Waltonchain: blockchain RFID tracking

Waltonchain, named after Charlie Walton, the inventor of RFID technology, is a Chinese based cryptocurrency project that focuses on using RFID tags in relation to a blockchain. The basic underlying idea of the project is that the world is on the brink of a smart revolution, and when this smart revolution comes there will need to be systems in place to track and monitor all data from smart tags in a clear and immutable way. Waltonchain (current price) aspires to provide that solution. More specifically such a solution is applicable to four core areas: food and health, smart devices for the home (waste-bins), smart cities and quality of external factors, Industry and manufacturing (i.e. clothing and logistics).

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Core Technology and Development Plans

The Core technology of Waltonchain is fundamentally based on RFID chips and the blockchain. RFID chips, use radio frequency signals and space coupling to connect a tag to a reader as a means of carrying some kind of data. Importantly, concerning RFID chips, Waltonchain distinguishes between Active tags and Passive tags of certain products. Passive tags are tags that do not require any energy, while active tags possess a battery of sorts and can automatically send radio signals to a receptor. The basic idea behind the RFID tags is the following: Waltonchain can make the tags so small and operable far from a recognizer, that they will be able to trace information about certain product seamlessly. Additionally, the RFID chips integrate encryption logic so that they cannot be tampered with. Waltonchain has patented their unique RFID tags and see them as the core of their hardware solution.

Graphic of global product transportation methods

The data from these small RFID tags is then sent to the blockchain, which for Waltonchain is a public blockchain. As such, all of the data can be stored in a secure distributed ledger that is completely tamperproof. Finally, the solution provided by Waltonchain is applicable to a large variety of different areas of production: industrial carriers, processing lines, conveyer lines, and machine applications (to name a few).

Importantly, not all of the data will be stored on the Waltonchain blockchain. Rather, Waltonchain has been designed as a parent chain, whereby future projects and ICO’s can launch on top of the Waltonchain blockchain and function as child chains. If you could imagine, underneath the main Waltonchain blockchain there could then be a clothing childchain, a logistics childchain, an air quality childchain, etc. The ultimate goal then of the Waltonchain IoT and Blockchain project is to function as the center of a core eco-system of the future.

Waltonchain as a global tracking ecosystem

The Waltonchain project is divided up into four stages of development:

During Waltonchain Project stage 1.0 Waltonchain will seek large scale promotion for their clothing system integration. As noted in their white paper, Waltonchain has already applied RFID based clothing tracking in several pilot projects with companies such as “Tries, SMEN, and Kaltendin.” This stage of development is focused on solving problems in the clothing industry surround areas like warehousing, logistics, stores, and even customer experience.

Second, in Waltonchain Project stage 2.0, the Waltonchain beacon chip, will be in full mass production to be used in all sorts of business to consumer industries such as retail and logistics. According to the whitepaper, “the stage is aimed at building a safe and reliable, point to point logistics information channel for customers” (46) and to help logistics companies “avoid thorny problems, such as lost, delayed and wrong orders on a systematic basis.” (46)

Third, during Waltonchain project stage 3.0 the whitepaper claims that “the technology will be applied to all product manufacturers to achieve smart packaging and traceable customization.” (47) The goal of this stage of the project is to ultimately end the counterfeiting problem as we currently understand it, and to provide low-cost data solutions for product manufacturers.

Fourth, and finally, in Waltonchain project stage 4.0 RFID chips will be added to as many assets as possible, leading to the frequent use of Waltonchain in the physical world. According to the whitepaper, “all the assets will be registered on Waltonchain in the future so as to solve the problems of asset ownership, item traceability, and transaction certificate.” (47). Ultimately, the project culminates with the goal of bringing a “more convenient, intelligent and trustworthy world to everybody.” (47)

Waltonchain token economic system

Waltonchain uses a Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, where the cap on the total number of coins is set at 100 million. Importantly, child-chains of Waltonchain may adopt whatever consensus mechanism they so desire.

