Bucharest, Romania, June 14th 2022 – Romania’s National Institute for Research and Development In Informatics – ICI Bucharest (ICI) announces that work is underway for building an institutional NFT marketplace and a decentralized Domain Name System (DNS/TLD) based on the highly scalable and carbon-negative Elrond Network blockchain.
Both initiatives are the first of their kind in the European Union and are being developed in parallel by experts from Romania’s ICI Bucharest in collaboration with Elrond Network developers.
“The goal is to evolve the collaboration between citizens and institutions using a modern digital framework. Web3 technologies can transform public administration and help its institutions and processes leap forward in terms of efficiency and speed, while decreasing costs, overhead and excessive bureaucratic activities” said Adrian Victor Vevera, General Director of ICI Bucharest.
The National System for Issuers and Digital Assets will be the first of its kind in Romania and likely the European Union. It is being created as a public – institutional marketplace for digital assets that will use blockchain-based Decentralized Identity and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) technology to digitize, access, transfer and store official documents, property deeds or various certificates.
In their cryptographically secured format, the documents will retain their validity and utility, while circulating at higher speeds, reduced costs and increased security. This standardized format will simplify the integration with new systems and act as a facilitator for the full digital transformation of public administration and governance.
ICI is also looking to leverage the scalable Elrond Network to build a decentralized Domain Name System (DNS) and Top-Level Domains (TLD).
By deploying this essential layer to digital communication on top of Elrond’s 3200 validators network, ICI is looking to strengthen the security and availability of critical public resources by overcoming the limitations of the legacy DNS and TLD systems, as well as the potential existing vulnerabilities of the actual centralized architecture.
“The intersection of governance and technology creates a universe of opportunities for advancing society. It is the right time to take the initiative along with our partners from ICI and embed Elrond Web3 innovations into the next generation of national and institutional frameworks.” said Beniamin Mincu, Elrond Network CEO.
About the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics – ICI Bucharest
ICI Bucharest was founded in 1970 and is the most important institute in the field of Research, Development and Innovation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Romania, supervising the Romanian National Register for Domain Names – RoTLD – the official authority that manages the .RO Top Level Domains by creating, implementing and maintaining the software systems, databases and infrastructure necessary for the .ro to be existent on the Internet.
The long activity of ICI Bucharest is signified by the realization of Research and Development projects in the field of IT&C, supporting the development of the national information society. ICI Bucharest’s mission is to aggregate excellence in research and innovation, for the development of the knowledge-based economy in Romania and for a better integration in the European and international research space.
Elrond is a new blockchain architecture, designed from scratch to bring a 1000-fold cumulative improvement in throughput and execution speed. To achieve this, Elrond introduces two key innovations: a novel Adaptive State Sharding mechanism, and a Secure Proof of Stake (PoS) algorithm, enabling linear scalability with a fast, efficient, and secure consensus mechanism. Thus, Elrond can process upwards of 15,000 transactions per second (TPS), with 6-second latency, and negligible cost, attempting to become the backbone of a permissionless, borderless, globally accessible internet economy.
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