IT Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) — Alibaba Cloud has showcased its latest cloud products that will enable Hong Kong’s public and private sectors in the journey of digital transformation at its ‘Infinity 2019’ Hong Kong summit.

The event featured insight and use case sharing from representatives within Alibaba Cloud’s extensive regional partner and client network who have been actively involved in driving Hong Kong’s smart city development while Alibaba Cloud’s executives introduced the company’s latest product and service offerings.

“Alibaba Cloud harnesses technologies that tackle real-life challenges and improve the quality of modern living. We are committed to working with all our partners to drive digital transformation across various sectors,” said Leo Liu, General Manager of Hong Kong, Macau and Korea at Alibaba Cloud. “Our products integrate capabilities in data technology, AI, machine learning and Internet of Things to provide comprehensive solutions that ignite innovation and enable public sectors, as well as businesses big and small, to thrive within the smart city infrastructure.”

At the event, Alibaba Cloud showcased its analytics and big data solution, DataV, which has recently been applied to help Hong Kong International Airport to monitor the passenger and road traffic inside the terminals and apron respectively. It visualizes traffic data on big screens and sends out timely alerts, enabling rapid analysis and response.

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“Hong Kong International Airport strives to leverage on latest technologies to develop into a smart airport. With the help of Alibaba Cloud’s DataV, we are able to visualize and analyze the data, better deploy resources and hence enhance our operation efficiency,” said Andy Bien, Chief Information Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong.

By integrating live dashboards, DataV is able to present various sets of business data simultaneously on a user-friendly interface. It features geographic information, allowing for the rapid interpretation of data to understand relationships, patterns and trends, as well as more effective data mining and analysis to uncover the full value of data.

In addition to DataV, Alibaba Cloud’s full range of products and solutions were showcased at the summit. A roadmap was also presented, showing how customers in the region will be able to choose products ranging from elastic computing to storage and content distribution network (CDN), database, blockchain, security, analytics and big data, networking and cloud communication, according to their specific business needs. Tailored solutions are also in place to support industries such as transportation, online education, franchises and smart logistics.

Alibaba Cloud’s service capability in Hong Kong has doubled since the company established its first data center in the city in 2014. It is now one of the largest public cloud providers in the region serving a wide range of clients. As part of its committed contribution to fostering a smarter Hong Kong, Alibaba Cloud also announced today that it will join the Smart City Consortium (SCC), a body that advises on Hong Kong’s smart city initiatives. As a member of this professional organization, Alibaba Cloud will contribute its technological insights to improve urban infrastructure and standards of operations in the areas of mobility, security, energy and the environment.

Established in March 2016, SCC is a platform that brings together international and local academic and research institutions, think-tanks, technology and industry associations, as well as businesses to provide advice to the government on the formulation of smart city policies and their effective implementation.

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