Malaysian capital to adopt Alibaba’s ‘smart city’ platform – TechCrunch

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Alibaba’s cloud computing business will roll out its big data service offering for the cities of Kuala Lumpur to help the Malaysian government manage its capital and potentially other parts of the country in the future.

“City Brain”, an Alibaba Cloud service that uses big data and artificial intelligence on its cloud computing infrastructure, will be used in the city after an agreement with local council Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) was announcement today.

City Brain was first adopted by the Hangzhou government, Alibaba’s hometown, in 2016 to help run operations more efficiently. It’s a pretty nebulous scope of work, but essentially the service pulls all kinds of data – including video feeds, social media, and traffic information – which is then processed to provide information that helps run the business. daily. This could be responding to a traffic accident or providing the data needed to redesign parts of the city to reduce vehicle congestion.

Last August, Alibaba Cloud signed an agreement to bring City Brain to Macau last year, but this deployment in Malaysia will mark the first step outside of Greater China.

As a first step, the system will be used on traffic, with the potential to help with town planning, incident response and other emergency services such as calculating the optimal route to a scene. . Alibaba said it plans to expand the reach of its influence to cover areas that will be of interest to businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and academic and research institutions.

Alibaba has made significant investments both in its cloud business and in the development of artificial intelligence technologies. We wrote about Alibaba Cloud’s big ambitions last year, and in October, the Alibaba Group itself pledged $ 15 billion to a global innovation program focused on cutting-edge technologies.

DAMO Academy – which stands for ‘Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Prospect’ – will have seven offices around the world that will develop areas such as data intelligence, the Internet of Things, financial technologies, quantum computing and science. human-machine interaction. Alibaba plans to work closely with academia. The fruits of the program will likely be visible in services like Cloud Brain.

Alibaba maintains close ties with the Malaysian authorities. She has chosen Kuala Lumpur as the location for a cross-border commerce initiative that she says will help expand e-commerce across Southeast Asia.


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