City in Poland uses blockchain to assist emergency services

Olsztyn in Poland has become the first city in the world to use blockchain to assist their emergency services following integration with SmartKey, a blockchain connection platform.

The SmartKey device and app will enable fire, ambulance and police teams to enter any part of the closed district or secure building within the city safely and securely.

While this pilot uses a physical device, supplied by Teltonika – one of the world’s largest producers of smart devices and an app, SmartKey technology will not always require this.

Gustaw Marek Brzezin, who is the Marshall of the province in which Olsztyn is the capital city, said: “The balance between the safety and security offered by access gates and vehicle barriers and the need for our rescue services to perform their duties without obstruction is a delicate one.

“The use of blockchain and SmartKey technology seems to be like the perfect solution, giving reassurance to building owners and inhabitants, but also freedom for our emergency services.

“Locating a keyholder or waiting to gain access to closed districts costs us valuable time; with SmartKey it is instant and we are excited to be the first city in the world to use this, and proud that Warmia and Masuria citizens will take advantage of such innovation.”

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