The luxury brand blockchain platform Arianee is expanding its reach by launching a layer 2 solution on Polygon, aiming to enhance scalability. This new layer 2, powered by Polygon CDK, facilitates the issuance and management of digital product passports for a variety of luxury brands and companies.

Arianee's initiative involves the development of an optimized layer 2 solution on Polygon since early 2023, utilizing Polygon’s Chain Development Kit, which harnesses zero-knowledge proofs. Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, the co-founder and CEO of Arianee, discussed the revamped infrastructure in an interview with Cointelegraph. This re-engineered infrastructure enables brands and developers to create highly customizable, cost-effective, and efficient digital passports and tokens linked to real-world products and assets.

Hurstel emphasized their exclusive focus on building on Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), catering to enterprise and scalable use cases. The decision to opt for a layer 2 solution rather than building on L1 or Polygon mainnet was driven by the need for seamless operation, universal accessibility, and predictable costs.

Arianee's native protocol token will play a pivotal role within the Polygon CDK application-specific chain (appchain), bridged to the Aria20 ERC-20 token on the Ethereum mainnet. This layer-2 appchain launch empowers brands to initiate and manage their own digital product passports and loyalty tokens directly.

Currently, Arianee serves as the infrastructure provider for over 40 brands, including prestigious names like Breitling, Moncler, Yves Saint Laurent, and Lacoste. For instance, luxury watch brands like Breitling utilize Arianee's infrastructure to issue digital product passports, offering blockchain-based proof of ownership to the owners.

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Arianee's infrastructure allows brands like Breitling to issue digital passports for watches to owners, who can 

These digital passports, essentially non-fungible tokens (NFTs), offer customizable utility for their real-world counterparts. Owners retain control over their data and can engage with manufacturers to coordinate product repairs, warranties, insurance, and other related services.

The integration of Polygon’s CDK is expected to enhance scalability and performance through ZK-proof technology. Brands utilizing Ethereum’s ERC-721 token standard for issuing NFTs and digital passports can seamlessly integrate with Arianee’s protocol using Polygon CDK.

Furthermore, the layer-2 functionality provides dedicated block space for individual applications on the protocol, reducing the impact on user experience during periods of high network activity. Polygon’s scaling infrastructure also lowers operational costs associated with gas fees and smart contract execution for applications and services.

Polygon's recent advancements, including the release of a new Type 1 prover in February, further unlock the potential for zero-knowledge proof (ZK-proofs) layer-2 functionality. This open-source technology enables the generation of ZK-proofs for mainnet Ethereum blocks at minimal cost, contributing to the ecosystem's growth and scalability.