Connecting Cosmos and Polkadot via Plasm Network And Release of Secret Network Bridge

The plasm team expects to become the cosmos’ gateway for other Polkadot projects in the long term.
Cosmos and Polkadot launched the first iteration of a bridge

The Plasm Network and Secret Network, two projects based on Cosmos and Polkadot launched the first iteration of a bridge to connect two ecosystems, each representing a different “layer-zero” protocol.

On Tuesday, April 13, Plasm Network announced that it had completed building its bridge with Secret Network. First will deploy the bridge on the plasm testnet. Once the Kusama network is ready, will deploy the bridge on Shiden Network. It is a sister network of plasm Networks on Kusama.

The plasm team expects to become the cosmos’ gateway for other Polkadot projects in the long term. The key to this is winning the parachain auctions on Kusama and Polkadot, becoming fully embedded in their environments. Plasm co-founder Sota Watanabe said that “Currently we are focusing on becoming one of the first Kusama parachains. After becoming a parachain, we will implement it on the mainnet. This makes it more decentralized and trustless step by step.

The bridges allow users to transfer assets between the plasm network and secret. Allowing them to enjoy transaction privacy and use Secretswap, the first automated market maker exchange on secret Networks.

Plasm network aims to be a Polkadot parachain that would act as a multi-chain smart contract hub on Polkadot.  Teams are currently focusing on infrastructure development Bridges and interoperability with Polkadot.

According to the plasm network, “Plasm Network 2.0 will be a multi-chain and multi-virtual machine smart contract hub powered by Polkadot.  We are going to connect Polkadot to Cosmos, Ethereum, and more through the plasm network.”

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“The biggest immediate benefit for users with this bridge is that they gain transaction privacy. Users can turn Polkadot-based assets into a secret token that combines the programmability of ERC-20s with the privacy of coin-like Zcash or Monero. Interactions with secret token contracts are encrypted, viewable only to address owners or holders of their viewing key. The bridge will also give users access to secret DeFi, privacy-preserving DeFi apps built on the secret network,” as per the blog post.

Plasm aims to bring the cosmos ecosystem to Polkadot via a secret network. Secret Network is the first-ever privacy-enabled open-source layer 1 blockchain, featuring privacy-preserving smart contracts built atop Cosmos SDK.

Cosmos ecosystem focuses on the “Internet of Blockchains” through its IBC(Inter-blockchain communication), an inter-blockchain communication protocol that can be considered TCP/IP for blockchains.

Cosmos and Polkadot sometimes see as competitors. Watanabe said the bridge drives forward a different vision “This is a first commercial trial that brings cosmos assets to the Polkadot ecosystem and vice versa. We would like to make the idea of ‘Cosmos VS Polkadot’ obsolete.”

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