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India can Clean its Rivers with help from China’s Alibaba

In the past ten years, China has achieved remarkable achievements in river pollution control. More than one million ‘River Chiefs’ have engaged in river pollution management and great changes have been made to those once heavily polluted rivers. Cloud computing and artificial intelligence have become their new tools. Even tech giant Alibaba is also participating in it.

On July 2, Tech giant Alibaba, along with a company called HeZhang Technology,  has launched the plan of “Thousands of Rivers on the Clouds”,aiming to digitize every inch of the river to help the river chief discover the private construction of the river, the river bank garbage and the illegal sewage discharge. In the future, they hope to develop a ‘River Chief AI Brain’ that can help in decision-making based on huge sets of data and AI algorithms.

River Chief
River Chief

In Wuzhen, Zhejiang, Qian Jiansong, one of the village River Chiefs, has served for nearly 7 years. He is responsible for the river channel of the Yongxing Port-Dongjiaqiao Port, with a total length of 2583.9 meters.

Before each cruise, he will open the APP, which is used to record abnormal conditions such as river floats and coastal garbage. The APP also marked the pollution sources and sewage outlets that need to be focused on the surrounding areas.

In Songjiang, Shanghai, more than 80 kilometers away, the technology company has helped the local government to establish a video-based early warning system. The upcoming algorithm can automatically alarm various events, and the information is directly pushed to the corresponding mobile phone.

Before and After images of a river in Shanghai
Before and After images of a river in Shanghai

According to calculations, the previous river digital management system in the city needs two months to implement and it takes only one week to provide services on Alibaba Cloud. Even in rural areas of remote mountains, the system can be used as a registered mailbox. At the same time, Alibaba Cloud’s ability to process big data and a large number of out-of-the-box AI algorithms provide support for the development of the ‘River Chief AI Brain’.

Digital Map of the River
Digital Map of the River

India is one of the countries with a serious shortage of water resources and with serious river pollution in the word.  Many India cities are listed as the most polluted cities in the world. Toxic sewage is discharged into the Ganges River, where water is used to irrigate farmland.

It is hoped that India could draw lessons from China’s experience in river pollution control, introducing technology giants such as Alibaba to solve water pollution problems with the latest technology and return the Indian people a comfortable living environment.

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