Alibaba Cloud Launches First Overseas Smart City Project In Kuala Lumpur

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country’s digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).

It is the first time for the City Brain solution to be adopted overseas. Malaysia City Brain offers a comprehensive suite of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big data generated by a diversity of sources in urban spaces through video and image recognition, data mining and machine learning technology.

The City Brain project was launched in October 2016 to reduce traffic congestion by sending out instant traffic alerts and real-time route suggestions to users in Alibaba’s headquarter city Hangzhou. It has since been used in Suzhou and Quzhou. Alibaba also formed a partnership with Macau last August to support Macau’s smart city development.

“Cloud computing, data technology and AI has become fundamental tools for all companies and organizations to operate effectively. Building on this partnership, we are happy to see Malaysia become the first country outside of China to adopt the City Brain." said Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud. "Through the program, we aim to empower all Malaysian stakeholders in both the public and private sectors with the tools to enhance efficiency, advance innovation and succeed in the digital age. For Alibaba Cloud, this is the true meaning of inclusive technology.”

In the first phase of the program, Kuala Lumpur will roll out the Malaysia City Brain for use in traffic management to improve mobility in the city. City Brain can optimize the flow of vehicles and traffic signals by calculating the time to reach intersections. It will also be able to generate summaries of data, such as traffic volume and speed in particular lanes, which can be used to facilitate other tasks including incident detection.

In addition, City Brain can connect with various urban management systems including emergency dispatch, ambulance call, traffic command, and traffic light control. By integrating and analyzing real-time data generated from these systems, City Brian can optimize urban traffic flow such as by identifying the quickest route for emergency vehicles to arrive at the scene within the shortest time frame.

Alibaba Cloud also announced the Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Program, a big data crowd intelligence platform that brings together global data experts to collaborate and compete in developing solutions for real world problems. Backed by MDEC, the initiative aims to incubate 500 data professionals and 300 startups in Malaysia within two years.