At least, that is what has been foreseen since the government and the Alibaba group agreed a four-year deal divided into two distinct phases. The first phase – scheduled to be completed next June – comprises the creation of a cloud computing data centre in Macau, and data mapping of information for the government. The second phase, running from July 2019 to June 2021, will then use that data, coupled with Alibaba’s Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Deep Learning systems ‘to create vast improvements in the city’s environment, Customs clearance, and financial forecasting.’
‘It is a significant trend for cities around the world to adopt Smart City related methodology in their development,’ says the government. ‘We will consolidate the strength of the government, enterprises, organisations and consultation bodies, and make reference to local and overseas experiences in building Smart Cities.’
Before entering the second phase, several stages are expected to be completed, according to the Five-Year Development Plan of the Macau Special Administrative Region (2016-2020): the formulation of laws and regulations, licensing mechanism and technological support; motivating operators to improve network quality through adequate monitoring; and maintaining market order in the telecommunication industry to leverage the market mechanism, thus improving the overall quality of telecommunication services; and launching three-network integrated services in 2019, subject to conditions.
The Xinghui Bank, created by the Alibaba Group, will contribute to this second phase.