(Yicai Global) Dec. 21 -- Alibaba Cloud Computing Co. owned by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:BABA), agreed to cooperate with Beijing Capital International Airport yesterday on its cloud computing-based artificial intelligence product ET to assist in the airport's berthing of planes.
Use of the AI product will increase the utilization rate of the airport's plane parking spaces by 10 percent, meaning an additional 20,000 passengers can embark and disembark close to the terminal building without the need to take a shuttle bus to and from planes, Alibaba Cloud's AI expert said.
The application of cloud computing technology in the aviation industry is still in its infancy. The complexity of, e.g. using cloud computing AI to plan new international routes still awaits verification via exhaustive calculations. Cloud computing has already found extensive application in such fields as medical care, industry and meteorology, said Hu Xiaoming, president of Alibaba Cloud.
Alibaba Cloud hopes to catch up with AWS, owned by Amazon.Com Inc. [NASDAQ:AMZN], which is the international leader in cloud computing, within three years. AWS has currently entered into cooperation with many airlines in Poland, Australia, Brazil and Hong Kong, Hu added.
Alibaba Cloud will inevitably compete with Amazon Web Services in the future, Hu said, adding that the company is now preparing to enter the Indian market, and both AWS and Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ:MSFT] have broken into the cloud computing market in South Asia.