After the latest announcements about IOTA (MIOTA) partnering with the Taiwanese government in order to elevate Taipei (capital of Taiwan) to a modest IoT compatible Smart City, fresh news hit the community today wanting IOTA’s Tangle (an alternative network to blockchain created by the IOTA Foundation) to be the basis for an encrypted database where Digital Citizen Identification data will be stored and used in order to avoid traditional methods of identity theft and voting fraud as the major examples. At the same time, the digital ID network based on IOTA’s Tangle could carry information regarding a citizen’s health status, geolocation and could be used to authorize governmental level services, such as social security.
The previous revelation of IOTA’s role in the upgrade of Taipei, where Airbox, a company powered by Realtek and ASUS among other networking and sensor specializing companies, teams up with the legal authorities of Taipei City and IOTA to create palm-sized artificial trees, with sensors that can detect, analyze and promote information regarding the city’s temperature, humidity, light and air pollution, using the Tangle Network through IoT based applications and Coordinators around the city, was a big surprise for both the Internet Of Things (IoT) community as well as for the Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) community as many started to lose faith in IOTA during the recent bear market that affected pretty much every dlt platform. The artificial sensors will be placed at citizen areas as well as in 150 elementary schools of the city.
Wei-Bin Lee, the commissioner of the Departement of Information Technology (IT) in Tawain, confirmed that Taipei will be working with IOTA (MIOTA) and BiiLabs on the Digital Identification project, telling that it was one of the many proof-of-concept plans the city had. Mr. Lee added that Taipei will be working closely with IOTA in several projects the Smart City could benefit from, besides the ID and Artificial Palm-Tree Sensors, all using IOTA’s revolutionary Tangle network and stated that this is just the beginning of the relationship between the three parties (Taipei City, IOTA Foundation, and BiiLabs) in order to make Taipei a fully IoT based Smart City.
We already know that many other major cities including London, Dubai, and Singapore are already working on becoming “Smart Cities” with the help of well-established industrial companies with decades of expertise in IoT prehistory like IBM as well as new start-ups like London’s Smart.London Ecosystem.
The Internet Of Things (IoT) is a basic component of a successful smart city, relying on 5g networks, blockchain networks and other DLT based networks like IOTA’s Tangle. Therefore platforms like IOTA Foundation will have a leading vote in the development of the future of Smart Cities on a global scale. Both industrial corporations and governmental institutions already chose IOTA to help them level up to the new era of Industry 4.0.
A quick list of IOTA’s established partnerships on a governmental level includes the Dutch city of Haarlem where the Tangle is used to administrate legal documents regarding social housing, the Swedish government, which is examining IOTA (MIOTA) as a possible option to take over as a digital version of their native currency (e-crown), and Tokyo, among other cities, which have chosen IOTA as the German candidate to participate in the Tokyo Government Metropolitan Programm, in order to upgrade Tokyo from an already futuristic city into a sci-fi metropolis.
Even after so many FUD and skepticism against IOTA, the Foundation have proved that up until now it is the only solid platform that is being trusted and used by corporate titans and multiple governments in order to provide real-time solutions for the majority of networking, accessibility and authentication issues they might had experienced in the past.
What are your thoughts on IOTA (MIOTA) working on such high priority and delicate projects that can take no mistakes during the process? A failed collaboration or a change of heart of any of these countries could result to a chain of bad critics about the IOTA Foundation. Let me know what you think in the comment below.