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NYC adopts blockchain-based smart city standard

The programme will see hundreds of smart sensors and LPWAN gateways deployed across the business districts in New York

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Sensors around the city aim to improve citizens' quality of life
Sensors around the city aim to improve citizens' quality of life

New York City has adopted the Berlin-based blockchain non-profit company MXC’s smart city Internet of Things (IoT) standard, the MXProtocol. The pilot integration programme will start in 2019 in cooperation with LPWAN hardware and software company, MatchX, and Citiesense, which helps cities map, analyse and manage their data.

 

The 2019 NYC smart city programme will see hundreds of smart sensors and low power wide area network (LPWAN) gateways deployed across the business districts in NYC.

 

Improving quality of life

 

The high-tech sensors will manage local assets and collect data to optimise waste management by using detailed insight to reduce operational cost and decrease traffic congestion with the aim of improving local residents’ quality of life.

 

“This is a big day for New Yorkers and for the future of IoT,” said Aaron Wagener, co-founder MXC. “Using the MXProtocol and the insights of Citiesense we’re significantly increasing data reach and efficiency, ultimately improving the lives of all citizens throughout the city.”

 

According to MXC, 2019 is expected to usher in a new wave in blockchain technology, with a clear focus on integration and real-world implementation. With more international cities expected to roll out throughout 2019, MXC said it is focusing on giving blockchain a “true purpose” within the IoT world.

"We’re significantly increasing data reach and efficiency, ultimately improving the lives of all citizens throughout the city”

 

“Data has the potential to massively improve efficiency and reduce our environmental impact around the globe,” continued Starling Childs, CEO of Citiesense. “By incorporating the LPWAN standard, we’re ensuring that data is transmitted both reliably and efficiently.”

 

“LPWAN is the most energy efficient and reliable technology for wireless transmissions in smart cities,” added Xin Hu, CEO of MatchX. “This joint partnership will function as the model for future smart city integrations.”

 

The MXC Foundation is a purpose-built non-profit with the mission to inspire fast, efficient, decentralised data exchanges using LPWAN and blockchain technology. The MXC team said it believes that MXC paired with LPWAN is the next step in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, creating a smart city standard for the future of IoT.

 

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