Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

nChain Releases Nakasendo™ Software Development Kit

LONDON, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — nChain, the global leader in research and development of blockchain technologies, is pleased announce that it has completed version 1.0 of its new Nakasendo™ software development kit (SDK).  The SDK is being made available now to selected partners in an initial testing pool, and will be made available more publicly at a later time.

The SDK is named after an ancient trail connecting Edo (modern day Tokyo) to Kyoto; in Japanese language, “nakasendo” means “road through the middle mountains” or “central mountain route.”    Through its Nakasendo™ SDK, nChain will provide software libraries that help application developers navigate the complexities of blockchain development, and accelerate their work to make blockchain technologies used by major enterprises across the globe.

Version 1.0 of the SDK focuses on providing a cryptographic library, to allow for a more flexible method of key generation and sharing.  This cryptographic library can be used to improve security for any cryptocurrency exchange, and more broadly for controlling access to any type of digital asset or resource.  It incorporates these two patent-pending assets from nChain’s intellectual property portfolio:

  • WO2017145016 (Deterministic Key Generation): “Determining a common secret for the secure exchange of information and hierarchical deterministic cryptographic keys” provides a method whereby two connected nodes, with no trust relationship between them can derive a deterministic hierarchy of each other’s public keys through simply sharing their respective public keys and a message of some format, where the respective private keys can still only be generated by the owner of that private key. Further information on this method can be found on nChain’s website at https://nchain.com/en/blog/nchains-security-inventions/
  • WO201714510 (Secure Split Key technique): “Secure Multiparty loss resistant Storage and Transfer of Cryptographic Keys for blockchain based systems in conjunction with a wallet management system” provides a method derived from, but distinct to, “Shamir’s secret sharing scheme” whereby a key can be split into multiple shares and then, in conjunction with the method defined in WO2017145016 above, these parts can be shared using a common encryption key. Further information on this method can be found on nChain’s website at https://nchain.com/en/blog/nchains-security-inventions/

Both of these patent-pending innovations can provide significant security benefits to prevent “Mt. Gox-type” hacks of cryptocurrency wallets.  They can also be used far beyond Bitcoin and blockchain environments – for any situation in which sensitive data, assets, communications or controlled resources need to be secured.  nChain Chief Scientist Dr. Craig Wright is a key inventor for these two assets.

nChain is providing the Nakasendo™ SDK for use under a newly-created “nChain Open Bitcoin Cash License.”  This Open Bitcoin Cash License allows royalty-free usage of copyrights to software in the SDK libraries, and any associated patents that read directly on such software – but only for users to create software or applications that operate on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain.   nChain’s license is modelled after the Microsoft Limited Public License, which provides free right to use certain Microsoft software to create works that run on a Microsoft Windows operating system product.  Just like Microsoft’s Limited Public License has a platform limitation for free usage, nChain’s license limits free usage to the Bitcoin Cash blockchain.

nChain Group’s CEO Jimmy Nguyen explains:

“We are excited to reach this milestone with the Nakasendo™ SDK, which will help developers navigate the mountains of blockchain work. Although the SDK libraries will be useful for developers on any blockchain or digital platform, we want to use key elements of nChain’s patent portfolio to help benefit the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem.  That is why we are providing the SDK for free usage only for applications and products that operate on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain.  The SDK is one of many tools nChain will use to ignite the BCH blockchain, and help re-invent the business world.”

nChain aims to continue development of its Nakasendo™ library to incorporate further cryptographic techniques and other blockchain optimisations in future releases.

If you are interested in receiving access to the Nakasendo™ SDK when it is more publicly released, please send an email to contact@nchain.com.

ABOUT NCHAIN GROUP: The nChain Group is the global leader in research and development of blockchain technologies.  Its mission is to enable massive growth and worldwide adoption of the Bitcoin network – focusing on Bitcoin Cash as the true Bitcoin.  The nChain Group includes four business units:  1) nChain Limited – a blockchain research and development service provider in London, United Kingdom; 2) nChain Holdings Limited – a intellectual property holding and commercialization company; 3) nChain Reaction – an investment entity which supports ventures that have Bitcoin Cash products or applications; and 4) nCrypt – a Bitcoin wallet and exchange in Canada.  (nCrypt is currently known as nTrust, but will be re-branding in 2018 to reflect its move to focus on Bitcoin).

