The IOTA Foundation has recently partnered with Taipei City – the capital of Taiwan – to help it reach its smart city goals. The city will integrate IOTA’s blockless distributed ledger technology called ‘Tangle’ – in a variety of projects.
In the initial project IOTA will work with startup Biilabs, to issue digital National Identification cards with built-in TangleID – IOTA’s ‘blockless’ protocol which enables machines to securely transact data and money with each other – with the aim of providing citizens with peace of mind regarding the threat of identity theft or fraud during the processes of voting, providing background medical record information, and using any government-related service.
“TangleID changes the role of the identifier more secure [sic] by turning it into an encrypted asset”, said Lman Chu, the co-founder of Biilabs. “Because it’s encrypted, no one can copy or spoof it. Only the owner can unlock it. TangleID also stores personal attributes separately from the identifier by means of storing these attributes with a small number of trusted third party institutions.”
Another project is ‘Airbox’ – palm-sized air sensors to be installed in citizens homes and 150 Taipei City elementary schools that detect temperature, humidity, light, and pollution. These sensors will collect and share air quality data online creating a comprehensive environmental network across the city.
“We are so excited about teaming up with Taipei City,” said David Sønstebø, co-founder of the IOTA Foundation. “It proves that our next-generation technology is ready for real-world use cases and is more than just a theory. We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of the effect IOTA can have on making the world of IoT ever-more connected and paving the way for not just smart cities, but a smart world.”