Alibaba Cloud gives overview of Phase 1 of its Macau Smart City development project

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group, held its first-ever summit in Macau today; to summarise work conducted in the first phase of its co-operation plans with the local authorities’ government to develop Macau as a Smart City.

Alibaba Cloud signed this co-operation agreement with the Macau SAR government in 2017, with the first stage of works carried out between 2017 and 2019, and the second stage between 2019 and 2021.

The Chinese tech group used the first-ever Alibaba Cloud Ecosystem Summit Macau held today as the official conclusion its first-stage of works in Macau; a phase that saw the application of real-time remote inquiry of traffic flows and bus information on mobile applications as part of ‘smart transportation’ plans, as well as smart travel, health care, and governance.

The President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International, Selina Yuan, said today that as Macau received over 30 million tourists last year, the group helped the Tourism Office (MGTO) to analyze real-time tourist flows in peak hours in order to divert visitors to alternative scenic spots.

“It is interesting that Macau is a small but a complex city, with a lot of heritage, thus we have to adjust our algorithm to balance tourists and the protection for heritage buildings,” Ms Yuan shared.

Leo Lui, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Hong Kong, Macau, and Korea, told media that Alibaba Cloud will work on promoting ‘smart environment’, customs and finance in the second stage of its project.

Ms Yuan said that the company has been sharing their Fintech resources on banking, internet, and insurance with their global partners, and was happy to share their experiences and techniques with Macau’s local financial businesses to see what kind of applications would match the needs of the city’s financial sector.

Meanwhile, Alibaba Cloud also launched the Macau Talent Program with a commitment to provide training programs for local students and foster the local technology ecosystem.

It also established the Hong Kong and Macau Eco Alliance, in order to provide enterprises across different industries with access to Alibaba Cloud’s extensive suite of solutions and international partners.