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|Developer(s)||Julian Yap, Luke Williams, Kris Hansen, Alex Sterk, Aldo Borrero|
|Initial release||28 January 2017|
|Written in||C++, Go|
|Operating system||Clients available for Linux, Windows, macOS|
|License||Multiple open-source licenses|
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Ubiq (UBQ) is an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality. The Ubiq network provides a stable blockchain to host an Ethereum Virtual Machine, integrating a decentralized Turing-complete virtual machine that allows for the creation of contracts and tokens. It provides a value token called "Ubiq (UBQ)", which was generated by transferring the value of a three-year old established token, Jumbucks (JBS), onto a blockchain with Ethereum functionality. Thus, it provides EVM functionality in a blockchain segregated technologically, politically, and conceptually from Ethereum or Ethereum Classic.
|Release Date||Historical Milestones|
|2 September 2014||Launch of Coinmarketscoin, an scrypt-PoW based coin|
|23 October 2014||Rebranding to Jumbucks, a proof-of-stake coin with new community development initiatives announced|
|28 January 2017||Closure of the Jumbucks (JBS) market and launch of the Ubiq blockchain|
|25 February 2017||Launch of QWARK, a token on the Ubiq blockchain through a 1:1 token swap with Sarcoin
Launch of the Fusion wallet
|1 May 2017||Crowdfund of APX, a distributed mining and ICO review platform|
|8 Jun 2017||Launch of Pyrus, a re-branded fork of MyEtherWallet, a client-side web wallet|
|8 Nov 2017||Ledger hardware wallet integration is completed, providing Ubiq token holders with a secure cryptographic storage option |
|27 Nov 2017||Ubiq Technologies Inc. wins Blockchain Company of the Year at the Canadian Fintech and AI Awards in Toronto |
Partnerships, Initiatives, and Awards
In Jan 2018, Einstein Exchange, a leading Canadian digital currency exchange, announced a strategic partnership with Ubiq Technologies Inc., the corporate entity and developer of Ubiq, to provide Blockchain services to Einstein Exchange for recording its private shareholders and holders of stock options on the Ubiq blockchain. In addition, the partnership will be evaluated for the potential onboarding of user accounts on the Blockchain for digital identity management and anti-money laundering compliance by Einstein Capital Partners. Previously, Cryptopia Ltd., a popular New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange, leveraged the Ubiq blockchain for representation of its utility and share tokens, DOT coin (DOT) and Cryptopia Fee Shares (CEFS), culminating in a blockchain swap to the Ubiq chain during Sept 2017.
In addition, Ubiq Technologies Inc. has established partnerships with other independent exchanges and cryptocurrency service providers, including the integrated gateway provider CoinPayments for providing cryptocurrency merchant services, hardware wallet vendors including SatoshiLabs, vendor of the TREZOR ONE hardware wallet, and Ledger SAS, provider of the Ledger Nano S and Ledger Blue hardware wallets. Ubiq has also sponsored various cryptocurrency meetups for traders, developers, and entrepreneurs, including Crypto010 in Rotterdam. Ubiq was awarded Canadian Blockchain Company of the Year at the Canadian Fintech & AI Awards, sponsored by the Digital Finance Institute.
|Date of introduction||28 January 2017|
|Issuance model||8 Ubiq per block (approximately every 88 seconds) in year 1, decreasing by 1 Ubiq/year until 1 Ubiq per block after year 8. |
The Ubiq development team has announced the Escher (ESCH) token airdrop, a tool for governance and framework for active participants to gain even more utility from the Ubiq network. In practice, this works in such a way that UBQ holders must interact with the claim contract from an address by block 448,000, which is estimated to be mined April 25th.
After this block, all registered addresses with a UBQ balance will receive 12 ESCH tokens for every 1 UBQ. Only active UBQ supply will receive ESCH, UBQ on exchanges will not be credited unless they interact with the public contract. The team has also stated that they are not appealing to exchanges to participate or even list the token as trading is not the use case we envision for this system. The plan is to have 4 distributions a year, with the amount of ESCH distributed dropping each year.
The team has also been working on and planning the core infrastructure of the platform by implementing Shokku, which is a public framework of Go-Ubiq nodes that anyone can point their Dapp to for interfacing with the chain. It is similar to the framework that Ethereum’s Infura offers. As an application developer, this is a useful service where you don’t have to run a node and handle the server costs of relaying transactions from your Dapp. This is a cost that the Ubiq development team is currently bearing with the intent to have it funded by the network development fund through official proposals. The team has remained very open in regards to allowing other members of the community to launch a competing service. They will be publishing the system to github.com/ubiq using an open source license.
Like bitcoin but unlike Ethereum, Ubiq establishes a monetary policy to control the inflation rate of Ubiq tokens. The inflation rate is set to 8 UBQ per block (7.3%) for the first year, with 8 UBQ rewarded per block with an average block time of 88 seconds. The monetary policy decreases this inflation to 1 UBQ per block (0.7%) over the next 8 years, providing a fixed inflation schedule while preventing a fee-only mining market from developing.
|Year||Supply||Inflation||Inflation Rate||Block Reward|
- Block reward as of 21:34, Thursday, January 21, 2021 (UTC)
Like Ethereum, Ubiq rewards miners when duplicate block solutions are found with some subtle but significant differences. The miner of an uncle block of depth 1 is rewarded 50% of the current block reward, uncle blocks of depth > 1 are not rewarded. A miner that includes an uncle block is rewarded an additional (current block reward / 32) UBQ per included uncle block. These changes minimize the unpredictable inflation introduced by uncle rewards while also acting as an incentive to miners to always mine the head of the chain.
|Year||Block #||Uncle #||Block Reward||Uncle Reward|
The Ubiq blockchain generates blocks using a proof-of-work system with a target average blocktime of 88 seconds. The algorithm used for proof-of-work, Dagger Hashimoto, is the same that is used for Ethereum and Ethereum Classic, however, the longer average block times decreases the growth size of the DAG used to represent the blockchain, enabling lower end (as of 2017) video cards with 2GB of RAM to operate on the chain for over 6 years. In addition, Ubiq integrates a new difficulty adjustment algorithm, Flux, in order to maintain more consistent blocktimes under conditions of variable hash rates. A number of cryptocurrency mining pools support the Ubiq blockchain, including Minerpool, HODLpool, MaxHash, and Ubiqpool.
The price of the native token reached an all-time high of over $7 on 3 Jan 2018.
Decentralized Applications (dApps)
- Mining and Initial Coin Offering review services: APX Ventures
- Token-based prepaid debit cards: QWARK
- Geocaching cryptocurrency: GEO
- Cryptopia exchange utility and share tokens: DOT and CEFS 
Cryptocurrency wallets that support Ubiq:
- Pyrus - Open Source Web Wallet (Forked off of MyEtherWallet)
- Pyrus CX - Chrome-based open source Web Wallet
- Fusion Wallet - Fusion Wallet (Forked off of Mist)
- Sparrow - Ubiq distributed webapps (dApps) (Forked from Metamask)
- Go-Ubiq - go-ubiq (Forked off of go-ethereum)
Hardware wallets that support Ubiq:
Exchanges that Trade Ubiq (UBQ)
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