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Introducing QT. Connect to real-time blockchain data from 20+ protocols.

Developers: connect your existing off-chain systems, like banking or trading products and services, to blockchain data. Our fully-managed Query & Transaction (QT) nodes for PoS and PoW blockchain networks are currently processing billions of transactions per month for enterprise customers.

Introducing QT. Connect to real-time blockchain data from 20+ protocols.

By Bison Trails · Oct 21 2020

Highlights

  • QT by Bison Trails, connects off-chain systems like banking or trading products and services to blockchain data.
  • QT node infrastructure makes it easy for anyone building a wide range of Web 3.0 applications to validate transactions, obtain information about them (query), and write data such as transfers or smart contract interactions (transactions).
  • Designed for the demands of businesses and enterprises that require high throughput, high availability, and dedicated infrastructure, our QT infrastructure product provides enterprise-grade security, near-infinite redundancy, and authenticated API access to blockchain data on multiple protocols.
  • 40+ networks are now supported on the Bison Trails platform for our Participation + QT products

Start building with blockchain data

Anyone building products and services with blockchain data needs access to reliable read/write nodes. Nodes are the access points into the entire ecosystem. But developing and managing decentralized and resilient node infrastructure in-house is not a simple task, especially when trying to support a diverse range of blockchain protocols. Relying on a provider that rate-limits data usage, or only supports a few networks, is not an option for many businesses that anticipate rapid growth.

Our newly introduced QT product is designed for companies and entrepreneurs facing these challenges as they build secure Web 3.0 applications today. Bison Trails makes it incredibly easy to have secure, highly available access to read/write node infrastructure on multiple blockchain protocols.

The Bison Trails platform was built specifically to service highly secure and decentralized proof of stake networks for block production and validation, with infrastructure that is enterprise-grade and distributed across cloud platforms and regions around the world. QT is a major milestone for our company. We’re now enabling builders in the space to leverage the reliability and security of our platform for their transacting needs.

Joe Lallouz Joe Lallouz, CEO

QT powers a world of innovation

QT provides a robust link between off-chain systems and blockchain networks; any off-chain system can use dedicated infrastructure to read and write data to the blockchain. With QT, it’s now significantly easier for companies to add blockchain support and expand their protocol coverage without investing to develop capabilities in-house.

  • Web 3.0 application developers use QT to validate transactions, obtain information about them (query), and write data such as transfers or smart contract interactions (transact).
  • Exchanges use QT to settle and confirm trades.
  • Data firms use QT to process terabytes of streaming and archival data across networks.
  • Banks need QT to read data, to monitor balances of the addresses they care about, or monitor transactions to make sure that they make it through the mempool and onto the chain.
  • Wallets use QT to send secure transactions.
  • Reporting companies need nodes that contain the history of the blockchain to see what happened in the past, in order to build that transactional history into their product or service.
  • AI and Machine Learning companies that are working in the blockchain space, need to build their indexes off of the data that is stored on nodes to track addresses, look for trends, fraud, or movement in these networks to understand adoption.

Billions of transactions processed per month

Bison Trails is able to meet the demands of enterprise customers building applications that rely on real-time blockchain data with high throughput, high availability, and dedicated resources. Today our QT infrastructure processes billions of transactions per month for our customers.

Each QT cluster, composed of fully-managed read/write nodes and their supporting infrastructure, provides enterprise-grade security, near-infinite redundancy, and authenticated API access to blockchain data.


QT Product Features

We designed QT infrastructure to meet the needs of businesses whose revenue depends on uptime and availability. Our platform-level requirements for high-availability and fast failover mean our infrastructure is well-suited for powering dependable read/write systems. QT infrastructure can automatically recover from the complete failure of a cloud provider in two minutes.

