Zoned Architecture

iov42's zoned architecture influences platform performance, security, and governance.


  • The iov42 global platform is based on the formation of local, permissioned DLT networks called zones

  • Each zone is formed by a limited number of locally connected nodes


iov42 zone: a single DLT network made up of a limited number of data center nodes.

Zone characteristics:

  • Every node in the zone participates in consensus and has a copy of the immutable history of all of the zone’s activity - the ledger

  • All data, including transactions, remain within the zone

Forming a zone:

An iov42 zone can be created based on factors such as geographical location, industry, or regulatory requirements. In most cases, geography will also be a determining factor.


  • A group of petroleum suppliers form a zone to allow their customers to trade fuel and carbon certificates within a certain region.

  • Telecommunications companies or internet service providers (ISPs) form a zone to offer the iov42 platform as a service for their customers to develop DLT solutions

Advantages of the zone model:

  • A rapid consensus process and a higher number of transactions per second

  • Little incentive for zone participants to undermine the zone’s integrity

  • Governance is built into each zone through legal agreements made between the node operators

The zones are designed to eventually be able to connect with one another and form a global network of networks that could truly meet demands of scalability, interoperability, and regulatory compliance.

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