Macau’s digital transformation will leverage Alibaba Cloud technology including deep learning and big data technologies
The online and mobile marketplace, Alibaba Group, and the Government of Macau Special Administrative Region, have entered into a strategic partnership framework agreement to drive smart city development.
Under the four-year agreement, Alibaba will support the autonomous East Asia region’s transformation into a smart city by using cloud computing technologies in order to bring benefits to both residents and tourists visiting the city. The parties will collaborate in upgrading the IT infrastructure in Macau to foster developments in tourism, transportation, healthcare, governance and talent development.
O Lam, chief of office of the chief executive said: “After setting the goal to turn Macau into a smart city, Macau Government has studied the experience of other cities in developing their own versions of smart cities. After thorough study and research, we have decided to collaborate with Alibaba Group to foster the development of cloud computing and big data technologies.
“By leveraging the power of these technologies and connecting resources of different government departments, the project is expected to enhance the model of socio-economic operation in Macau, expediting the city’s transformation into a smart city.”
Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud said: “Alibaba Cloud’s big data and deep learning technologies have been helping to build ‘city brains’ in China to improve well-being of urban residents.
Leveraging our advanced technology and experience in this customised project, we are confident that the success of Macau’s digital transformation will serve as an example of a truly smart city in the region.”
In the first phase from 2017 to 2019, the collaboration will focus on cloud computing, smart transportation, smart tourism, smart healthcare, and smart city governance, as well as talent development:
Alibaba has a proven track record in smart city development which this newly announced collaboration will seek to build on. One example is the Hangzhou City Brain, which was launched in October 2016 based on artificial intelligence and deep learning.
It reduces traffic congestion by sending out instant traffic alerts and route suggestions to users by real-time prediction of traffic movement. This transportation management system, piloted in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan District, has increased traffic speed by as much as 11 per cent.
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