Blockchain adopted in Austin  to support the Homeless

A new blockchain platform is being launched in Austin in order to resolve identity problems relatively to its homeless people
17 April 2018   387

Austin was chosen alongside with the other 35 cities as a participant of the Mayor’s Challenge Program, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The top one from the rest 35 will win $5 million.

Identification is one of the main difficulties that obstacle the homeless to get housing, potential employment, and medical care and the other important services. Austin believes that blockchain may help in solving these challenges. Blockchain technology can found unique online identifiers for homeless people. It let them to reestablish their historical records and assist them overcome poverty.

At a high level, the pilot is trying to figure out how to solve one of the challenges we have in our community related to the homeless population, which is how to keep all the information of that individual with that individual. 
Steve Adler, the Mayor, Austin

The blockchain project`s aim is to reinforce previous identity records and identify each homeless individual safely and confidently when letting seamless pass to data by a service worker. “There are all kinds of confidentiality issues that arise when you try to do that, so the thought was that blockchain would allow us to bridge that need,” claimed Adler.

So, inconvenient paper records can be replaced with digital electronic encrypted information which will be more distinct and secure. The blockchain-based platform could also help service providers authenticate a homeless person’s identity without going through existing paper records or  bringing someone back to the office for processing.

Records on the blockchain, unlike the paper ones, can be shared betwixt various  providers easily, especially new records that need to be added over time. Having a historical record of a personality is very important, especially in healthcare where any new or updated information can be critical for people.

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   137

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.