Taipei announced plans to transform into smart city by using technologies of distributed registries (DLT) or blockchain.
The city’s leadership intends to cooperate with IOTA, a project that created the technology Tangle for the Internet of things (IoT) to provide new technological opportunities for residents.
Wei-bin Lee, Commissioner of the Department of information technology of the government of Taipei, stated that the “unique technology” offered by IOTA, will open the era of “smart cities for the residents of Taipei”.
The first project on this platform will be the creation of identity cards for citizens, on the basis of the technology Tangle. A product called “TangleID”, designed to address the risks of identity theft and fraud during election campaigns, but at the same time, it will be possible to track the health of the citizens, the history of their diseases and other information which are necessary for the provision of public services.
The company is already working on a project for the city to create a special card the size of a palm Packed with sensors that will determine the light level, temperature, humidity and air pollution. The aim of this project is to provide the citizens of Taipei for the latest information about the level of contamination in real time.
Co-founder of IOTA, David Sonsteby believes that this is a major step forward in technology adoption:
Our technology is ready for real use, it is not just a theoretical development.