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du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced that the Smart Dubai has endorsed the telco’s Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS). Adding to a growing list of use cases, du is providing the platform, to facilitate The Dubai Blockchain Strategy by giving all government entities the freedom to build on a framework of their choice (Ethereum or Hyperledger) based on their business needs on a fully managed, scalable and secure platform with low cost access through a pay as you go model.

‘Innovating for a smarter, happier UAE’

Farid Faraidooni, Deputy CEO – Enterprise Solutions, EITC, said: “The Dubai blockchain agenda is an integral strategy for the city’s future and we are proud to be a key enabler for the digitisation of the government. By building on top of our BPaaS to support the country’s digital transformation, our blockchain endorsement by the Smart Dubai Office is an important step towards providing smart solutions that create efficiencies for government transactions leading up to 2021. We believe this will augment not only the services that government entities provide, but it will also improve all citizens and residents’ smart city experiences as well as their everyday lives.”

Wesam Lootah, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Dubai, , said: “The city of Dubai has pioneered blockchain from the onset and continues to be a global leader in providing new and improved ways to implement and set the future roadmap for the evolution of this ground-breaking technology. As the Smart Dubai endorsing this new platform, the implementation of a blockchain-powered service will drive our ambitions towards becoming a paperless government by 2021 and improve happiness levels for staff and citizens, as well as save valuable time and resources.”

‘Supporting the Paperless Vision’

du will be providing the Smart Dubai with the Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS), which is a cloud native blockchain infrastructure that can provision a private blockchain networks on Ethereum and Hyperledger fabric frameworks.

Providing a shared environment for POCs, pilots, and production systems, including shared infrastructure and platform monitoring, which will give users the ability to create blockchain networks, deploy and run their use cases, without much knowledge of blockchain networks configuration and DevOps.

This will enable all government entities to transform their current and future activities with the goal of making them digital by the year 2021, in support of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s, Crown Prince of Dubai, paperless vision. The blockchain initiative by Smart Dubai also supports the objective of making the Dubai the smartest and happiest city on Earth.

‘A leading provider of Blockchain solutions’

Earlier this year, du announced the debut of the UAE’s first health sector-related BPaaS solution in conjunction with Dhoner Healthtech. This healthcare solution will ensure patient safety and builds on du’s commitment to developing technology and innovation to enhance society for all.

du announced its partnership with ConsenSys at GITEX Technology Week 2018 building this platform, the UAE’s first Blockchain Platform as a Service. Through this, du showcased an exciting use case built on the top of BPaaS to provide government entities with smart contract capabilities to facilitate document attestation.

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