We are pleased today to announce the launch of Blockchain – Infrastructure as a service. What cities and cryptocurrency have in common is that they both use the Blockchain algorithms and protocols to pass encrypted electronic handshakes across physical devices or services.
Incorporating Blockchain into the development of smart cities will make it possible to have a cross-cutting platform that connects a city’s different services, adding greater transparency and security to all processes. This new technology can improve government management, support urban planning, underpin the collaborative economy and contribute to sustainability policies, all within the framework of smart cities.
Currently, more than 50% of the global population lives in cities – a percentage that is expected to reach 67% in thirty years. Even though cities account for the bulk of most countries’ economies and wellbeing, they are also the focus of administrative, organizational, logistical, social and environmental problems.
Uniserve’s CEO Nicholas Jeffery, prior to joining Uniserve, was the lead for smart building and city practices at CBRE. He believes the best solution to these problems is through the development of smart cities, a concept he refers to using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in city administration and municipal services to improve all aspects; such as efficiency, security, the environment, citizen participation, the economy and more. With the Blockchain Infrastructure already in place, Uniserve can now build, host and deploy the platform quickly through hosting in all three of their existing Canadian data centres in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Uniserve currently has one Cryptocurrency mining company hosted in our data centre infrastructure in Vancouver, and by offering our own Blockchain platform, will now speed the time to market for others.
Bitcoin is the name of the best-known cryptocurrency, the one for which Blockchain technology was invented. Blockchain is a digital, decentralized ledger that keeps a record of all transactions that take place across peer-to-peer networks.
CEO Nicholas Jeffery: “Look at this as a left-brain / right brain scenario – we will be providing the infrastructure to buildings, cities and financial institutions – that’s business we are already in. We currently offer security and storage as a service. Blockchain will be sold in the same way – Infrastructure as a service. By working with cities around the country, Uniserve will now be able to provide left and right brain solutions – both within the infrastructure already in place. One side being traditional communications and one being embedded with Artificial Intelligence. We are the first to offer this solution as a service and we believe it will be a significant catalyst for significant growth.”