The new year started off strong with a new iteration of the internal testnet. The improvements were based on the data and feedback received from the initial iteration. Our goal is to create a production environment that is resilient and can handle real-world continuous usage. While not the easiest task to do, we’ve made our first step in that direction with this version.
To ensure that we are prepared to open up to the real world -with multiple users, interactions, and connections, we’ve set up means to better study and view the chain, and develop iterations of it faster. The internal testnet is now fully monitored and instrumented with telemetry, logging, and exception reporting -allowing for faster feedback mechanisms and fixes. While we believe to have created a stronger environment now, we continue to actively test the new environment to build towards further resiliency.
The second half of January was focused on our More Viable Plasma (MoreVP) implementation. With our focus on MoreVP we are looking to ensure user funds (in ERC20) are safe. In line with that, we’ve been integrating the in-flight exit support from the root contracts into the child chain and watcher.
The MoreVP has all the production support services that we set up with our new internal testnet. Again, what this means is that we can continue to test and validate data and create solutions and new iterations faster. Along with our heavy security testing, we’ve also created an API format, which is consistent across the child chain, watcher, and eWallet so that it’s cleaner and more developer-friendly.
For January we focused on the release process of eWallet 1.1. This entailed continuous testing, several bug fixes, and the thinking up and applying of last-minute features to add. We will continue to do this process till we’re satisfied with everything for release.
Of the accomplishments we’ve had in January there are three that stood out the most for the eWallet team:
First, it would have to be the finalization of the ‘Activity Log System’. This is an important feature that allows the users of the eWallet to know the exact details of all activities done. Users will be able to see who did what and when they did it. A good feature for accountability and an added measure of security.
Second, we’ve developed a better build process, which includes running the E2E tests. This is a great addition for developers as this provides a better and faster feedback loop. Working with this type of feedback loop will allow us to spot problems and fix them, ensuring less bugs are deployed into the staging system.
And last but certainly not the least, we have the CSV exports for transactions. While we may have not added any major features this month, the CSV export would have to be the closest one to it. This feature, which was initially required by one of our eWallet-using enterprise customers, provides the ability to export transactions for accounting purposes. Users can export any or all transactions that have been made.
ShinhanCard Proof-of-concept demo
This was an exciting month for us as our exploration into possible technology applications with ShinhanCard has borne fruit. After months of collaboration with OmiseGO, the Korean Finance conglomerate demonstrates a cross-border PoC with the aim to expand the acceptance of ShinhanCard’s loyalty program to international markets and enable borderless interoperability.
This demonstration shows the first ShinhanCard transaction using OmiseGO. Should ShinhanCard choose to adopt the OMG Network with merchant acceptance, users would have the ability to interchange local loyalty points with other merchants and customers on the network across borders and eventually exchange between any digital asset, as per the design of the OMG Network.
Read more about the ShinhanCard Demo on our BLOG
OmiseGO shares Ethereum address in WBTC
Sharing our Ethereum address is another step towards greater transparency with our community. This address will be used to sign transactions for the WBTC DAO for public record. The move allows our community to see and audit our activity online.
Learn more about the WBTC HERE
OmiseGO Newsletter revamp.
We’ve decided to reformat our monthly newsletter. We’re making it your end-of-month one-stop-shop. Subscribe to get access to our monthly round-up of events and tech updates, links to OmiseGO and community news, special announcements, and all new newsletter-exclusive content.
OmiseGO welcomes Dennis Keller
On a mission to continually grow and strengthen our team, we’re always on the lookout for the right talent. And in January of 2019 we are proud to announce that we have brought Dennis Keller on board.
Prior to joining OmiseGO, Dennis Keller worked in the globally leading telecommunications company Telenor, across Asia, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia. As the Director and Head of Commercial he was driving the understanding and value of digital services and products. This meant being at the forefront of the future of mobile services, shaping existing and new opportunities.
He’s a former telco investment strategist in emerging markets globally and worked in advisory for the largest single investor in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Aside from this Dennis has been extensively involved in the startup world, as investor and (co-)founder of several startups, most recently a luxury fashion outlet in Indonesia. He has been an active advisor, both for startups and for NGOs and international organizations such as UNDP and OECD.
Here at OmiseGO Dennis Keller is now the Vice President of Commercial and Business Development. His role is to lead partnerships and commercialization for the company. This includes analyzing trends and market needs to build strong business development and commercial strategies, conducting deep-dives to identify, analyze, qualify, and provide justifications for new markets OmiseGO would enter, while developing and guiding new business opportunities.
The Binance Conference, Jan 19–22 2019
OmiseGO was at the Binance Blockchain Week. Dennis Keller and Jeremy Lam were in Singapore to learn and contribute to the future of the blockchain ecosystem.
Jeremy, our OmiseGO product lead, spoke at the Binance conference as part of a panel that discussed “Security and Privacy: Building a SAFU Future”. The panel looked into the best industry practices when it came to security and privacy, as well as personal tips for individual safety, and of course how technology could be implemented to create a safer environment for stakeholders.
Events to look out for
Feb 26–27 — Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion, Yangon