Alibaba Cloud to support Hangzhou City Brain with AI and deep learning capabilities

The company will also collaborate with NAOC on deep space exploration.

By Kareyst Lin
Oct. 18, 2016

Alibaba Cloud will be providing its artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and data analytics capabilities to two new developments in China.

The first initiative is the Hangzhou City Brain, which aims to help the Hangzhou government address the city's urban living challenges.

It will rely on Alibaba Cloud's AI programme ET and big data analytics capabilities to perform real-time traffic prediction with its video and image recognition technologies. This is to support the city's transportation departments' efforts to ease traffic congestion and provide users with real-time traffic recommendations and travel routes.

With automated traffic system capabilities, intelligent adjustments of traffic lights will be performed on the spot. For example, when a vehicle changes direction, the green light will automatically be extended.

The pilot of this smart traffic management system in the Hangzhou's Xiaoshan District started in September this year. There has since been an 11 percent increase in traffic speed, according to Alibaba Cloud.

"By establishing the Hangzhou City Brain, Hangzhou is taking the lead in harnessing AI and deep learning technologies to promote greater sustainability and improve the quality of urban living for Chinese citizens," said Jian Wang, Chairman of Alibaba Group Technology Steering Committee. 

Collaboration with NAOC on astronomical data storage and analytics

Alibaba Cloud will also be collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC) on deep space exploration. This will leverage Alibaba Cloud's technologies for astronomical data collection and analysis.

The plan is to set up a data and research centre for astronomy, as well as a virtual solar observatory.