The mayor of Loudi, a city in China’s Hunan province, described blockchain technology as a powerful “weapon” that could effectively fight crime.

At a meeting of the Loudi Municipal Public Security Bureau on August 10, Mayor Yang Yueyin responded to reports on the progress of a blockchain pilot project currently being implemented by the office and a local technology company.

The project combines blockchain technology, multi-party computing and big data to improve reliable data exchange and traceability of information over a collaborative network.

This network collects telecom operators, banks and public data from various municipal administrations, such as water and electricity.

At the meeting, officials from the municipal agency for public safety spoke about the progress of the trial, focusing on the potential of the blockchain system to combat illegal activities.

Hunan Chin City Digital Technology Co., Ltd. introduced the project concept and related problems, and made a demonstration of the system as a prototype.

In response, Yang Yueyin said that blockchain technology, along with big data, could be used as a weapon to effectively fight crime. He said that blockchain together with big data can improve the accuracy, depth and breadth of coordinated surveys.

The mayor promised to actively seek more support for the project in the county and strive to make Loudi the first city in the country to use blockchain as a crime-fighting technology.

A boom in the blockchain sector in China
As Cointelegraph previously reported, the Chinese blockchain sector has grown significantly in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

New statistics show that there are 84,410 registered blockchain companies, of which 29,340 are in operation. Guangdong Province in southeast China currently has the largest number of blockchain startups, while Yunnan Province in the southwest ranks second.

As part of an ambitious China National Project, a blockchain-based service network, a new English-language website has been launched to attract international developers.