Website:  nChain.com

Twitter:  @nChainGlobal

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Hanergy Unveils Next Generation Hantile Solution

Company’s new solar-embedded roof tile once again sets the standard for energy efficient buildings

BEIJING, April 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy today introduced a new generation of its flagship Hantile building product that is lighter, thinner, more flexible, and features superior performance. The new Hantile combines Hanergy’s world-leading flexible thin-film solar panels with high-transmittance glass to create an innovative product capable of high-efficiency power generation that can fully replace traditional roof tiles. Hantile makes ultra-low-energy buildings and even net-zero energy buildings possible, reducing or eliminating dependence on traditional energy sources.

rooftop tiles

“We’re delighted to introduce the next generation of our innovative Hantile building solution,” said Hanergy founder Mr. Li Hejun. “With its industry leading energy generation capabilities and suitability for any building, I am confident that Hantile will set a new benchmark for new energy applications in building construction.”

The new Hantile features a single rather than double layer of glass with each tile weighing only 5.2 kilograms. Combined with its unique C-type slot structure, Hantile’s light-weight greatly improves ease of installation. With Hantile, Hanergy has pioneered the use of ultra-white tempered glass, which features a transmittance level of 91.5%, and possesses extreme durability and ability to withstand heavy impacts. The single glass Hantile is also highly wind resistant and able to generate power at temperatures ranging from -40 to -85 degrees Celsius, and humidity higher than 85%. Hantile features a life cycle of up to 30 years, longer than traditional roof tiles.

In terms of environmental value, the estimated environmental value of each 25W watts of Hantile is equivalent to planting a single tree.  The 100 square meters of Hantile is equivalent to planting 340 trees

Hanergy’s ability to achieve such a major upgrade in less than a year is a result of its continuous technological innovation. In the past year, Hanergy has achieved 3 world records in the R&D and mass production efficiency of thin-film chips: the efficiency of its GaAs single-junction mass production modules has reached 25.1%; the total area efficiency its of copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) glass-based modules has reached 17.52%; and the efficiency of its flexible sputtering components has reached 17.88%. All have been certified by international authorities as the latest world records.

Hanergy currently has more than 2,300 patents worldwide.

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Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy focuses on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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Email: LUFENG@hanergy.com
Phone: +86(10) 83914567 ext 5259

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Despatch SAPS strengthen community and Police relations

The South African Police Service in Despatch conducted an integrated meeting today, 16 April 2018 with the community of Khayamnandi, Despatch in an attempt to strengthen the relationship and enhance the co-operation between the community and SAPS.

Various role players, such as SAPS, Community Police Forum, Counsellors and Community leaders formed part of the event. The purpose of the event was to create a platform where concerns could be raised that will ultimately result in the improvement of service delivery, awareness on crime concerns and the establishment of street patroller groups. SAPS gave their assurance and committed to render a quality service to the community they serve. The community in response gave their assurance to partake in a joint venture to assist the SAPS in the fight against crime.

Source: South African Police Service

The drug syndicates dismantled

The mushrooming of drugs in a number of areas in this Province remains one of the main contributing factors on serious and violent crimes and in a concerted effort to eradicate this dangerous phenomenon, the intelligence led joint operations composed of various police units, continue to yield positive and meaningful results.

In the Bela-Bela and Modimolle Policing areas, four suspects aged between 25 and 33 were arrested for dealing in drugs and possession of drugs along the N1 South between Pienaarsriver and Bela-Bela and near the Kranskop plaza outside Modimolle.

This joint operation composed of the Crime Intelligence, the Provincial Drug Team and the Provincial Detectives, was focussing on these two Clusters.

These syndicates were intercepted and their cars were pulled off the road at these two places while they were en route to go and supply these drugs at various parts of the Province.

During this operation, the following drugs were recovered:

* Thirty nine balls of nyaope each containing 850 sachets with the estimated street value of over R300 000,00.

These suspects will appear before the Bela-Bela and Modimolle Magistrates’ Courts respectively soon.

Meanwhile in the Lepahalale, Mahwelereng, Giyani, Makhado, Mankweng, Polokwane and Tzaneen Clusters, 16 suspects aged between 23 and 46 were arrested for possession of drugs, dagga and planting dagga.

The following drugs and dagga were recovered during this operations:

* 200 sachets of nyaope

* Four packets of rock

* Twelve sachets of nyaope

* Twelve packets of dagga

* 80 A� small plastics of Nyaope

* 1457 grams of dagga

* 22.753 kg of dagga plants

* 85 dagga plants

The arrested suspects will appear before different Magistrates’ Courts soon.

The police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

Police launch search for missing person in Namakgale

The Police in Namakgale near Phalaborwa have launched a search operation for the missing person Muchizuki Ellias.

He went missing on Thursday 05 April 2018 at about 8:00, when he allegedly went to the local hospital Maphutha Malatjie for medical attention and he was continuously communicating with his relative telephonically until they lost contact with him and subsequent to that ,the search operation ensued yielding no positive results until today.

It is further alleged that the missing person was an employee of the local funeral undertaker.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts, may contact Detactive Seargent Lebogang Selepe at 079 566 6215 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the crime line sms 32211 or the nearest Police Station.

Source: South African Police Service