By Anuradha Shukla
Aug. 10, 2017
The Macau government and Alibaba Group will be working together to transform Macau into a smart city.
Under their four-year partnership, Macau will leverage Alibaba's cloud computing technology to develop the city for various verticals.
Once the implementation is complete, Macau will have a highly improved electronic medical system that will be able to help healthcare providers in making decisions using medical information that is available online.
Alibaba will also help Macau to construct a cloud-based platform to link up government departments to boost their efficiency.
"Alibaba Cloud's big data and deep learning technologies have been helping to build 'city brains' in China to improve well-being in urban living," said Alibaba cloud president Simon Hu. "Leveraging our technological advancement and experience into this tailored 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."
Macau's develpment will be done in a phased manner. The very first phase will last till 2019 and focus on building up Macau's cloud computing capabilities.
The management of Macau's road, water and air traffic will be optimised and Alibaba will also support Macau in leveraging the analysis of visitors and consumer targeting.
Looking forward, visitors to Macau will be able to access insight-driven guided tours, enjoy convenient mobile payments and customised online promotions in multiple locations.
Alibaba will also launch a Cloud IT Certificate programme and B2B e-commerce training programme with Macau's tertiary institutes to enable the special administrative region (SAR) to better identify and nurture promising startups.
Other phases of this project will last till 2021 and will cover areas such as environmental protection, economic forecasting and customs clearance.
"After thorough study and research, we have decided to collaborate with Alibaba Group to foster the development of cloud computing and big data technologies," said O Lam, chief of office for Macau's chief executive. "Leveraging the power of these technologies and connecting resources of different government departments, the project is expected to enhance the model of socioeconomic operation in Macau, expediting the city's transition into a truly smart city."