China’s Alibaba Cloud company contracted to make Macau a ‘smart city’

7 August 2017

The Alibaba Cloud company, a subsidiary of China’s Alibaba group, has been contracted to set up an artificial intelligence centre in Macau, per the terms of a two-phase framework agreement signed on Friday by the president of Alibaba Cloud, Hu Xiaoming, and the Macau chief executive’s cabinet chief, O Lam.

“Alibaba Cloud hopes to build an artificial intelligence centre to help organise matters concerning the population’s standard of living,” for example by creating a smart traffic network and improving the existing electronic health system, Hu stated on the occasion.

The project will be implemented in two phases, first setting up a cloud computing centre and a data platform to cover areas such as tourism promotion, human resources training, traffic management, medical assistance services, integrated urban management and provision of integrated services and financial technology.

The first phase should be operating by July 2019. It will be followed by the second phase, covering areas such as environmental protection, border crossings and economic forecasts, expected to become operational by July 2021.

The collected data will be stored in Macau using a platform set up in accordance with “the most demanding standards of the European Union and the United Nations”, the Alibaba Cloud president guaranteed.

The head the Macau chief executive’s cabinet stated that although this framework agreement is the practical result of a strategy “clearly defined” in the first five-year plan and in the last two government action lines, there is no “overall budget” and adjudication will be done on a “project-by-project” basis.

The agreement’s signing was witnessed by Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the chairman of the Alibaba group’s board of directors, Ma Yun. (Macauhub)