Tencent seems to have taken a shine to Zhuhai. After signing a deal with the city’s Xiangzhou district back in May to build a cloud computing base, its cloud-computing subsidiary – surprise! – recently won a public tender to provide AI-powered cloud services to the district worth RMB75 million.
Tencent Cloud will provide full-stack public cloud services supported by AI technology, including machine learning, facial recognition, image recognition, voice recognition, natural language processing, optical character recognition and supporting infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services.
The company will also set up various “platforms” for local innovators and entrepreneurs to “enhance their R&D skills”. This will involve the establishment of AI colleges and labs cofounded by Tencent and local universities.
Xiangzhou district is the political, financial and cultural center of Zhuhai, at the forefront of the city’s efforts to digitalize the local government, boost the AI industry, and create a smart city.