Centre will recommend a national blockchain platform to facilitate enterprises to swiftly adopt blockchain based solutions and services
Swiss-based cybersecurity firm WISeKey International Holding is partnering with Rwanda to establish a blockchain/Internet of Things (IoT) centre of excellence in the African republic.
The centre, located in the capital city of Kigali, will deploy a “trusted blockchain as a service” platform to facilitate the creation of a blockchain ecosystem to help accelerate transformation and growth in Rwanda.
WISeKey will work with experts from industry, government, and academia to address businesses’ most relevant blockchain opportunities with practical, standards-based solutions. It will conduct research, rapid pilot prototyping, co-creation of use cases and IP creation on blockchain technology and platforms.
The project is part of the broader Smart Africa initiative with 17 countries already on board and embracing the fourth industrial revolution.
“This initiative is in line with President Paul Kagame’s vision to leverage information and communication technologies for transformation and growth, while ensuring wins and gains for citizens,” said Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Youth & ICT.
"To succeed in making African homes, offices, schools and cities smart, we have to harness opportunities in exponential technologies. These technologies include artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, big data, IoT, blockchain, and 3D printing."
According to WISeKey, the new centre will help position the country as a key and active player providing access to policy, technical and business expertise.
The cybersecurity firm intends cooperating with local companies participating at the centre, building points of view, proof of concepts, policies, educational materials all the distributed ledger capabilities across different blockchain schemes (public, consortium and private), with industry verticalisation and domain specialisation (IoT, transactions, messaging), underpinned by the best underlying technologies from startups, key partners and the community.
At the heart of this initiative, WISeKey will be localising a WISeID blockchain. WISeID uses blockchain as a public, immutable ledger that allows third parties to validate that the original digital identity or attribute certifications provided by a third trusted party has not been changed or misrepresented. Keeping control of digital identity is key to protecting users’ personal data.
“We strongly believe that the blockchain/IoT centre of excellence will enable dramatic increases in business volume and efficiencies,” said Carlos Moreira, founder and CEO of WISeKey. “Establishing Rwanda as a blockchain/IoT service hub will provide benefits across many industries and encourage technological developments that can serve the continent.”
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