The Seoul Metropolitan Government Tests ICON’s Public Blockchain
Yesterday, ICON Foundation announced that the Seoul Metropolitan Government “issued mobile letters of appointment to its Blockchain Governance Team using ICON’s public blockchain” and that “government and supporting agencies are expected to take the first step in leveraging both public and private blockchain systems.”
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is headed by Mayor Park Won-soon, who is also a strong candidate to become the next President of South Korea. In October of last year, Park unveiled a five year plan to invest $108 million into developing Seoul into a blockchain-powered “smart city,” Areas such as “labor welfare, vehicle history management, certification issuance, donation management and elections voting” will be targeted for potential blockchain implementations. This program has led to the formation of the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team, a team of “100 citizens comprised of college students, developers, corporate representatives, and more.”
ICON’s most recent collaboration with the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team involves the issuance of appointment certificates developed by ICONLOOP, a sub-team within ICON that focuses on private enterprise blockchain implementations. While past ICONLOOP projects like CHAIN ID don’t necessarily involve the ICON public chain, the entities involved in the issuance of appointment certificates for the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team have elected to timestamp records on the ICON public chain, which requires ICX for transaction fees. According to ICON, “letter of appointment issuance records are stored on the ICON public blockchain, making falsification and fake issuance impossible. Authenticity of the record can be verified in the ICON Tracker by searching for a specific transaction.”
The ICX transactions containing appointment certificate data can be viewed on the ICON Tracker. At the time of writing, there have been a total of ten tests conducted from this wallet address.