Alibaba Cloud aims to increase efficiency and revenue for China’s farmers while improving food safety for consumers through the use of big data and artificial intelligence.  It’s new platform, dubbed ET Agricultural Brain, was launched in Shanghai on May 7.

The system is already being used by Tequ Group, a large food and farming enterprise, on its pig farms in Sichuan province. Additionally, Haisheng Group and Guoqiang Modern Farming have implemented the platform on their fruit and vegetable farms.

Alibaba Cloud says that by using visual recognition, voice recognition, and environmental parameter monitoring, the technology will allow farmers to oversee animals on a farm in real time. The platform’s pig farming applications were revealed in February 2018 when Alibaba signed a cooperation agreement with Tequ and Dekon Group to train and develop the ET Brain (in Chinese).

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.