This is the final piece in a six-part series which will showcase the projects built by the Top 6 teams of the #SmartCities Hackathon. The Smart Cities hack was a two event hackathon organized by Hackmakers dedicated to finding innovative solutions to generate more awareness, stronger communications and quicker responses for tomorrow’s smart cities.
Citizens’ are increasingly expecting higher quality services and responses to their needs; be it smarter governance, intelligent mobility or an overall safer city to live. The Smart Administration Challenge category can cover solutions that help cities manage public administration issues.
Safe Cities requires an understanding of the need for security to evolve from a reactive to a proactive approach, with integrated response. The Safe Cities Challenge category can cover solutions that help cities to manage public security issues as a city population and urbanisation grows.
A functioning transportation and logistics system, with the right accompanying infrastructure, is the backbone of a strong economy. The Smart Transportation Challenge category can cover solutions that help megacities help manage their public and private sector mobility more effectively.
Good blockchains have proven that it is nearly impossible to break them by withstanding the tests of time. However they are:
All three are necessary for smart cities unless today’s blockchains are not a sufficient solution for adoption.
To determine the need for a blockchain problem, Team Torus analyzed a 2016 survey conducted in Southern Australia examining the availability of digital services to the public and the likelihood of various age groups to use them.
It was found that substantial demand among the youth for all digital services declines with each. It was also found that the vast majority of traditional services are accessible online and becoming increasingly digitized, and the trend is likely to continue.
In order to adopt such services online in a convenient and a centralized manner, smart cities of the future will likely leverage the security of blockchains. But how do we reconcile the need for optional privacy, programmability, portability and scalability, since these features were always thought to be mutually exclusive.
The Torus Protocol unifies the above factors. It features:
The Torus Protocol is an all encompassing solution which integrates features which are expected from any smart city blockchain protocol.
Proof of Concept
In the context of smart cities and administration, optional privacy is an essential feature that will allow users to remain law-abiding yet invisible. Torus Protocol’s Proof of Concept demonstrates optional privacy as follows:
Illustration – Proof of Concept
The proof of concept features the wallet system storing user parameters of blockchain and decryptable smart contracts. The user wallets have associated tiers which specify individuals legal authority from one upwards.
In the given illustration, four simple transactions are conducted. The first and third are publicly visible transfers.
Access Portal – Web Version
The Torus Ring is the team’s proposed fingerprint based hardware word for the protocol. It would be a sandbox, will only store keys and will support NFCs and remote destruction.
Application of Torus Ring
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