Why Build the GBBP?
Every government in the world must perform similar business functions including licensing, contracting, grant management, and other legal, regulatory, enforcement, and constituent services. For example, every local municipality must buy, develop, and maintain technology to issue licenses. Blockchain solutions are being developed for government uses. However, many of them are being built on different blockchains that are not interoperable. This is making governments more fragmented and less efficient. The redundant and wasted resources are staggering. If a small number of applications existed for governments to use, they could white label their portal and the wasted resources could be directed at more beneficial services.
What is the GBBP?
The GBBP is a multi-blockchain platform that has been developed by the GBA as a common environment for GBA members, chapters, and working groups to use to develop and deploy blockchain applications for government services. GBA Working Groups are building platforms that can use the GBBP to network different blockchain applications together and can connect different blockchain applications that are related to each other. For example, the GBA is building out the following domain-specific platforms:
- Citizen Services Blockchain Platform – This solution provides services like birth certificates, marriage licenses, business licenses, building permits, and death certificates. This platform enables solutions to connect and interoperate providing integrated solutions to governments to serve their constituents.
- Emergency Management Platform – This solution collects data from various blockchain applications related to natural disasters, public health, and civil disturbance emergencies and provides emergency managers with critical, real-time information. This information is related to threats, responders, and resource data. The information is presented in a dashboard that helps emergency managers respond to urgent situations
- Healthcare Delivery Blockchain Platform (HDBP) – This platform allows the collection of data from blockchain applications for patients, providers, administrators, emergency personnel, pharmaceutical and equipment suppliers, social services, and law enforcement professionals. The initial focus of this platform focuses on mental health. However, it will be expanded to more general healthcare delivery capabilities later.
- Cryptocurrency Maturity Profile – This dashboard allows for the collection of economic data concerning cryptocurrencies and their impact on governments. The dashboard allows public and private sector finance executives to understand and respond to challenges resulting from the adoption and use of cryptocurrencies.
How Does it Benefit GBA Members?
GBA members may connect their blockchain solution to the GBBP and it acts as a marketplace for government services. The services on the GBBP are sold to governments on a fee-for-services basis. GBA members may generate income by charging for their service or by hosting a node on the GBBP. Funds received from services are distributed to members that provide application services and/or host nodes.
How Does It Work?
- What is Involved in Hosting a GBBP Node and How Do I Do It?
The GBBP Node software is designed to use few computing resources and can run on a Raspberry Pi. The hardware can be purchased for a few hundred dollars and requires minimal electricity. For detailed instructions to download the software and run a GBBP Node Download GBBP Node Setup Instructions. For more information about setting up a node, please contact Mark Waser.
- How Do I Get My Blockchain Solution on the GBBP?
Any GBA organizational member may apply to connect their blockchain application to the GBBP. The minimum criteria for a product to be connected to meet the criteria defined as Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) Level Three. The application is reviewed and if your blockchain solution is on a platform currently supported by the GBBP, you will receive a user agreement and instructions on connecting your application to the GBBP. If your application is on a blockchain not currently supported by the GBBP, a gateway will need to be established. There may be a small fee to build the gateway. For more information about connecting your application to the GBBP, please contact Dr. Ann Ingraham.