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Umbrella Network Moves to Binance Smart Chain

This integration will reduce transaction costs by up to 90+ percent vs Ethereum

Umbrella Network, a community-owned and decentralized oracle solution, announced that they are formally shifting their computations and consensus mechanics from Ethereum to Binance Smart Chain (BSC), a new technology platform that is quickly gaining huge traction in the DeFi space.

Working on BSC will empower Umbrella to update its data more frequently to provide the most current and accurate data possible to those using its network. This will offer blockchain developers the ability to access the data they need as cost-effectively as possible, and at scale, so that they are further empowered to build the next generation of applications.

“Umbrella has always aimed to be a multi-chain project operating wherever the application developers are, and wherever the need for high-quality data is greatest,” said Sam Kim, Umbrella’s Founding Partner. “From our first product roadmap, we have planned to integrate into Binance Smart Chain, and based on that platform’s exploding ecosystem the timing for this integration couldn’t be better.”

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The move marks the start of Umbrella’s BSC Month event, which will include announcing new partnerships with over 10 BSC-based projects beginning this week with the first three: Smoothy, BlockBank, and UnoRe. Additionally, Umbrella has allocated a prize pool of $60,000 in $UMB for participants in its BSC Developer’s Challenge. Eligible projects will be built on BSC and use Umbrella’s layer 2 data. Developers interested in participating can contact Umbrella for more details.

Integrating with BSC offers Umbrella multiple advantages when compared to working on other platforms, including transaction fees that are over 90 percent lower than what is incurred on Ethereum. For example, while the Ethereum transaction to get a data point on chain might cost $50, that same transaction might only cost 50 cents via BSC. Those savings, in turn, can be passed onto users of Umbrella’s essential data feeds. This vastly lower cost structure, moreover, enables Umbrella to add more data points to the industry-leading 1,000+ data pairs already available via the Umbrella Network. Lower operating costs on BSC will also allow Umbrella to move faster toward its goals of full decentralization by giving more members of the community the opportunity to participate as validators almost immediately.  On Ethereum, that network’s prohibitive costs required node operators to have large capital bases to operate effectively.

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This announcement closely follows a slew of key developments for the Umbrella Network. Its IDO, or Initial DEX Offering, was one of the most successful in Polkastarter history and was followed by the subsequent launch of its public testnet. After those events, Umbrella finalized key partnerships with Huobi Group, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, and HashQuark, one of Asia’s leading infrastructure service providers that have further confirmed the high quality of the company’s offering.

Umbrella’s novel solution is particularly beneficial to the DeFi ecosystem, connecting blockchain applications to data from the off-chain world in a uniquely secure and efficient way. Moreover, Umbrella Network’s Merkle Tree-based architecture results in more, faster transactions at a lower cost than alternatives. In the future, Umbrella envisions interoperability with other Layer 1 platforms as well, including Avalanche, Solana, Polkadot, and others.

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