The developers of Electric Coin Company (ECC) have announced updates on the upcoming launch of the Halo Arc Protocol. The launch schedule is billed for October 1, according to the ad.

“Halo Arc is scheduled for release on October 1, 2021 *, to coincide with the activation of Network Upgrade 5 (NU5),” the announcement reads.

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Halo Arc will take advantage of two upcoming improvements to Zcash (ZEC): Unified Address and Network 5 Upgrade (NU5).

Introducing a future-proof address format

The NU5 is supposed to bring Zcash to the Halo test system, which will represent the evolution of the zk-SNARK technology stack. The new protocol eliminated the additional burden of configuring and upgrading the underlying cryptography.

On the other hand, Unified Addresses introduces a future-proof address format that ensures protected adoption, according to Zcash.

The company said it will provide more details on the unified address, including how it works and how Zcash users are supported.

The product suitable for Halo Arc includes the Zcash Consensus Node (called Zcashd), a Development Kit (SDK), and a prototype ECC Wallet.

The wallet will allow users to perform anonymous transactions by default, and users are allowed to use the new features as they see fit.

The update will be compatible with all Zcash pools

Halo Arc was originally scheduled to launch this summer. But, the developer has decided not to postpone the date the announcement was moved to October to coincide with the activation of Zcash Network Upgrade (NUS).

The update will introduce unified addresses that will be compatible with all Zcash pools, including anonymous and public.

Once online, users don’t necessarily have to “balance” between different types of addresses.

Currently, new address formats are required for protocol upgrades, but this will no longer be the case when Zcash is launched.

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