DUBAI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Dubai announced here Tuesday the start of the first city-wide effort to implement blockchain technology in its city services.
The move, in collaboration with IBM as blockchain lead strategic partner and the New York-based firm Consensys as blockchain city advisor, is the first of its kind worldwide, said the government-controlled Smart Dubai Office (SDO).
The announcement at the media briefing "is a key execution of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020," said the SDO.
Announced in October 2016 by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the project is aimed at developing blockchain in the city, which is a shared virtual database fed with constantly growing list of entry transactions and records.
"We are working towards our goal of making Dubai the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020," said Aisha Bin Bishr, director general of SDO.
Within the next three years, all Dubai ministries and government will contribute to the city's blockchain by sharing their data, but access to certain sensitive data will be restricted depending on the hierarchy within a public institution.
Bin Bishr referred to the Smart Dubai's overall vision as making every-day experiences more safe, seamless, efficient and impactful for all residents and visitors of the city.
Smart Dubai will soon conduct workshops with key government, semi-government and private organizations in Dubai to identify and prioritize the services that can be most enhanced by the application of blockchain technology.