Yesterday's AMA with IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener was actually on the topic of smart contracts at IOTA. However, it is not surprising that the main question from the community was what is the “current status” of Ubirch's COVID-19 vaccination passport in Germany and Europe. Schiener addressed the question in detail and revealed that the IOTA Foundation is in "close contact" with Ubirch.
He congratulated Ubirch, but also stated that he cannot reveal any new details at this time:
Basically what we learned two days ago is that Ubirch together with IBM and some other parties won the German vaccination passport. That means they are officially improving their solution. It's very exciting and congratulations to them for winning this.
I still cannot comment on IOTA's participation. I leave that to Ubirch to publish their results. Obviously, IOTA is perfect for such a use case because you can store data in IOTA without paying fees. (…) So building this on IOTA makes a lot of sense.
According to Schiener, there is even a good chance that Ubirch will also become the solution for all of Europe:
I think that the probability that this is also probably the solution for the European Union is quite high. At least there is a possibility.
Furthermore, Schiener described the German government's decision as "a unique way" by trusting a DLT startup. "As a politician, you always tend to follow established partnerships and the status quo," said Schiener.
At the same time, the IOTA co-founder noted that Ubirch couldn't have won the competition on its own, “because it's a small tech company with 30-40 employees. But they are really experts in the domain of what they do. " So IBM, as a large and established partner, was practically essential.
Ubirch has yet to comment on the specific solution for the German vaccination passport and what role IOTA will play. Most recently, Ubirch wrote on March 9, the day of the announcement, that all the details will be revealed in the coming days.
Thanks for all your comments and congrats – we love you! To the blockchain haters: we love you, too. Regarding the project please bear with us for another few days: it will all happen in full transparency and open for questions and comments. (sn)
– UBIRCH (@Ubirch_Trust) March 9, 2021
New partners in the US and launch of Chrysalis
While Schiener spoke about the vaccine passport, he also mentioned that digital identity continues to make great strides and some new team members have joined. Regarding identity, the IOTA co-founder also teased a new partnership in the US that will be made public in the coming weeks:
(…) And we're making some progress to release it in the US as well. I think in the next week or two we'll see more that we can share publicly.
Also, a major topic was the release date of Chrysalis on the mainnet. Schiener stated that "Chrysalis looks pretty good right now." Firefly's alpha testing began earlier this week, “with more intensive alpha testing,” not just internally, but with some members of the community as well. In addition, the audits are "practically done," he said. For now, the most important issue is exchanges, which must be implemented.
Right now, there is a trade that will take place relatively soon. And with the other two big exchanges we are still coordinating closely. It is very important that we launch Chrysalis with at least three exchanges. Because at the end of the day, if we don't do that, no withdrawals or deposits can be made. But I think we should know more about that in the next few days. (…) But when it comes to the final date for Chrysalis, the goal is still the end of the month.
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