Australia has been on the international front line in incorporating blockchain technology into its government departments over the past months.
In developments this year, the Australian federal government has announced that welfare payments could be delivered over blockchain through its Centrelink system. The Australian Department of Health is now actively using blockchain for the storage of medical research records. The Department of Home Affairs is also considering blockchain to bring transparency to the continent’s supply chain. Also, the country has developed a forward-thinking approach to the integration of cryptocurrency into some public services.
In November, the State Government of New South Wales plans to trial a digital drivers license backed by blockchain in Sydney. This will give 140,000 license holders in Sydney’s Eastern Beaches access to the new Secure Logic TrustGrid license.
The new smartphone license on the Service NSW app follows a similar trial held in Dubbo, an NSW town of 55,000, 303 km north-west of Sydney. There, participants were able to use their digital license to gain access to pubs and clubs as well as use as ID when stopped by roadside police for standard checks or breath testing.
Australian data security company Secure Logic’s platform provided the tech behind the digital driver license for both NSW government trials. Secure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said this really is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to blockchain tech, and says that the tech will be hugely influential when applied to public services in the years to come:
“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end, as is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licensed venues. These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive, and impractical ways to offer services.”
South Australian drivers have been able to use a similar app since earlier last September. The SA smart app provides a one-time barcode which refreshes every 30 seconds to prevent fraud. The licenses are able to be scanned in bars and pubs to verify the owner details are genuine and the license is valid.
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