The Government of Macau Special Administrative Region has formed an alliance with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to develop Macau as a Smart City.
Leveraging Alibaba’s cloud computing technologies, Macau’s information technology infrastructure will be strengthened so that tourism, transportation, healthcare, governance can be developed further.
The partnership is for four years. The first phase, to run between 2017 to 2019,will focus on cloud computing, smart transportation, smart tourism, smart healthcare, and smart city governance, as well as talent development. LaAt a later stage, the scope of collaboration will expand to environmental protection, economic forecasting and customs clearance.
Alibaba has developed similar smart city in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
“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,” said Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud. “Leveraging our advanced technology and experience in this customized 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.”
Last October, Alibaba has launched Hangzhou City Brain, an artificial intelligence and deep learning-based transportation management system which has increased traffic speed by as much as 11 per cent in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan district.
In Macau, Alibaba will leverage the analysis of visitors to the city to provide target consumer marketing tools. It will offer insight-driven guided tours, convenient mobile payments and customized online promotions at the airport, commercial districts, tourist sports, convenience store and restaurants.
It will also help the city enhance its electronic medical system, assisting healthcare decision-making through the use of online medical information.