The FIO Dashboard — One Spot to Manage All Your FIO Protocol Goodies
FIO Protocol is a usability layer which provides wallets and exchanges with a common standard to help make the user experience of sending and receiving crypto easy, joyful, and error free. It’s the technology that makes sending and requesting crypto payments with the FIO Crypto Handle work seamlessly across any blockchain and wallet.
To date, the Foundation for Interwallet Operability has been primarily focused on funding the development of tools and functionality that make it easier for crypto companies to integrate FIO Protocol into their own products. However, with a lot of that initial work now complete, the Foundation is expanding focus to include development of a user-facing product that will make the benefits of FIO Protocol more directly accessible to our users.
With the introduction of the FIO Dashboard, users will be able to experience and manage FIO Protocol goodies through a web-based FIO wallet directly on fioprotocol.io. The FIO Dashboard will grant users the ability to register a free FIO Crypto Handle (also known as a FIO Address), manage FIO token balances, send FIO Requests, and much more — all from a single, streamlined interface on fioprotocol.io
The FIO Dashboard aims to make registering your first FIO Crypto Handle as easy as signing up for an email. No wallet linking, no browser plugins, no gas fees. Just a few clicks and you are in.
With your registered FIO Crypto Handle, the FIO Dashboard will allow you to link that Crypto Handle to any crypto public address from any of your wallets, even if those wallets don’t yet support the FIO Protocol. You will also be able to send a FIO Request and respond to ones sent to you. And because of the bundled transactions that come included with your FIO Crypto Handle, you can do all of that without gas fees.
“But wait, there is more!” With the recently adopted FIO Improvement Proposal 31, your FIO Crypto Handle will never expire and is yours for life.
If you want your own custom domain, you can get that too. Just transfer some of your FIO into the Dashboard to make the purchase. If you own domains, you will be able to see all of them in one place, track their expiration dates and renew them, set the public or private flag, and also transfer ownership to someone else. This last feature may become especially useful as soon as FIO Marketplace (currently in final stages of development) launches. It will allow users to buy and sell FIO Domains directly on-chain.
Lastly, the FIO Dashboard will support the latest innovative feature of the FIO Protocol: NFT Signatures, which allow NFT creators to cryptographically sign their NFTs with their Crypto Handle to prove they are the original creators.
The team established to design and build out the FIO Dashboard consists of both fintech veterans and usability experts, and one of the first decisions to tackle was to find the best compromise between two things that are often at odds in the crypto world: security and usability. To live up the “not your keys not your crypto” ethos the FIO wallet needed to be self-sovereign, but also secure and easy to use. After evaluating several approaches, the team has settled on a web-based product with a familiar user name and password pattern, where the keys are securely stored on the user’s device, but also encrypted and backed up to the cloud for easy, user-secured recovery. EDGE Wallet’s Single-Sign-On Security Platform for Private and Decentralized Applications was a perfect fit for this.
Next came the hard decision on what features should be included in the initial version of the product and, soon after, the functional specification and UX designs started to come together.
The FIO Dashboard team is hard at work and plan to release the initial version of the product in the next couple of months. At the same time, work on additional features has already started.
The goal is to make the FIO Dashboard a comprehensive tool for all things FIO. Future enhancement will enable Staking (coming soon to a node near you), block producer voting, and eventually FIO Dac voting.
Work is also underway to enable Ledger Hardware Wallet support to further increase the security.
FIO, the Foundation for Interwallet Operability, is a decentralized consortium of blockchain organizations and community members supporting the ongoing development, integration, and promotion of the FIO Protocol. The protocol is an open-source, decentralized usability layer solution that works across all blockchains, and uses human-readable Crypto Handles to replace the complexity, risk, and inconvenience that comes with blockchain-based transactions using public addresses.