KILT Is Now a Parachain on Polkadot!
We are thrilled to announce that yesterday KILT became the first parachain to relocate from Kusama to Polkadot. The stability and bank-level security of Polkadot allow KILT to provide practical, secure decentralized identity solutions for individuals, builders, and large-scale enterprise use cases.
At 20:15 CEST on Monday 3 October, KILT built its first block on Polkadot following the last block on Kusama and is now running as a Polkadot parachain. This milestone opens up a whole new phase for KILT. It is now production-ready for applications that need a more secure environment, and for large-scale enterprises that require the stability and scalability that only Polkadot provides.
KILT Coin holders don’t need to do anything differently — all KILT transactions were stopped when the move started and all data, including KILT Coin balances on the KILT blockchain, remain safe and secure. All services built on KILT are unchanged and can be used as before.
One Chain, One Coin
Following the original plan of “one chain, one coin”, KILT became the first blockchain in the ecosystem to move in its entirety from Kusama to Polkadot. This means that all the KILT Coins and data on KILT/Kusama are now on KILT/Polkadot. There will only ever be one KILT Coin, and all credentials, decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and web3names previously issued on KILT are still valid. This was possible thanks to Polkadot’s groundbreaking technology.
To facilitate the move to Polkadot, the KILT community held a referendum to approve the required runtime changes. The referendum also granted the KILT Council additional rights to facilitate the relocation without restoring the Sudo (super user) key, keeping KILT decentralized throughout the process. This referendum passed with 100% agreement.
The KILT team did rigorous pre-testing, then the final phases of relocation started under the direction of the KILT Council. Transfers were disabled for the duration of the move. Finally the KILT/Kusama chain was stopped by swapping it with a new paraID on Kusama. This produced the finite, last Kusama block.
Using the “Solo-to-parachain” pallet developed by Parity Technologies, KILT was then relocated to Polkadot and started producing blocks on October 3. We’re very thankful to the Parity core developers for their support of the KILT team throughout the move.
For a deep dive into the technical details and phases of the relocation, go to the report on the Polkadot Forum here.
Path to Polkadot
KILT launched as a Kusama parachain in September 2021 as a blockchain identity protocol for generating self-sovereign decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and verifiable credentials. On November 10th of the same year, governance moved into the hands of the community of KILT Coin holders and KILT became a fully decentralized blockchain. Since then, KILT has gone from strength to strength. Thanks to the fast iterations possible on Kusama, significant new functionality was integrated into the KILT runtime.
You can now build your own decentralized digital identity, under your control, with these applications “Built on KILT”:
- Sporran — a wallet for KILT Coins and credentials (How-to Guide)
- Stakeboard — a staking platform for backing KILT collators with KILT Coins (How-to Guide)
- SocialKYC — an identity verification service for social media credentials (How-to Guide)
- DIDsign — a decentralized way to sign any digital file directly in your browser (How-to Guide)
- web3name — a unique name for your digital identity that can be used across ecosystems and linked with addresses and credentials. (How-to Guide)
KILT is a blockchain identity protocol for generating self-sovereign decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and verifiable credentials, providing practical, secure identity solutions for enterprise and consumers.