According to a recent press release published on LinkedIn by Nomadic Labs, as of September 2019, the first smart contract ever developed by a public authority was deployed in the Tezos (XTZ) blockchain.
French Law Enforcement Agency Uses Smart Contracts
Tezos is one of the most popular blockchain networks in the market. In the last year, it expanded as an innovative solution for companies and institutions to deploy their smart contracts.
This time, The French Armies and Gendarmerie’s Information & Public Relations Center (SIRPA) has been validating judicial expenses incurred during investigations. In addition to it, the law enforcement agency has also been recording this information on the Tezos blockchain.
The Gendarmerie’s cybercrime division (C3N) is the one that was using smart contracts on a public distributed ledger to improve its processes and keep control of its tasks and data.
The report explains that this is one of the first examples of how a government organization is able to use smart contracts for operational purposes. At the same time, the C3N is able to acquire cryptocurrencies from the Europol funds to cover operational costs.
The press release goes on by saying that the smart contract deployed was designed to only provide access to authorized individuals, allowing the division to justify expenses without disclosing information about their operations.
Other governmental agencies around the world have been using blockchain technology in order to reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency. A provincial government in Argentina is currently using Bitcoin and Ethereum to store copies of documents.
In Switzerland, blockchain technology is being used to conduct local minor elections and help citizens increase their participation in the community.
At the time of writing this article, XTZ is the 17th largest cryptocurrency in the market with a valuation of $814.69 million. At the same time, each XTZ can be purchased for $1.23.