How Chainlink’s Transporter Differs from Other Bridging Apps

Chainlink launches Transporter to tackle blockchain bridging concerns.

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  • Chainlink has unveiled a bridging app called Transporter.
  • Transporter promises to tackle long-running security and user experience concerns associated with bridging solutions.
  • This article explains what differentiates Chainlink’s Transporter from the rest.

Blockchain bridges often get a bad rep. This bad rep comes as these solutions designed to allow for the transfer of assets across typically isolated blockchains have become synonymous with exploits.

Against this backdrop, Chainlink has thrown its hat into the bridging sector, promising to change the narrative with its Transporter bridge.

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Can Transporter succeed where others have failed? To answer this, however, it is necessary to understand what sets it apart.

Let’s dive in!

On Thursday, April 11, Chainlink unveiled Transporter, touting it as “a hyper-secure and intuitive” application for cross-chain transfers. Chainlink noted that at the start, Transporter will support transfers across eight blockchains. These blockchains are Arbitrum, Avalanche, Base, BNB Chain, Ethereum, Optimism, Polygon, and WEMIX.

What sets Transporter apart? According to Chainlink, Transporter combines an intuitive interface that allows users to submit and track their cross-chain transactions in real-time with the security of the Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP).

Transporter user interface.
Transporter user interface. Source: Chainlink

Launched in early access in July 2023, the CCIP is a standard developed by Chainlink to facilitate the secure transfer of data and tokens across blockchains.

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While Transporter is just one of many front ends built to access the CCIP, it is the first major bridging dedicated front end to do so. At the same time, it is the first front end developed by Chainlink to do so.

So, how is CCIP secured?

“Level 5 Security”

In September 2023, Chainlink ranked blockchain bridges in five levels of security. From least secure to most secure, these levels are centralized, decentralization theater, one monolithic network, multiple decentralized networks, and defense-in-depth. According to Chainlink, the CCIP is the only protocol in level 5. 

To achieve this level of security, CCIP leverages three decentralized oracle networks (DONs), each with its own set of node operators to verify each transaction to eliminate the problem of a single point of failure faced in the first three security levels. 

Graphic showing the five cross-chain security levels according to Chainlink.
Graphic showing the five cross-chain security levels according to Chainlink. Source: Chainlink

What differentiates CCIP from a bridge leveraging multiple decentralized oracle networks? The presence of a dedicated risk management network. This risk management network runs on a separate codebase from the committing DON that batches transactions from the sending blockchain and the executing DON that submits these transactions on the destination chain.

The risk management DON re-verifies bundled transactions from the committing DON in search of anomalies before passing them on to the executing DON. If it finds any suspicious activity, it can trigger an emergency shutdown or impose a customizable limit on the number of transactions that can be transferred per time. At the same time, it can trigger a timelock to allow developers to react to threats with protocol upgrades quickly.

Overall, CCIP combines multiple networks, a risk management system, and code diversity to ensure the security of cross-chain transactions.

Leveraging the CCIP, Chainlink asserts that Transporter users can bridge assets “with complete peace of mind.” Moreover, Transporter charges no extra fees beyond the regular CCIP fees, which cover gas and fees for CCIP service providers.

On the Flipside 

  • The CCIP is still a relatively new protocol that must be proven over time.
  • Chainlink’s (LINK) price did not react to the Transporter announcement. LINK is trading at $17.54, representing a negligible 0.1% decline in the past 24 hours, per CoinGecko data at the time of writing.

Why This Matters 

The lack of secure cross-chain interoperability solutions continues to pose a user experience and mainstream adoption hurdle for Web3. Chainlink’s Transporter promises to tackle the security problem while also providing an easy-to-use interface.

Read this for more on Chainlink’s CCIP:
How Chainlink’s CCIP Tackles Cross-Chain Security Concerns

Learn about Polygon’s ambitious plans:
Polygon Wants to Bridge L1s Like Solana to Ethereum, but How?

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Okoya David

David Okoya is a crypto news reporter at DailyCoin based in Nigeria. He covers various topics related to the cryptocurrency industry, including exchanges, regulations, and price movements, and strives to bring fresh angles to breaking news. With experience as a freelance crypto news writer, David upholds the highest journalistic standards, telling complete stories and answering lingering questions whenever possible.