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City Brain Now in 23 Cities in Asia

Alibaba Cloud's ET City Brain is harvesting the intelligence of cloud computing to make city living just that much better.

Relive the best moments of the Apsara Conference 2019 at https://www.alibabacloud.com/apsara-conference-2019.

On September 26, during this year's Apsara Conference, Alibaba Cloud discussed some of the new developments and achievements for the ET City Brain project. As of now, City Brain has been implemented in 23 cities across Asia, serving customers in 48 different specific application scenarios across 11 major areas of city life, including transportation, urban government, cultural tourism, and health.

One thing that Alibaba has learned in Hangzhou is that the influence of City Brain on a city cannot be unstated. With Hangzhou slowly reaping the benefits of the original City Brain project, boasting better traffic conditions, transparent government, and more convenient medical services.


During the conference, Alibaba Cloud announced its new cooperation effort with Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport. The airport will be leveraging the scheduling capabilities of ET City Brain to more effectively and intelligently manage a wide array of services. These services include airport departure and arrival schedules, onboarding and off boarding operations, airplane fueling, and also aircraft maintenance and overhauls. Besides these, services such as luggage delivery and in-flight meals will also be covered by City Brain.

In reality, the integration of urban data and airport data makes precise computing and scheduling possible-whether we're talking about the delivery of packages or the collaboration between airports and high-speed rail stations. Through connecting airports, high-speed rails, and city roads, City Brain is helping cities across China and now in Malaysia to save time and resources by improving scheduling efficiency.

ET City Brain was first launched during Alibaba Cloud's 2017 Computing Conference. From serving the road connecting downtown Hangzhou to the Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou to essentially covering the entirety of Hangzhou, ET City Brain is now helping the local municipal government of Hangzhou to improve government operations throughout the city. Over the years, ET City Brain has helped to bring several specific improvements to life in the city of Hangzhou. Below are some of the very specific ways in which City Brain is making life better in Hangzhou:

  • Travel time on the original congested 22-kilometer Zhonghe-Shangtang elevated highway has been reduced by 4.6 minutes on average.
  • Only 2.6 seconds is required to pass a pay station at any pilot parking lot without a traditional barrier gate.
  • Hangzhou is the first city to be able to flexibly control vehicles with non-local licenses. Local Hangzhou residents can apply for 12 digital passes for each non-local vehicles every year. A digital pass allows a visit to travel with non-local vehicles in what are restricted areas during any restricted access period in Hangzhou.
  • Checking in and out of hotels only requires 30 seconds on average with the help of ET City Brain.
  • Digital pass cards eliminate queues for parks, with there being only a 20 seconds wait time on average before entry.
  • The idea of "Treat first, pay later" is coming to fruition, with medical treatment paid after fact, saving on average 1 hour from the doctor visit.
  • ET City Brain have helped ambulances arrive at destination 7 minutes faster on average.

Now, with the wide application of city brain throughout Asia, Hangzhou is not the only city to reap the benefits of ET City Brain. These changes are also starting to be seen in other places in China and Malaysia.

See the map before to see where City Brain has been implemented so far:


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