The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud, today announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative, the first of its kind to be adopted overseas. This will be done in a joint effort 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, at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

In the recent years, Alibaba has piloted its cloud solution to solve traffic problems in its home city Hangzhou and in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province in southern China. Last year, Dr. Wanli Min, data mining scientist of Alibaba Cloud told TechNode that its solution is applicable to any cities in other countries and is also aimed at helping cities in South East Asia and Europe. 

Malaysia is a country where 24.6% of its people are ethnic Chinese, who dominate business in the country, making it easier for a Chinese company to enter. To seize the e-commerce scene in the country, China’s top e-commerce firms Alibaba and JD.com were considering to invest in the Malaysian subsidiary of Korean online marketplace 11st last year October.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com