In terms of token functionality, the Waltoncoin has four main functions: First, to issue and power sub-chains. Thus all sub-chains, such as a storage sub-chain, or a logistics sub-chain, require the Waltoncoin as their initial power or production. Secondly, a dividend from the transaction fees of all of the sub-chains is embedded within the Waltoncoin and then evenly distributed to the various holders of the Waltoncoin. In this sense, Waltonchain provides a dividend to its investors. Third, the account of the main Waltonchain can function a as a credit mechanism for sub-chains. In this sense, individuals can pay with Waltoncoins, for sub-chain products on credit. Fourth and finally, all of the sub-chain tokens will be able to be traded on the Waltonchain main chain. In this sense. Waltoncoins also function as the foundation of a distributed asset exchange for future smart tokens.

Partnerships

Perhaps most important is the context of collaboration surrounding the Waltonchain project. While there has been much speculation about many partnerships, it has been clearly established that Waltonchain is working alongside a number of Chinese government projects. More specifically, three main projects can be discussed:

First, the “Cross Strait Program” between China and Taiwan, with the goal of making Zhangzhou the Silicon Valley of Blockchain. Zhangzhou, a city of over 4 million people, is directly across from the island of Taiwan. The goal of this initiative using Waltonchain, is thus to connect Taiwan to mainland China and in the process help make the Zhangzhou area a blockchain friendly smart city.

Second, the “Smart Oceans Program”. While there has been heavy speculation concerning the role Waltonchain will play in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, what has been confirmed is that Waltonchain is partnered with the Fujian government to build a “Smart Oceans” research and development base. Importantly, this base will be used to develop blockchain technology with an eye towards seaside logistics and transporation.

Third, and finally, Waltonchain also has a partnership with the “Jiangu Development Zone” to build air purification solutions. The goal of this will be to have a real-time evaluator of the purity of the air. Ideally, an app can be developed for this data and people living in Jiangu will be able to verify the quality of the air before going outside. Ultimately, it should also be emphasized that this partnership may also be considered a pilot project for many other cities in China as well.

Waltonchain global partnerships

Apart from those core government partnerships, Waltonchain has also secured a number of business partnerships to begin testing out their RFID+Blockchain solution. Most recent, and notable, is the strategic partnership signed between Waltonchain’s subsidiary IOT Technology and Ishijah Trading. Ishijah importantly works with food and beverages specifically in airports. Another Waltonchain Subsidiary City-Link, is working with a Chinese telecommunications company on a “Smart Community” pilot project focused on street lights and dustbins. Finally, core business partnerships with clothing retailers include with Septwolves a clothing company just under a billion dollars in value. Fugiuniao, a fashion manufacturer at around 700 million in value, Kehua Energy, an company valued at around 1.3 billion, and JoeOne (valued at around 1.2 billion).

Team and Advisors

Waltonchain founder
Do Sanghyuk, Founder
Waltonchain Founder
Xu Fangcheng, Founder

Waltonchain boasts a large and experienced team that appears to be very capable of delivering on their many promises. The two founders of Waltonchain, Do Shanghyuk and Xu Fangheng, have combined experience in Supply Chain management, the clothing industry, Chinese-Korean Cultural relations, and technology. Importantly, Do is the Korean Initiator, while Xu is the Chinese initiator. Overall the team is larger than 20 people and combines experience from the supply chain, blockchain, hardware solutions, and business.

General Summary of Waltonchain

All in all, the Waltonchain project seeks to use special RFID chips to trace all sorts of products throughout the supply chain and into consumers hands. Waltonchain functions on a Proof of Stake mechanism, whereby the other sub-chains can be developed upon the Waltonchain main chain. The project has confirmed partnerships with a number of Chinese governmental authorities and large businesses. While it is still only stage 1 of the project, the team appears to possess the capability of seeing the development of Waltonchain through to stage 4. Overall, the project is ideally positioned for the future of smart cities, and specifically to monitor things like Air quality, logistics, retail, and storage processes.

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