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New City I.D. System to use Blockchain for "smart cities" in China

According to an article by China's Xinhua News Agency, an innovative ID registration and updated system will be rolling out for all cities that are part of its "smart city" plan. This further proves some of blockchain's many uses beyond cryptocurrency.

This also paints a rather fantastical picture for us here in the U.S where we might one day be living in a smart city, altogether skipping our visits to the DMV, Tax Office, Social Security Administration, Title Deed Registration Office, Permit Office and many other nightmarish office waiting lines one might think of. All things must start somewhere and for now, even a city applying for its own blockchain-based ID code is a step in the right direction.

China's new City ID system was jointly launched by three separate organizations in Shijiazhuang, North China's Hebei Province and what it does is it allows any of its cities to apply for their own city identification code as of Sunday November 3rd.

Why would a country need such a system in the first place?

"The system will be independently distributed and managed by China, with a unified distribution rule, a resolution of distributed storage and tamper-resistant code," says Zhang Chao, Director of the Zhongguancun Industry & Information Research Institute of Two-dimensional Code Technology, one of the developers of the system. 

The identification code enables connectivity and data sharing between cities. Its technology combines blockchain services and smart city construction. Smart city construction will inevitably lead to innovative blockchain solutions for each individual living in a smart city.

"There was no unified code for industries and departments in today's rapid development of the internet and emerging information technology, causing problems of data interoperability and application incompatibility," said He Kejia, Vice President of the China Research Society of Urban Development.

The smart city code system is based on node code that will will assign unique, global digital identification to cities, Xinhua reported. China began smart city construction in 2016 and with an increase in the amount of people relocating to new cities, higher demands are placed on urban planning, new constructions and operations, imposing huge challenges to infrastructure.

With greater demands for education, health care, water and gas, new sewage lines etc, construction and development levels of cities must be improved to better meet such demands.

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