Moscow Government seeks to offer more transparent services using Ethereum.

The Moscow government, capital of Russia, is looking for a contractor to build a blockchain system that houses the city’s administrative services.

A media reported that the Moscow Information Technology Department announced an auction to develop an Ethereum-based system that will house the electronic services now offered to the citizens of Moscow. The estimated cost of developing this project is around 57 million Russian rubles, which is equivalent to around USD 860,000.

The list of services that will be hosted on the platform include: the issuance of documents related to property owners and residents; the allocation of spaces to farmers’ businesses in the city’s markets. The system will be based on the authority test consensus, and has a maximum capacity of 1.5 million simultaneous viewers.

The construction of the platform is expected to take 60 days, once the contractors have been chosen and the agreements signed in accordance with the terms. The Information Technology Department said they hope to increase customer confidence in Moscow’s electronic services by boosting transparency through the use of a blockchain.

The platform will also be integrated with other blockchain experiments that have already been taken by the Moscow state government, which include a voting platform called Active Citizen, which will allow Moscow residents to express their preference in everyday affairs, such as location of new cycle paths and street decorations, when qualifying city events.

The city has been testing Active Citizen since 2017. According to an official announcement, there is also a plan to allow certain districts to vote electronically during the legislative elections this fall, using blockchain technology. This option would be available to approximately 6% of voters.

Another process was launched in 2018, which consists of a system to allocate trade spaces to farmers in the city’s markets, based on the Ethereum blockchain, according to a media report at the time. Around 2,700 trading shelves are available for the market season that runs from April to November, but around 20,000 people usually bid for them.


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