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China market: Foxconn, HTC participate in Alibaba city brain project

China-based e-commerce operator Alibaba Group has announced that it cooperates with 13 enterprises, including Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics and smartphone vendor HTC, to participate in a project to create a city brain for Hangzhou City, eastern China.

The Hangzhou City Brain project is a new government initiative to address its urban city living issues, such as traffic congestion. It will use Alibaba Cloud’s AI program, namely ET, and Big Data analytics capabilities to perform real-time traffic prediction by using its video and image recognition technologies, and also to facilitate the city government’s transportation planning.

The Alibaba Group announced the Hangzhou City Brain project at a cloud computing conference held in Hangzhou recently.

By establishing the Hangzhou City Brain, Hangzhou is taking the lead in harnessing artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies to conduct a forward-looking practice for social management, according to Jian Wang, chairman of Alibaba Group Technology Steering Committee.

At a keynote delivered at the conference, Jack Ma, chairman of the Alibaba Group, said that the vocabulary of “e-commerce” is likely to die out soon, and instead the emerging five innovative trends – new retailing, new manufacturing, new financing, new technology and new energy (Big Data) – will bring more significant impact on the global economy in the next 10-20 years.

For example, more manufacturing process will be smartized and customized, computer-based technologies will become AI-based ones, and more use of Big Data will create more value, Ma added.

Terry Gou, chairman of the Foxconn Group, also said at the conference that a displays plant of the group in Hangzhou has been using Big Data to improve the yield rate for production of display products, while other molding plants are also using Big Data to develop various kinds of molds.

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