Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and it is a city that has made a commitment to becoming “smart”. As part of this, they have partnered with BiiLabs and the IOTA Foundation. The goal is to use distributed ledger technology in order to operate smart applications across the city. The first place for this to be incorporated is in the citizen cards.
IOTA, a nonprofit, open source, German organization describes itself as a next generation blockchain.
“As the Internet-of-Things keep expanding, the need for interoperability and sharing of resources become a necessity. IOTA enables companies to explore new business-2-business models by making every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees.”
First Time that a DLT Offers More Than Blockchain
It is the first time that a company of its kind, being a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), does more than only offer blockchain. They have developed the Tangle blockless protocol, which is precisely what Taipei will be using. This is a huge step in bringing IoT ecosystems together on an economic basis, paving the way for a huge range of new business models. In fact, IOTA has already started doing this. So far, Taipei citizens have been wholly positive about this development.
“It’s hoped that this will provide citizens with peace of mind without worrying about identity theft or fraud whether through voting, providing background medical record information, or by using any government-related service.”
Citizen Card Is the First Option
The citizen card is just the first option that is being explored. The aim is to resolve data authenticity concerns and improve data integrity. IOTA believes that their system is completely tamper-proof. What this also means is that citizens have the peace of mind of knowing their identity is safe, and they can use the technology for voting, medical records, government services, data exchanges, healthcare, and more.
Taipei CIty is also working with a range of other companies to develop their Airbox, a piece of technology to measure and combat air pollution.
“Taipei City Government, Academia Sinica, Realtek and Asus held an “Air Box PM2.5, project launch press conference” on 3/22 and called on citizens to work together in response to air pollution prevention and control. In this cooperation project, Realtek and Asus donated “Air Box” to each elementary school in Taipei City. This machine can detect temperature, humidity, PM2.5 data and transmit information to a cloud-based platform/website so that students and parents can access the Internet or use an APP to view environmental data.”
The world is watching these developments, particularly in relation to cryptocurrency and developments within the IoT. This was reported on by the Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology, Wei-Bin Lee, at the Taipei City Government.
“IOTA is one of the innovative players in the cryptocurrency world because of its unique technology. With Taipei City always thinking ahead and with IOTA’s technology, this partnership is a strategic move to usher in the era of smart cities to the citizens of Taipei. We welcome the IOTA Foundation to Taipei City and are excited to embark on the future together.”
Collaboration Between Taipei, IOTA and BiiLabs
Taipei City will be delivering on these ambitious plans by working not just with IOTA, but also with BiiLabs, a new startup company.
“BiiLabs is a startup focused on the Distributed Ledger Technology, Blockchain especially based on the IOTA Tangle.”
It is expected that this partnership will be able to focus on a range of opportunities, including sustainability. The overall aim is to make the world of IoT more connected in a secure manner. Achieving this could result in huge positive changes the world over, as everything becomes interconnected.