Zcash to Implement Sapling Hardfork

Zcash team says that Sapling is a rebirth of the coin
29 October 2018   672

In the main Zcash network, the Sapling protocol was activated, which is necessary to perform secure transactions and increase blockchain performance.

The update is activated at block 419200. It, in particular, will reduce the time for processing transactions up to 90%, as well as significantly reduce the requirements for the amount of memory required to perform secure transactions. Sapling activation will also make it possible to use lightweight clients for secure transactions, and not just full nodes.

Immediately after activating Sapling, users of the zcashd client have access to addresses of a new type. Currently, funds cannot be transferred from protected old addresses to new ones without disclosing the amount of the transaction. This makes it possible to audit the monetary base of ZEC relating to protected addresses. The Zcash team is currently working on creating a tool to automate the movement of funds without compromising user privacy.

The Zcash blog also says that Sapling activation is essentially a “rebirth of cryptocurrency” because it takes the project a step closer to mass adoption as an open and confidential payment system.

BOLT Labs to Raise $1.5M

BOLT Labs is a developer of ZCash off-chain solutions and raised funds to develop privacy-oriented solutions in second-layer protocols
18 April 2019   485

Startup BOLT Labs successfully closed a seed round of financing led by Dekrypt Capital and raised $ 1.5 million to develop privacy-oriented solutions in second-layer protocols like the Lightning Network.

The venture unit of Ripple (Xpring), Zcash Foundation, Lemniscap, Access Ventures, Kilowatt Capital and business angel Branson Bollinger also took part in the round.

Computer Science Ph. D. Ayo Akinele, the founder of BOLT Labs, intends to use the tools to create a fast, private and secure network of payment channels. As planned by Akiniele, the new protocol will be scalable and compatible with any cryptocurrency networks and solutions of the second layer.

For the first time, the BOLT technology was presented in a document published in 2016 by Matthew Green and Ian Myers, the founders of the Electric Coin Company. The main task was to create a scalable solution of the second layer, in which the complete privacy of users is activated by default.

Note, the concept of the future product BOLT Labs for the network ZCash should appear in the summer of 2019.