(Yicai Global) Jan. 30 -- Malaysia will be the first country outside China to adopt Alibaba Cloud's City Brain solution, using its artificial intelligence to improve traffic flow, Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said.
The firm's cloud computing arm said yesterday that it had teamed up with the government agencies Malaysia Digital Economy Corp. and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur to introduce its solutions to curb congestion in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Alibaba Cloud Computing Co. rolled out trials in seven Chinese cities including Hangzhou, where it is headquartered, last month.
The pilot phrase of the Kuala Lumpur project will kick off with 382 camera feeds covering 281 intersections, MDEC Chief Executive Yasmin Mahmood said. The system will adjust and control traffic lights to more efficiently direct vehicles.
"The Malaysia City Brain will help Kuala Lumpur to become a role model in Southeast Asia and the world of smart city," Alibaba Cloud President Hu Xiaoming said.
The system City Brain is based on will serve as an open AI platform to provide technical support to science and technology innovation companies and developers, improving the local technical community and stimulating the advancement of AI applications.
Alibaba began cooperating with the Malaysian government last year. Prime Minister Mohammad Najib visited the Chinese company's headquarters and posted a photo online, saying that he hoped to use Chinese cloud computing and AI technologies.
Alibaba Cloud has provided services to Malaysian groups such as AirAsia Berhad and electronic remittance firm Touch 'n Go Sdn Bhd since October last year.