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The Catenis Network

Catenis brings together all of its logical entities, referred to as a Virtual Devices [digital twins], and its system functionality under one common security and communication context called the Catenis Network. The Catenis Network is a proprietary second-layer protocol that functions on top of the global Bitcoin blockchain. The blockchain acts as a control plane while Bitcoin’s global TCP/IP peer network and protocols empower Catenis’ messaging and digital asset (token) capabilities across its layer (typically referred to as the data plane). In Catenis, transactions consist of ownership of data streams, digital assets, and corresponding access permissions. Catenis can be seen as a closed private layer that sits on top of the global open and auditable Bitcoin blockchain. This network is tightly coupled with all of the facilities of the global blockchain such as peer-to-peer communication, the ledger which controls its entity state, transaction transmission, control information, cryptographic facilities, and so on.

However, it is unlike a private blockchain in that decentralized trust is still maintained. Public access to the control plane is available and customers can independently audit all transactions. Customer system functionality such as logging, sent messages, asset creation, read receipts, and content can be tracked and audited directly by customers via the blockchain and IPFS. Each virtual device can encrypt and decrypt all transmitted information allowing customers to independently verify all interactions, asset transferences, etc. Customers do not need to deploy large globally distributed environments since the base infrastructure of the Catenis Network is the global infrastructure of the Bitcoin blockchain along with IPFS. This reliance allows Catenis to have massive reach, robustness, and fault tolerance at a global level.

Catenis Layer Diagram
Catenis Layer diagram

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