Austrian Government to subsidize new blockchain project to secure digital communications in times of crisis


The Austrian government will support a new research project based on blockchain, with the aim of providing secure communication channels between authorities, institutions and citizens in these times of crisis.

As announced on 18 June, the Bitcoin Revolution project, launched by communications specialist A-Trust, will use the daughter network Ignis, part of the Ardor blockchain of the Swiss company Jelurida.

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Emergency call
QualiSig recently received a grant of 60,000 euros ($67,300) from the Austrian government following an emergency call by companies needing funds for COVID-19 research.

The project uses transparent encrypted communications and secure, decentralized data storage. The project uses transparent encrypted communications and secure, decentralized data storage. Citizens will be solely responsible for the control of their data, using digital signatures via mobile devices. A-Trust CEO Michael Butz explained:

„The digital signature on mobile phones is a tool widely used by about 1.5 million users, and has been synonymous with highly secure authentication in the digital world for ten years. With the QualiSig project, we would like to provide people living in Austria with the security needed for secure and traceable communication in these difficult times.

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Ardor gains ground in Austria
As Cointelegraph reported last month, the Austrian authorities have also backed another recent project built on the Ignis and Ardor blockchain.

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The HotCity project will use the technology to enable citizens to report on waste heat points in the cities of Vienna and Graz.

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