United States-based Infosys subsidiary Infosys Public Services (IPS) on Wednesday said it has completed the pilot of a blockchain solution designed to improve the efficiency, access and security of vital recordkeeping in a county.
Implemented in Riverside County, California’s fourth largest county and the 10th largest in the country, the Blockchain network enables county employees to manage data effectively and securely, while easing access and lowering cost of operations.
“Blockchain technology presents a new opportunity for governments to advance their digital agenda and leapfrog into the next era of secure, citizen-centered services. We are excited about this project with Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Office and appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate how blockchain can enable the county to become more digital, connected, and secure,” IPS CEO Eric Paternoster said in a statement.
The pilot Blockchain network, developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) using Amazon Managed Blockchain, modernizes the once paper-centric operations of the Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Office.
The introduction of blockchain technology enables the Office to store, recreate, and retrieve verifiable digital records, reducing the need for physical storage, the statement said, adding that the solution will also provide citizens more timely and accurate access to their records.
The county currently spends about $500,000 annually to store official records physically to ensure compliance with records retention laws and regulations, a cost incurred by most local governments.
Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Office issues between 58,000 and 90,000 vital records to citizens of the County annually. Currently all vital records requests are fulfilled through issuing of physical paper certificates.
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