Interoperability between separate blockchain networks has become a major theme in the cryptocurrency market over the past year, but several major exploits — such as the $321 million Wormhole exploit — have highlighted the difficulties in achieving cross-chain transfers in a secure manner.
One protocol that has been gaining traction in February thanks to its alternative approach to achieving cross-chain interoperability is Komodo, an open, composable multichain platform that is home to the AtomicDEX wallet and non-custodial decentralized exchange.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after hitting a low of $0.446 on Feb. 20, the price of the platform’s KMD token surged 54% to a daily high of $0.687 on Feb. 22.
Three reasons for the spike in KMD’s price and trading volume include: the recent addition of support for 13 separate blockchain networks with AtomicDEX, fresh nonfungible token (NFT) launches and the secure nature of atomic swaps on AtomicDEX.
Komodo integrates multiple blockchain networks
The most significant development for the Komodo protocol in 2022 to help boost its token price has been the addition of support for 13 different blockchain networks on AtomicDEX.
@AtomicDEX adds @0xPolygon , @avalancheavax , @harmonyprotocol & 10 more protocols#AtomicDEX now offers a new bridging solution that helps support blockchain scalability efforts for both the @ethereum and @Bitcoin cash ecosystems. pic.twitter.com/9EhTnhmb9C
— Komodo (@KomodoPlatform) January 11, 2022
AtomicDEX is one of the few decentralized exchanges to currently offer a wide range of support for not just Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible networks but also networks that share a source code with Bitcoin (BTC), such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) and Dogecoin (DOGE).
Because #DigiByte shares the source code of #Bitcoin it can be integrated into the same systems that utilize BTC. That is significant infrastructure being built. Keep your eye on decentralized exchanges that are working towards interoperability. @KomodoPlatform is a good example.
— LT (Will never ask for or give away crypto) (@LTLovesdigi) February 20, 2022
Some of the other chains that have the potential to be integrated with AtomicDEX in the future, based on comments from various parties, include Digibyte, Cosmos and Polkadot.
Nonfungible tokens launch on Komodo
A second reason for the increase in activity for Komodo has been the introduction of NFTs to the ecosystem with the upcoming launch of Cyber Komodos.
1. Hello world! We’re announcing the #CyberKomodo NFT Collection launching on @TokelPlatform. A collection to commemorate @KomodoPlatform and the great projects and teams that form part of the ecosystem. pic.twitter.com/XMtPda5oIw
— Cyber Komodos (@CyberKomodos) January 25, 2022
NFTs continue to be one of the hottest trending topics in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, and they are also one of the best ways for a network to attract new users and generate engagement with their communities.
Cyber Komodos is a collection of 777 unique Komodos with a varying rarity that will be launched on the Tokel NFT platform on March 15.
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Secure cross-chain swaps
A third factor bringing added attention to Komodo is the cross-chain swapping capability of AtomicDEX, which operates in a person-to-person manner and doesn’t require custodial services.
Following several high-profile exploits of cross-chain bridges like Wormhole and Multichain, concerns related to smart contract exploits and hacks have led to user hesitancy when it comes to locking funds in these protocols.
AtomicDEX performs trades using atomic swaps, which help reduce risk vectors and don’t require custodians or complex smart contracts that are more prone to errors. This, combined with the wide range of supported networks by AtomicDEX, has helped bring added attention to Komodo as security has become a focal point for crypto traders.
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