Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Users can request tokens from the testnet faucet to test the wallet and its features. The other important news about Firefly is that IOTA open sourced the codebase to receive feedback from the community.

IOTA Foundation says that Firefly has been tested and redesigned many times to answer both amateur and professional users’ needs. According to the announcement post:

“Every feature has been carefully thought through to reduce friction for beginners while still catering for more advanced users. Every view has been designed with future expansion in mind. This first version of Firefly is a very solid wallet that has been engineered for the long haul. We see Firefly as the gateway to the IOTA ecosystem, and we have big plans for the future.”

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IOTA implements two Rust libraries in Firefly that manage critical tasks in the wallet. Stronghold and wallet.rs are these libraries that work together to provide a comprehensive experience for users.

The future steps for Firefly include bug fixing. Other essential actions are testing the migration and also integration with Ledger Nano. Some new minor features will be added to the wallet to make it completely ready for the Chrysalis migration.

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IOTA Feeless Protocol to Mint Native Assets and Smart Assets

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Getting into a match with an NFT that is minted as a unique, verifiable, and secure game ticket . The possibilities of tokenization with native assets is endless.

Whether from rare collectibles to electric cars, football clubs to smart cities, native assets have the power to transform industries and economies.  Also, the capability to transform the concept and exchange of value itself.

When IOTA’s Digital Asset framework is released, digital assets will be even more ubiquitous due to the network’s zero-fee based architecture.

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The most eagerly awaited feature from IOTA is the “Digital Asset Framework.” In IOTA, Layer 1 assets are known as native assets, as they are native to the IOTA mainnet.  Layer 2 assets are known as smart assets, as these exist on the smart contract layer, and have greater programmability.

Minting is the process which facilitates creation of native assets or smart assets. Native asset, native token, smart asset, smart token are all terms interchangeably used to denote token, but for improved clarity, a piece of art work is known as an asset; and coins are referred to as the tokens.

A native asset also known as the “colored coin” is a customized IOTA token works like a digitized token which represents a tamper-proof and finite asset in the real world.

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The term colored coin grew from the idea of issuing real-world assets like real estate on the blockchain. Native tokens can represent any kind of asset or contract.  They are minted by tagging IOTA tokens.  Since they tag IOTA tokens they do not bring down the overall supply of IOTA tokens.

There are no third parties required either for its creation or for storing them digitally. With the IOTA Feeless Protocol, creating native assets is very inexpensive. It is possible to distribute the assets for free on the ledger.

To mint a native asset, users can take a normal IOTA token and assign a unique identity to it when executing a transaction.

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The act of minting native assets happens at the base level of the IOTA ledger where it is secure, traceable, and immutable. IOTA tokens are assigned a particular meaning, by adding a “tag”, basically giving them a name.

At present, one IOTA Token equals one native asset, and the process for transferring the native assets is exactly the same as transferring an IOTA token.

IOTA recently published a blog post on the business ecosystem of IOTA. The blog helps understand the components and frameworks of IOTA.

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Understand the IOTA Business Ecosystem With Their Infographic to Understand their Dependencies and Use cases

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It is important to understand the business ecosystem of IOTA in terms of the different components and frameworks that constitute it. This will provide an insight into the several use cases in data and the value transactions that they enable.

The IOTA Foundation builds open-source software to enable a new type of digital infrastructure that empowers people to live freely and securely in a digital world. To do this, the Foundation engages with many different initiatives, markets, and partners in academia, government, and businesses.

IOTA has issued an infographic of their business ecosystem, which will make it easy to know the dependencies of what they are doing.

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It helps to get the complete picture of the different components from the bottom up beginning from the node software like Hornet, Bee, Wasp, Chronicle; The Tangle; IOTAs Parallel Architecture – Frameworks covering for digital identity, tokenized assets, streams, smart contracts, access, and IOTA stronghold; and of course, the firefly wallet.   There are non-technical parts that the users should understand, which will eventually lead to a complete understanding of the machine economy and the connections of billions of persons, organizations, and devices.

IOTA Identity builds on the W3C’s proposed standards for a digital identity framework. This framework includes three roles of holders, issuers, verifiers.

