NNT Catch Up

Neo News Today hosted Ricardo Prado, co-founder and CEO of Simpli and key contributor to COZ, on Byzant, a new series that provides insider perspectives from knowledgeable individuals in the Neo ecosystem and broader blockchain industry. Prado offered his perspective as an application developer, his thoughts on developing solutions with blockchain technology, and how he sees this experience evolving towards parity with traditional application development.

Guardian Circle announced Saepio, a hotel housekeeper panic button service. According to Guardian Circle CEO, Mark Jeffrey, the hotel employee safety industry is valued at approximately US $5 billion. Across the US, so-called “panic button laws” are taking effect that require staff to be equipped with devices that allow them to signal and summon for immediate assistance when working alone.

Guardian Circle aims to offer Saepio at 1/6th the cost of current market competition by using low-cost RFID stickers and mobile phones, and making “a few key modifications” to the Guardian Circle platform. Safety networks will be created by installing RFID stickers at hotel room entrances, where staff can use their mobile device to check-in when entering the room to clean. Guardian Circle noted that it has signed revenue-sharing contracts with four distributors of hotel products that are actively selling the Saepio solution to their customers in the US.

Developer Groups

O3 Labs launched its revamped O3 Wallet in open beta, which is now available on both the Apple App Store for desktop and mobile, and the Google Play Store. O3 Labs also opened a bug bounty competition, encouraging users to report bugs to earn GAS rewards. Moving forward, O3 Labs notes, “We will not continue to update the old version [of the O3 Wallet], all subsequent updates will be in the new version.”

NEXT released its monthly report for August 2020, which noted its priorities as the internationalization of NeoTube, an improved user experience for NeoLine, support for Neo3, and preparation for supporting cross-chain assets.


August 31st, QLC Chain announced the development of a cross-chain staking bridge between the NEP-5 QLC token and ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. It claims the protocol will “allow for the creation of Ethereum-based QLC tokens and support QLC AMM yield farming in the DeFi ecosystem.”

September 1st, TranslateMe announced the user interface and API launch of its German-to-English translation model. The release follows the version 1.0 model completion in August 2020. Looking forward, TranslateMe intends to integrate Russian, Korean, and Zulu languages into its platform.

September 1st, the NeoLogin team announced the MVP launch of Onramper, an API and widget that enables the purchase of cryptocurrencies using fiat directly from within a website or app. Currently, Onramper supports 150 countries, 130 fiat currencies, and 47 cryptocurrencies – of which NEO is included. At the time of press, GAS is currently unavailable for purchase but is on the Onramper roadmap.

September 2nd, TranslateMe updated its French-to-English translation model and API and is rewarding users who contribute to error translation submission and correction.

September 2nd, QLC Chain announced integration with Chainlink, which seeks to develop a reliable bridge between QLC and off-chain telecommunications networks.

September 3rd, Nash announced its new affiliates program, which it says is designed to offer up to 50% more commission than competing programs. The program allows individuals to refer users to the Nash platform and receive a commission based on the trading volume generated on its exchange.

September 3rd, Switcheo increased its TradeHub validator nodes from 11 to 17. For its next steps, Switcheo will aim to integrate a governance module, automated-market maker beta, and phase one of trading on the TradeHub MainNet.

September 4th, Moonlight announced it had joined the ZILHive Accelerator program, a six-month blockchain accelerator designed to support early and late-stage startups using or looking to use the Zilliqa protocol to build blockchain solutions. As part of the program, Moonlight aims to improve access to cross-chain self-sovereign identity tools.


September 8th: O3 Labs AMA on official Neo Telegram channel.