Can Long-standing Ardor Square Up to New Arrival Polkadot?

Ardor and Polkadot have much in common, but just as much that separates them. Both have made headlines in the crypto press this year.

In Polkadot’s case, it was because the long-awaited brainchild of Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood had finally launched on mainnet after three years in development.

In contrast, Ardor launched nearly three years ago in January 2018. However, this year, it has gained adoption for several notable use cases, including by the Austrian government for two projects. One is to develop a gamification solution for a sustainability initiative aimed at recycling waste heat back into the energy grid. Ardor has also proved its value in the fight against the global pandemic, working on a solution for authenticating COVID-19 tracking data to help Austrian citizens get easier access to virus tests.

For its part, Polkadot is also attracting significant interest from application developers looking to benefit from its interoperability promise. However, what’s going on under the hood of these two projects, and can a three-year-old veteran platform stand up against a newcomer?

History of Ardor and Polkadot

Before diving into each project’s technical specifications, it’s worth taking a look at the history and credentials, as both Ardor and Polkadot have a long pedigree in the blockchain sector.

Swiss blockchain firm Jelurida operates Ardor. The co-founders of Jelurida, Lior Yaffe and Petko Petkov, worked on the core development team of the Nxt blockchain, which was first launched in 2013 and is still running without interruption to this day.

Together with a third co-founder, Kristina Kalcheva, Yaffe and Petkov founded Jelurida in 2016. The firm went on to launch Ardor and its first child chain Ignis, in 2018. Since then, the company has worked on building out the ecosystems around its platforms, focusing on enterprise adoption.

Polkadot was developed by Dr. Gavin Wood, one of the original co-founders of Ethereum and the author of the Solidity programming…

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