Holders are the owners of digital identities. They have ultimate control over their data and choose how much and with whom they share their data.

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Issuers are trusted third parties or authorities that generate and issue credentials to holders, such as health records or identity documents.

Verifiers are any third parties that need to verify the authenticity of a holder’s data. A verifier might, for example, need to validate that the holder is who they say they are.

Decentralized Identifiers serve as a reference to a DID Document. This document contains data such as public keys, enabling the holder to prove ownership over their data.  Verifiable Credentials are statements about the holder. They can be verified online or in person, and the holder decides who to share them with.  This framework has various use cases, including: Address Validation, Age Verification, and Authority login.

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IOTA has a vision for the digital identity for Things, Organizations, and Individuals. Digital Identity of Solutions covers for Identity of things, self-sovereign identity, and regulatory compliance.

Devices have an identity that proves their capabilities, specifications, and authenticity to allow others to feel confident in transacting with them.

Individuals have a borderless digital identity that can be verified by anyone or anything in the world.

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Organizations can use digital identities to follow regulations such as GDPR in a more cost-efficient way.

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TradeMark East Africa to apply IOTA’s blockchain technology to enhance UK-Kenya trade corridor

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  • TMEA to introduce blockchain technology to the UK-Kenya trade corridor for the enhanced supply chain management.
  • TMEA partnered with IOTA to improve infrastructure and trade through technology.

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has agreed to introduce IOTA’s Tangle blockchain technology to the UK-Kenya Trade Logistics and Information Pipeline (TLIP) digital trade route to increase the visibility of the supply chain between Kenya and the UK.

By linking supply chains, the agreement will enable fast logistics clearance and easier trading. Additionally, the elimination of paperwork will lead to increased bilateral trade between the two trade partners for the benefit of the East African Community (EAC).

According to Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Trade in Kenya, the partnership will help the region grow its trade balances.

What is even more significant is the role it is going to play to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

Frank Matsaert, CEO at TMEA, said that the digital TLIP trade corridor would increase transparency, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in the management support of trade information. These improvements will benefit both the EAC and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA).

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IOTA Tangle’s benefit for TLIP

TLIP is the first digital trade corridor between the UK and a developing country since Brexit, established to cater to and foster growth between the two trade partners.

The introduction of IOTA’s Tangle is further expected to accelerate growth in four key area targets of TLIP, including a 30 percent reduction in import-export time and administrative procedures, a 40 percent reduction in turnaround time, and a 20 percent reduction in compliance costs. It will also help to cut out data redundancy by over 50 percent.

IOTA and TMEA entered into a strategic partnership in March 2020 to improve infrastructure and trade through technology using Tangle. Tangle is IOTA’s innovative and open-source distributed ledger that is scalable, feeless, and designed to support frictionless data and value transfer.

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Not only are the building costs low due to the open-source, feeless nature of IOTA technology, but it is also an uncomplicated additional to the existing infrastructure.

IOTA and Tangle

IOTA is the cryptocurrency that works on top of Tangle. Tangle has some unique characteristics over other more common blockchains like Bitcoin or Ethereum. For instance, it requires users to confirm the previous two transactions in the system before processing their own. This design encourages user uptake and makes the system process transactions faster when more people are using it.

Additionally, Tangle does not require data storage in sequentially chained blocks like on most blockchains. Instead, users can store transactions in multiple devices, different orders, locations, or as mixed and split transactions. The system iterates through all transactions once the users sync their devices and groups them into their addresses, regardless of order.

Once it has processed all transactions, it displays balances, and users can verify that the balances are correct. This feature allows users to conveniently link multiple devices to the Tangle. The other unique feature is support for multi-transactions- many chained transactions that use the address. Analysts have referred to IOTA’s technology as superior to most blockchains and the project worthy of more credit for its scalability.

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Trademark East Africa is a well-respected organization funded by various development agencies to grow prosperity in East Africa through trade. TMEA spends over $100 million annually in aid-for-trade efforts in partnership with the regions’ community institutions, national governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations. It is also known globally for its commitment and success in improving livelihoods through improved trade conditions.

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