China Introduces Blockchain-Based Identification System for Smart Cities

China has introduced a blockchain-based identification framework for smart cities, designed for efficient connectivity and information sharing between these urban communities.

The framework has been created by three institutes in the city of Shijiazhuang and will appoint a unique, worldwide digital ID to country-wide smart cities, Global Times revealed November 4, citing state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Zhang Chao, director of the Zhongguancun Industry and Information Research Institute of Two-dimensional Code Technology, one of the creators of the blockchain-based ID framework, stated that the framework was self-created by China and will be “independently distributed and managed by China, with a unified distribution rule, a resolution of distributed storage and tamper-resistant code.”

China began steering smart city development in 2012 and began establishing them in 2016 to create at least 100 smart cities by 2020. As indicated by Deloitte, China had around 500 smart city pilot initiatives, the highest around the world, as of 2018.

The nation has also been embracing blockchain innovation at a fast pace. A month ago, China’s president, Xi Jinping, publicly upheld the innovation, stating that the country should take the leading position in its development. China is also nearly “ready” to introduce its national digital currency following five years of innovative work.