Kansas City, MO, USA – September 18, 2018 – The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, recently announced that Vizsafe’s “Decentralized Crowdsourcing Safety Network” paper has been selected for publication and presentation at the 2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference during their Workshop on Blockchain Enabled Sustainable Smart Cities (BLESS 2018).

The Fourth IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018) will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA during September 16 – 19, 2018. As the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community that is a coalition of six IEEE technical societies and organizations, ISC2-2018 will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policymakers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists, and academicians. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, workshops and exhibitions.


Although there is no single definition, a Smart City is a settlement that uses various technologies to optimize the delivery of services to citizens and increase residents’ quality of life. While a vast array of sensors and IoT devices will be deployed to meet the data requirements of a smart approach to public service delivery, every city’s largest and most sophisticated sensor network takes the form of its citizens. Residents and visitors rely on the city’s infrastructure and services 24/7. As such, they are uniquely positioned to report any issues. What prevents most people from active participation is the lack of a platform that is instantly accessible to every municipal agency with responsibility, and appropriate incentives for participation so that reporting is not seen “as someone else’s responsibility.”

To address these issues, the Vizsafe platform has been designed to mobilize the crowd and give them a reason to submit information that serves their communities. Through the power of blockchain with smart contracts, these reports are stored on a decentralized ledger with SPOT tokens provided to incentivize people who upload incident reports on everything from potential security threats to faulty infrastructure. “It’s the slight nudge that makes ‘someone else’s problem’ into ‘my opportunity’,” said Nathan Whittaker, Senior Solutions Engineer at Vizsafe and IEEE Smart Cities Conference Session Chair. “Once cities begin rewarding participation meaningfully, people cease to be consumers and service users, but rather contribute information for their collective benefit, while reducing costs for businesses and service providers,” he added.

About Vizsafe

Vizsafe is the first decentralized network that crowdsources safety through blockchain incentives, empowering every person on the planet to participate in the safety of the communities where they live, work, visit and play. Vizsafe has leveraged the Ethereum blockchain to enable everyone, everywhere to serve as a node on the GeoawareTM Safety Network and earn SPOT tokens in exchange for safety reports, providing the opportunity for doing well by doing goodTM.

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