Seoul to Offer Blockchain-Backed Administrative Services

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will authorize blockchain-backed administrative services beginning in November.


“We held the first workshop to talk about the contents and requirements to cooperate with each other regarding the establishment of the blockchain administrative service,” said an official of the Seoul City Smart City Officer.

“We will be able to build the service as it is.”

Seoul held a blockchain workshop for the first half of last month at the Incheon International Airport Human Resource Development Institute.

In addition to Seoul’s internal departments building blockchain administrative services, 30 people attended the workshops sessions, including service providers such as Eracle, a blockchain business operator.

Last year, Seoul announced the ‘Blockchain City Seoul Promotion Plan,’ with 14 blockchain-based administrative services promised by 2022.

The plan will invest 123.3 billion won over the next five years.

It will take place on two pillars: vitalize the blockchain-related industry ecosystem and innovate administrative services.

This year’s primary business areas are ‘online qualification verification without documents’, ‘mileage integration management’, ‘expansion of Seoul citizen card service’, ‘sharing donation management details’, ‘prevention of online certificate forgery’, ‘citizen-led smart health’ Care ‘and six.

Among these, ‘documents without online qualification’, ‘mileage integrated management’ and ‘Seoul citizen card service expansion’ services will be introduced in November.

Online qualification without documents replaces the documents submitted for qualification in the Youth Allowance, Resident Audit Claims, etc. with online qualification groups.

‘Mileage integrated management’ is a service that integrates five individual accumulated mileages provided by Seoul, such as eco, passenger car, e-tax, citizen’s health, and public opinion polls, and uses them in connection with mobile payments.

The application of ‘Expansion of Seoul Citizen Card Service’ applies the blockchain-based integrated authentication system to be used for identity verification or electronic signature of public facilities and affiliated services linked to Seoul Citizen Card.

Apart from this, the ‘part-time workers’ rights protection’ service will also be introduced by the end of this year.

The part-time workers’ rights protection service, which was launched in April, is a 2019 public blockchain pilot project hosted by the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) and the Ministry of Science and ICT.

This service manages electronic labor contracts, four major social insurances, and work experience management on a blockchain.

For workers, it is possible to conclude simple labor contracts and provide a basis for legitimate work.

Employers can provide part-time attendance and anti-counterfeiting functions. This aims to build trust between part-time workers and employers and to improve the working environment of small businesses.

The project is being carried out publicly by Hancomweed with Citi Media Services, and the Meyers Consortium.

The blockchain platform will be operated by the city, and the app or web service will be handled by private companies.

Apps or web operators that provide services such as electronic work contracts and time and attendance management can apply. Companies with an operational plan can also apply.