The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) announced last week their list of publicly led and privately led blockchain trial projects for 2020.

The government has been selecting such projects since 2018 in order to cultivate blockchain technology and expand related services.

On the publicly led side, the ministry and KISA selected 10 consortiums consisting of 24 companies to work on 10 public tasks. These are:

  • An integrated chronic disease management platform for Gangwon Province (with the participation of ICONLOOP)
  • A digital evidence management platform for the national police
  • A crop production and distribution platform for the rural development agency
  • A welfare benefit management system for the Ministry Health and Welfare
  • A foodstuff safety data platform for the food and drug safety authority
  • A DID-based local public service platform for South Gyeongsang Province
  • A trust platform for autonomous vehicles for Sejong City (see below)
  • A mutual trust toll payment platform for the highway authority
  • A smart water quality management system for Busan
  • A battery life cycle management system for electric cars for Jeju

On the privately led side, there are three consortiums of 12 companies working on three tasks. These are:

  • A smart digital freight transportation platform
  • A support system for untact video and audio contracts for small businesses and private contractors.
  • An individual-focused mobile medical document platform.

LG CNS, the information technology wing of LG Corporation, is participating in four of the projects: three publicly led ones and one privately led one. 

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(By Tim Alper, Cryptonews, May 8)

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