Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has launched the Malaysia City Brain initiative, in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country’s digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the city council in the capital.

The initiative, powered by Alibaba Cloud’s large-scale computing engine Apsara, offers acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by sources in urban spaces through video and image recognition, data mining and machine learning technology. It is expected to enable Malaysian urban planners and city officials to upgrade their city governance and decision-making, said Alibaba in a statement.

In the first phase of the program, Kuala Lumpur will roll out the Malaysia City Brain for use in traffic management.

The Malaysia Tianchi big data program

In another development, Alibaba Cloud has announced the Malaysia Tianchi big data program, a big data crowd intelligence platform aimed at developing solutions for real world problems. Backed by MDEC, the initiative aims to incubate 500 data professionals and 300 startups in Malaysia within two years.

The program will be integrated into Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi global community.

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