Olsztyn, Poland, is reportedly the first city in the world to use Ethereum’s blockchain to help deliver ambulance services, providing another tangible use case for distributed ledger technology.
Olsztyn completed a successful test run of SmartKey, a bridging technology that connects blockchain to physical assets to support police, fire departments and ambulances.
According to reports, SmartKey will enable rescue teams to do their jobs more efficiently by connecting a smart contract to Teltonika smart devices used by local rescue teams. Through this connection, emergency services can enter any building in the city without having to locate a key holder or wait for permission.
Gustaw Marek Brzezin, Marshal of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship in which Olsztyn is located, made the following statement:
“The need for our emergency services to carry out their tasks unhindered is delicate. The use of Blockchain and SmartKey technology seems to be the perfect solution, offering builders and residents security, but also freedom for our emergency services. “
SmartKey believes that blockchain technology can lay the foundation for the development of smart cities. Although definitions vary, a smart city refers to any urban area that uses new technology and sensors to collect data that can then be used to manage assets, resources and services more efficiently. As a paradigm, smart cities feed into other theories about sustainability and economic development.
The Internet of Things (IoT) could have a significant impact on future smart cities. Connected devices are considered to be one of the biggest growth opportunities of the next decade. For example, the World Economic Forum has identified the Internet of Things as an important pillar of “urban transformation”, especially after COVID-19.
Several cryptocurrency projects operate in the IoT niche, the largest of which is Iota (MIOTA) with a market capitalization of $ 825 million. At least a dozen others have market caps of $ 1 million or more.