To ensure the responsiveness, flexibility and security of connected systems in cities, Orange and Smartkey have joined forces to offer the SIM card Blockchain Internet of Things. Via the power of the Blockchain, it makes it possible to manage and communicate with the various electronic management tools that drive cities.
The concept of smartcity has been talked about for years and it is a reality that is sometimes invisible to many. The smart city promises to make all services to the public fluid and with maximum efficiency, both logistically and from the point of view of. We thus speak of public lighting, management of the drinking water network, with, in particular, bicycles often offered for rental by cities, or traffic management.
To achieve this, the city is layingconnected and everything works together. This is called the Internet of Things or IoT. And precisely, so that there is no “quack”, all these little people must speak the same language and follow the same conductor. To achieve this, Orange and society teamed up to create the first SIM card called Blockchain Internet of Things (BIoT). It is by exploiting the famous Blockchain technology that the management of these sensors is made secure, fluid and responsive.
Smartkey and Orange’s BIoT to save lives
And precisely, the blockchain combined with this innovation can be used to save lives by gaining precious seconds. How? ‘Or’ What ? By lowering the access points to pedestrian streets, or by opening the barriers to emergency vehicles as soon as they approach. It is thanks to these special SIM cards thatcan interact with the right sensors and control devices at the right time, quickly and automatically. This is also what the city of Olsztyn, in Poland, has been able to test so that the emergency services can access all the neighborhoods and secure buildings. If the first city to use this card is a Polish city, it is no coincidence: it is in this state that the head office of . And Orange Polska, the largest telecommunications operator, is the leader in solutions for the Internet of Things in this country. The cooperation between these two entities was therefore natural.
With this BIoT, authorized users can have their mobile added to be part of the Smartkey blockchain network and have special keys as needed. The idea is also that all devices can understand each other by using this Smartkey Blockchain as a universal communication standard for more flexibility and responsiveness. For its part, it should be noted that Orange has already supplied more than 2 million SIM cards to use solutions linked to the Internet of Things. After deployment in 80 Polish cities, the two entities will extend their partnership globally to 2,000 cities.
Smartkey and Orange are laying the foundations for the city of tomorrow. © SmartKey, Orange
BIoT at the service of cities and their inhabitants
Having successfully linked blockchain to the Internet of Things opens up new possibilities for connected cities. The use of sensors and other IoT objects makes it possible to collect data and thus optimize and improve the management of cities and their services as much as possible. In other words, SmartKey lays the foundation for what could be the city of tomorrow.
This is precisely what Sebastian Grabowski, IoT director of Orange Poland, highlights. According to him, by focusing on connected objects allied to the blockchain, it is above all the cities that come out of it bigger. This is evidenced by the many fields of action in which they can be used: water supply systems, public lighting or even, with a view to energy transformation, all photovoltaic installations. Because, in fact, with this new technology, it is now possible to collect more data, but also to optimize, predict and adjust if necessary.
Finally, as we are reminded, the director of Smartkey, their innovation first meets a need, that of uniformly connecting an entire fleet of connected objects. But SmartKey’s ambition does not end there. The objective of this young company, by collaborating with Orange, is to be able to develop their innovation on a larger scale, first in Poland, then, then, in other countries. By collaborating in this way with public authorities, it is therefore the services of cities that are facilitated, and therefore the lives of their inhabitants.
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Article produced in partnership with the SmartKey teams