HEADLINE Alibaba launches AI services in Europe

HEADLINE

Alibaba launches AI services in Europe

By Jiang Bo | People's Daily app

21:29, February 27, 2018

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Barcelona (People's Daily) - Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, Tuesday launched eight products ranging from big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to infrastructure, security and private cloud solutions at the Mobile World Congress that is taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The array of products will meet the surging demand for powerful and reliable cloud computing services as well as advanced AI solutions among European enterprises to support them to capture opportunities in this digital transformation era.

In relation to data technology and AI, Alibaba Cloud is launching three key products - Image Search solutions, which allow users to search for information online and offline using images; Intelligent Services Robot, a chatbot for business; and Dataphin, an intelligent data engine developed to cope with cross-industry big data development, management and application needs.

"Alibaba Cloud wants to be an enabler for technology innovation in Europe helping enterprises do business. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is a great opportunity for us to refresh our European strategy and consider how we can make an increasing contribution to the digital transformation of enterprises in this market from different sectors with our offerings and expertise," said Wang Yeming, general manager of Alibaba Cloud Europe.

These new products, for the first time in Europe, bring Alibaba Cloud's advanced big data and AI capabilities enabled by supercomputing power. The sophisticated data intelligence solutions already have many successful stories both in China and globally providing proof of concept. Image Search is widely applied in a number of scenarios in China including New Retail, a concept that seamlessly converges online and offline retail. The Intelligent Service Robot served more than 40 million customers in a single day during last year's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. Dataphin, a system for intelligent data creation and management, is now managing 95 percent of the entire Alibaba Group's data and driving all types of data intelligence innovations within the group's business ecosystem from retail to finance, logistics, transportation and health.

"The decision making around how a business is to operate in the digital age is increasingly a strategic one. To meet their changing needs, we are able to leverage our practical experience of digital transformation and successes accumulated in China to the benefit of European enterprises. These advanced solutions will enable organizations in a wide range of sectors and will bring them true connectivity, both locally and globally. For Alibaba Cloud, this is the true meaning of inclusive technology," Mr. Wang added.

Alibaba Cloud opened its first availability zone in Frankfurt, Germany, in November 2016 and recently commenced operation of the second availability zone in the same region. To better serve its customers in Europe, Alibaba Cloud is establishing a technology ecosystem with European partners, such as Vodafone in Germany, the Met Office, which is the national meteorological service for the UK, and Station F, an innovation hub in France. 

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