How do Guardian Nodes Work

Guardian Nodes function as specialized components within the ZKT protocol, designed to monitor and validate transactions for compliance and privacy. Here's an overview of how they work:

  1. Network Monitoring: Guardian Nodes continuously scan the network, analyzing transactions and blocks as they are proposed and validated. They check for adherence to the protocol's rules, looking for any irregularities or non-compliant activities.

  2. Transaction Validation: When a user initiates a transaction, Guardian Nodes verify its compliance with privacy and regulatory standards. They use cryptographic methods to ensure the transaction is legitimate without compromising the privacy of the users involved.

  3. Consensus Participation: Guardian Nodes participate in the consensus mechanism of the blockchain. They help in validating blocks and transactions, ensuring that only those that meet the protocol’s standards are added to the blockchain.

  4. Alert System: If a Guardian Node detects a non-compliant transaction or any suspicious activity, it raises an alert. This system helps in maintaining the integrity of the network and prevents potential security breaches.

  5. Incentive Mechanism: Operators of Guardian Nodes are incentivized to maintain the network's health and compliance. They receive rewards, often in the form of tokens, based on their participation and effectiveness in monitoring and validating transactions.

  6. Decentralization and Security: The decentralized nature of Guardian Nodes means that no single point of failure can compromise the network. This structure enhances the overall security and robustness of the ZKT protocol.

In summary, Guardian Nodes are integral to the functioning of the ZKT protocol, ensuring that it remains secure, compliant, and private. They operate in a decentralized manner, offering network monitoring, transaction validation, and an alert system, all while incentivizing participants to maintain the network's integrity.

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