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Covalent ($CQT): unified blockchain data for the entire ecosystem?

Covalent is a multichain protocol that provides easy and quick access to deep, granular, and historical blockchain data.

So far, the blockchain has had an irrevocable impact on modern technology. The spread of decentralized architectures and frameworks has given birth to numerous technological innovations. Despite the technological freedom the blockchain has brought, granular and historical blockchain data is almost impossible to access. Blockchain product users and developers often have no way to explore data on the blockchain; data that are highly unstructured and unstandardized in most cases.

Through its special algorithm, Covalent resolves this issue and guarantees mass adoption for Decentralized ledger technologies (DLT), powered by a rich data infrastructure.

Background

Founded in 2018, Covalent prides itself as a new frontier of development for enterprises, consumers, and software developers. The very first version of the protocol was built at a distributed systems hackathon back in 2017.

After winning the hackathon, co-founders Ganesh Swami and Levi Aul decided to turn the ambitious blockchain implementation into a highly secure, reliable, and easy-to-use decentralized solution. Covalent technology strives to resolve the huge infrastructure problems slowing down blockchain adoption and acceptance worldwide.

The team behind Covalent is a diverse 30-persons group of financial, marketing, and blockchain experts and engineers all with rich experience in decentralized finance (DeFi).

What Is Covalent?

Covalent is a multichain API that provides easy and quick access to deep, granular, and historical blockchain data. This efficient blockchain protocol has managed to index the whole blockchain space to empower blockchain pioneers and leaders of the future. Additionally, the solution bridges the entrenched world of centralized databases with the new world of distributed blockchain technologies.

Covalent’s unified API enables access to the richest and most secure data infrastructure within the decentralized ecosystem. Additionally,  through its immense data infrastructure,  The API allows users to scrutinize numerous well-known and specific blockchain protocols. This gives endless possibilities to participants in terms of transparency and total visibility throughout decentralized networks.

The covalent network’s unique API implementation offers incredible access to historical transaction activity, positions, and token balances to many top Defi and NFT projects. Currently, the protocol is working with the likes of Ethereum, Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, and Avalanche to provide substantial, granular, and accessible data.

Covalent Use Cases

Overall, the full extent of the protocol’s use cases is relatively unknown. However, developers and partners within the platforms have come up with multiple ways to leverage data provided by the protocol.

Wallets

There are over 200,000 ERC-20 tokens on Ethereum and growing all thanks to the composability of DeFi Solutions. Under the Covalent algorithm, wallets are well structured, as they show real-time and historical balances, positions, and most importantly, portfolio value for all of their assets.

Taxes

All DeFi actions are taxable, and having easy access to such data facilitates blockchain transactions and makes firms compliant. Covalent is the only protocol in the market that provides this service for decentralized exchanges (DEXs).

NFT Dashboards

Mainstream blockchain products like Chainguardians and NFTX rely heavily on the platform’s Investor tools to show price trends, liquidity, and ROI of collectibles to educate their clients.

How Covalent works
How Covalent works (Image credit: Beginners Guide to Covalent)

What Makes Covalent Unique

It is no doubt that Covalent is special in regards to other solutions within the market. The platform’s incredible algorithm is rooted in 4 main features, which allows Covalent to provide clients with the best transparency and visibility tool in the blockchain sphere. The features are:

Data availability

Covalent’s infrastructure is responsible for every transaction, contract, and wallet address under its ecosystem. Hence, this blockchain solution is accountable for billions of rows of data and terabytes of data, unlike most projects on the market that provide smaller or minuscule amounts only.

Composability

Composability is viewed as an important tool for DeFI implementations, as it grants users the ability to build financial solutions leveraging building blocks from a multitude of projects. Therefore, Covalent’s immense multichain API ultimately enables developers to instantly construct scalable and data-rich applications powered by a granular data infrastructure.

Multi-blockchain Support

One of the platform’s greatest strengths is its multichain support, as the covalent team is currently working with customers on 7 different well-known blockchain networks, with many more set to join and rely on the protocol soon.

In general, the Covalent team works closely with technical and business teams of their customers across the blockchains networks to ideate, plan, and execute a turn-key solution for developers building on top of their blockchains.

No code solution

The multichain API firmly believes in no-code solutions for clients and participants. Therefore, no overpriced and complicated SQL queries, no subgraph development and maintenance, and no need to invest in highly-skilled developers to simply retrieve blockchain data, which can be a huge waste of engineering time. With one fast and secured API, customers are sure to be satisfied.

Covalent Query Token (CQT)

CQT is the platform utility token and is primarily a proof-of-stake governance token powering Covalent’s rich and robust network. Additionally, the token facilitates the democratization of the multichain solution and enables the creation of blockchain data apps in Covalent’s vast marketplace.

CQT will primarily serve as a governance token, giving voting rights to holders concerning the system’s parameters such as new data sources, specific geolocations, and data modeling requirements. CQT will also be used as a staking asset within the multichain API.

Conclusion

The Multichain API aims to organize the world’s blockchain information, enabling more transparent blockchain actions and transactions. Covalent has successfully managed to resolve issues concerning transparency and visibility within the blockchain.

The platform’s unified API has indexed billions of blockchain data points in the scope of empowering blockchain leaders of tomorrow. It is fair to conclude that Covalent is ahead of its competition, as more than 7 prominent blockchain networks rely on the services of this protocol.

The team’s continuous drive to elevate and scale blockchain technologies is a testimony of the platform’s innovative ecosystem built to bring forward key attributes of decentralization in complete transparency and visibility. Overall, Covenant is set to impact the blockchain space positively, thereby contributing to the worldwide adoption of decentralized technologies.

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Disclosure: Authors are invested in cryptocurrency projects and have cryptocurrency holdings – including those covered on this website. 

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