Macau to push through smart city development with help of Alibaba

Chinese eCommerce provider Alibaba has joined forces with the Government of Macau Special Administrative Region by entering into a strategic partnership framework agreement to support the region’s transformation into a smart city.

Under the four-year contract, Macau will use Alibaba’s cloud computing technologies in order to bring benefits to both residents and tourists visiting the city. As part of the smart city project, advanced technologies will be provided by Alibaba Cloud – the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group.

The project runs from 2017 until 2019 and will focus on upgrading the IT infrastructure in Macau to further develop tourism, transportation, healthcare, governance and talent development.

O Lam, Chief of Office of the Chief Executive said: “After setting the goal to turn Macau into a smart city, Macau Government has studied the experience of other cities in developing their own versions of smart cities. After thorough study and research, we have decided to collaborate with Alibaba Group to foster the development of cloud computing and big data technologies.

“By leveraging the power of these technologies and connecting resources of different government departments, the project is expected to enhance the model of socio-economic operation in Macau, expediting the city’s transformation into a smart city.”

After accomplishing the targets in the first phase, the collaboration will further work on environmental protection, economic forecasting and customs clearance in future.

Market intelligence firm IDC, in its analysis of IoT implementation in the Asia Pacific region back in July, placed South Korea at the top. South Korea, according to IDC, scored ‘extremely highly’ on all measures, from business readiness to technological preparedness, as well as rating well on IoT spend as a percentage of GDP, meaning the country’s future plans are just as assured as the present.

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