Managing a Modern Cityscape: How Tech Mahindra Digitized the Land Registry for Abu Dhabi with Hyperledger Fabric

Read the full case study here.

Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in the world, boasting modern architectural wonders from the first circular skyscraper to the dramatic Etihad towers to the world’s farthest leaning tower. This 375 square mile cityscape is a modern marvel, and managing it requires extensive real estate transactions and records.

Starting from selling a piece of land to constructing a building or residential complex to selling the units to managing tenancy, there are a multitude of steps involved in creating a land deed record and the process can span up to six years to complete. So when Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) set out to digitize processes for the Department of Urban Planning & Municipalities, they made the land registry the starting point. 

With its experience in building enhanced blockchain-based, customer-centric systems within its public sector practice, Tech Mahindra was tapped to bring the city’s paper-based real estate records into the modern era.

To create an end-to-end solution that utilizes automated transactions for sharing and viewing deeds, the Tech Mahindra team knew blockchain technology would play a major role in Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation. With the help of Smart Dubai, the government organization facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, and the Dubai Future Foundation, a government organization focused on blockchain, Tech Mahindra compared various distributed ledger technologies that could scale to match the multi-tenant and growing needs of the ADM’s complex land registry. In the end, the team selected Hyperledger Fabric.

With the new digitized registry, stakeholders can trust that they are working with the most current and validated information because of blockchain’s smart contracts and immutable records, which also eliminate the susceptibility to lost or stolen documents or fraud. While all members on the blockchain can interact with one another and access the same documents on the ledger, each member can also establish a separate, private relationship with another in-network entity and maintain transactional isolation through Hyperledger Fabric’s channels feature. 

This solution is deployed using the multi-tier architecture ADM’s Smart Hub, a web-based application that the city’s citizens already use to electronically perform various municipal activities such as reserving a spot in a parking lot, acquiring permits to public spaces for gatherings, or paying bills. Launching on Smart Hub eliminated the need to educate and onboard the public on a new platform and allowed Tech Mahindra to put more attention towards the back-end infrastructure.

Hyperledger worked up with Tech Mahindra on a case study that details the back-end work, including both the business flow and system architecture, supporting this solution as well as plans for expanding it to support wider digitization of government services. 

Read the full case study here.

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