Rob Christensen Rob Christensen, Head of DevOps

QT product features

  • Enterprise-grade security: As one of the most trusted organizations in the blockchain infrastructure industry we design with a security-first mindset. We meet or exceed the high security standards of custodians and exchanges, and our dedicated security team ensures we are up-to-date with best-in-class security practices.
  • High availability: QT clusters (QT nodes and supporting infrastructure) include a choice of a primary cloud provider with built-in multi-cloud resiliency across 12 regions on AWS, GCP, and Azure. We provide 24/7 monitoring, alerting, and dedicated support to make sure your infrastructure is live and healthy.
  • Near-infinite redundancy: We offer near-infinite redundancy across all QT clusters. Requests to your cluster route through redundant load balancers which control access and help distribute and authenticate requests before they hit your node. Your load balancer will automatically redirect requests if a node in your cluster becomes unavailable, spinning up new nodes that are ready in seconds, not hours.
  • Production ready in minutes: Thanks to the Bison Trails platform, Global Blockchain Sync ensures minimal catchup processing for new nodes in your QT clusters. We employ rigorous multi-source verification of our snapshots to ensure their accuracy.
  • Authenticated API access: QT clusters include authenticated RPC access and IP allow-list for easy access management. QT also supports websockets for persistent real-time connections.
  • Private, dedicated clusters: We provide dedicated infrastructure for business-critical applications. The privacy of your data is paramount and every QT cluster is dedicated infrastructure with single tenancy. Bison Trails will not monitor details of your node usage (types of queries, transactions, etc.). We do monitor your node’s availability and overall status to ensure high availability.

Whether you’re an established company looking to free up engineering resources, or you’re a team just getting started in the blockchain space and you want to build something with secure and reliable access to these chains, QT clusters make it fast and easy to build on any of these blockchains. We’re thankful to our early QT customers who helped make this a better product than anything that exists in the ecosystem.

Joe Lallouz Joe Lallouz, CEO

Supported protocols

QT is now available on 40+ networks across 27 protocols, including proof of work protocols like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Zcash:


QT Networks


  • Algorand + Archival
  • Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Bitcoin SV
  • Celo + Archival
  • Cosmos + Archival
  • Dogecoin
  • EOS + Archival
  • Ethereum + Archival
  • Ethereum Classic + Archival
  • eth2
  • Flow
  • Kusama
  • Libra
  • Litecoin
  • Near
  • Oasis
  • Polkadot
  • Solana
  • Tezos + Archival
  • TRON + Archival
  • Zcash

“Bison Trails is building the critical gateways and infrastructure needed for getting mainstream crypto adoption. The team combines strong technical expertise with a deep understanding of the customer experience, which means their product is built for anyone who wants to participate in the crypto ecosystem whether they're technical or not technical. They're one of the few teams approaching the problem from this perspective, which we believe will drive their long-term success.”

Maaria Bajwa, Sound Ventures

Sometimes a full node is not enough

In addition to offering full nodes, we’re proud to offer archival nodes as part of QT clusters. While full nodes contain a record of all transactions, archival nodes also include block-by-block information about the state of the network, such as wallet balances.

Data and Machine Learning companies can make use of archival nodes without the hassle and expense of maintaining them in-house. In addition, our Archival+ offering includes even more data.

  • Tezos Archival+ supports running a chain indexing service attached to the node, so customers can easily query the chain for information.
  • Tron Archival+ can run a MongoDB sidecar in order to automatically index transaction events for a deeper historical picture of chain data.

The data a full node gives you, while very powerful, isn’t always enough. There’s different ways to slice, operate, and use blockchain data. This is why we built QT. We provide optionality.

Aaron Henshaw Aaron Henshaw, Co-founder and CTO

Get started with QT

Developers: interested in building applications with real-time blockchain data or learning more about QT?

Contact us to get started


What’s next?

Bison Trails will also be introducing a QT offering for every Participation protocol we support.

"The Bison Trails team is exceptional in engineering a robust foundation for decentralized protocols, making it easy for individuals and organizations to participate in these networks without compromising security and control. We can't wait to see how developers leverage this infrastructure and move the web3 ecosystem forward."

Kartik Talwar, Partner at A.Capital Ventures

Join our QT video event

QT event

Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 at 11am ET. Join our QT product launch event featuring:

  • Joe Lallouz, CEO
  • Aaron Henshaw, CTO
  • Rob Christensen, Head of DevOps

About Bison Trails


Our mission is to provide superior infrastructure on multiple blockchains, to strengthen the entire ecosystem, and enable the pioneers of tomorrow.

Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure®

Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 19 new chains effortlessly. We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 27 protocols with QT. Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.


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