On August 20, Alibaba announced the first quarter results of fiscal year 2021. Among them, the quarterly revenue of cloud business was 12.345 billion yuan, with a year-on-year growth rate of 59%. In the first half of 2020, the accumulated revenue exceeded 24.5 billion yuan. According to IDC data, Alibaba cloud is still the largest public cloud service provider in China, and has achieved market share growth for four consecutive quarters. < p > < p > the day before the release of the financial report, Alibaba cloud released another news. Alibaba cloud will comprehensively serve the brain construction of Beijing City, and will implement the environmental protection, smart community, traffic management, smart business district and other scenes around the modernization of urban governance and the core functions of the capital. < / P > < p > only four years after Hangzhou and Alibaba cloud released the first urban brain in 2016, the city brain has been upgraded to 3.0. While strengthening the perception ability, the application scenarios have gradually expanded from traffic to more vertical fields. From Hangzhou’s “base camp” to winning the first tier city projects in Beijing, the business opportunities and challenges are self-evident. Liu Song, vice president of Alibaba, said in an interview with time finance and economics that every city has its own unique evolution process. Beijing, a super first tier city, is more systematic and complex, and can no longer be operated as a basic unit. “For example, Pinggu is mainly engaged in agriculture and tourism, Daxing is mainly a new airport, and Yizhuang is an industrial and technological industry. Through the operation in the vertical field, the city brain can gradually hatch new formats, and even hatch a lot of apps like the consumer Internet. ” < / P > < p > at the same time, alicloud City brain is also facing the challenge of reaching a “consensus” with local governments. In Liu Song’s view, “consensus” has always been the biggest cost in the process of promoting the project, and the situation has improved in recent years. On the construction of “future city”, Liu Song thinks that the potential demand is unlimited, the lifestyle of young people is not the same, and there are more innovative scenes to explore. < p > < p > as of this quarter, the revenue of Alibaba cloud has exceeded 10 billion yuan for three consecutive quarters. This quarter’s revenue reached 12.345 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 59%, leading the global cloud computing 3A camp. In the first half of 2016, Alibaba cloud’s revenue was 2.309 billion yuan, which has reached 24.562 billion yuan by 2020, an increase of more than 10 times in five years. < / P > < p > the rapid growth of Alibaba cloud’s revenue in this quarter is mainly due to the public cloud and hybrid cloud business, as well as the average revenue growth of individual customers. Taking the financial industry as an example, according to IDC, Alibaba cloud ranks first in China’s financial cloud market, covering 60% of insurance companies, 50% of securities companies and hundreds of bank customers. In terms of partners, so far, Alibaba cloud and its partners have released more than 500 joint solutions, covering more than 30 key industry segments, and some of the partners have made more than 100 million revenue on Alibaba cloud. At the technical level, Alibaba builds a complete set of basic systems based on the characteristics of cloud. In July, Alibaba cloud released the third-generation dragon cloud server, with a performance improvement of 160% compared with the previous generation, which can better meet the computing needs of the cloud native era; the cloud native data warehouse analyticdb broke the international performance benchmark tpc-ds record with a performance index of 14.89 million; in the Gartner Cloud Security evaluation, Alibaba cloud’s overall security capability ranked second in the world. In terms of infrastructure investment, in July this year, Alibaba cloud announced three new super data centers and more than one million servers, radiating the three economic zones of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Yangtze River Delta and Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. So far, Alibaba cloud has deployed hundreds of cloud data centers in 22 regions around the world. < / P > < p > on the implementation of specific projects, recently, Alibaba Cloud City brain, together with capital information, qianfang Technology (002373), time Lingyu and other partners, has established Beijing Urban brain alliance, which will focus on the modernization of urban governance and the core functions of the capital, and successively implement environmental protection, smart community, traffic management, smart business district and other scenes. < p > < p > Beijing is one of the cities with the most complicated traffic conditions in China. Not only is the number of motor vehicles up to 6.365 million, but also there are five railway stations and more than 100 tertiary hospitals in the city. These key areas are prone to traffic congestion. The resident population of Beijing is more than 20 million. The travel demand of residents and public transport planning also affect the traffic efficiency of the city. < / P > < p > in order to alleviate traffic congestion in Beijing, Alibaba cloud technicians are using digital technology to analyze road congestion, including congestion index and traffic light duration of multiple sections. In the future, the urban traffic dynamic perception and artificial intelligence signal lights can optimize the signal of urban congestion points. At present, the pilot project of urban brain community has also been launched. The pilot communities build community ecological applications through open platforms, and build smart community applications in service scenarios such as pension, living services, parking, etc., so as to realize the scene system of mutual assistance and mutual rescue and shared governance. During the meeting, relevant persons in charge of Tongzhou District of Beijing introduced the progress of Tongzhou City brain. In 2018, Tongzhou took the lead in exploring the fine governance mode in the field of environmental protection. After the introduction of urban brain, Tongzhou has completed the intelligent environmental monitoring transformation of 155 square kilometers core area by using artificial intelligence, Internet of things, video recognition and other technologies, realizing the digital management of the whole area’s muck vehicles and construction site environment, and greatly reducing the air dust pollution. Alibaba cloud said that more than 30 cities around the world have introduced Alibaba cloud’s urban brain, including Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Haikou, Macao, China and Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia. < / P > < p > the revenue has increased 10 times in five years. Behind the rapid development of Alibaba cloud, the actual implementation of the project has also been facing challenges. Taking the urban brain project as an example, in the process of promoting specific projects, the first thing Alibaba cloud needs to solve is the demand of local governments. < / P > < p > “we follow the demand, and there is no vertical or horizontal promotion plan based on regions and industries.” Tang Rixin, general manager of the digital government division of Alibaba cloud’s intelligent business unit, said, “the evolution of urban brains is different in hundreds of cities in China. Originally, we tried to break through the vertical transportation field, but now we are reconstructing around the customer demand scenarios. ” However, from the perspective of the demander, the government’s ideas and planning are often more demanding, and there is a gap between the final implementation results of Alibaba cloud and its partners. At the summit, Liu Xu, director of big data construction division of Beijing Municipal Bureau of economy and information technology, proposed that in a complex city like Beijing, how many brains are needed and how to connect people to people are all problems that need to be solved. In particular, the social governance during the epidemic period made the government staff further realize that “the connection between the government and the public is still very outdated, still staying at the level of simple SMS notification, and the interaction is stagnant and fragmented. Some connection tools, such as nails and wechat, are also difficult to communicate with each other. ” As the most front-line demander of urban brain, Liu Xu pointed out that “human body only has brain can’t work. IT system must be linked with administrative system and social governance system, and brain should be connected with viscera.” < p > < p > Alibaba vice president Liu Song told time finance that the problems to be solved in building a smart city are much more complex and systematic than any industry, and the biggest cost is consensus cost. < p > < p > the solution for Alibaba cloud is to have a general plan with appropriate expectations. In particular, the success of the first few projects in the short term is very important, and it should be able to solve practical problems. < / P > < p > “at least from the perspective of Beijing’s attempt, it is much better than before in the expectation of consistency of goals. Most of them can’t do anything wrong with the city level leaders. As long as we determine how to use the digital base and vertical application to form the project into a landing closed loop, and gradually build trust. ” Liu Song said. In addition, Liu Song mentioned that the establishment of the urban brain project requires long-term operation and management. Enterprises and the government can establish joint ventures, such as Zhengzhou, Haikou and other places.