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Raft of new infrastructure projects slated for Binhai New Area

The projects in the Tianjin municipality cover a variety of areas, including smart cities, 5G networks, artificial intelligence, intelligent transportation and industrial inter-connectivity.

The intelligent Binhai operation and management centre. Photo: Binhai New Area
The intelligent Binhai operation and management centre. Photo: Binhai New Area

A smart community and a new data centre built on 18.67 hectares are among a 1.39 billion yuan ($196.45m), raft of “new infrastructure” projects slated for Binhai New Area in Tianjin, China.


Other projects, which are expected to support Binhai’s industrial upgrading and “high-quality growth”, cover a variety of areas, including: smart cities; 5G networks; artificial intelligence (AI); intelligent transportation; and industrial inter-connectivity and innovation.


New infrastructure


For the first time, the phrase “new infrastructure” was mentioned in China’s annual Government Work Report delivered in this year’s national legislative session.


Invested by China’s tech giant Tencent, 10 billion yuan will be invested in the data centre project, and the centre will be equipped with 300,000 servers and Tencent’s latest T-block technology.


Upon its completion, the project will be one of Tencent’s eight data centres in China and will play a key role in a national cloud computing centre and cloud service platform. It will support the internet giant’s business in North China and serving internet users all over the country while providing comprehensive cloud platform services to third-party enterprises.

There are many AI-backed projects that have much to do with people’s livelihoods, such as a smart community called Jijingfengge

According to Feng Hu, general manager of Tencent’s Tianjin branch, the first phase is expected to be commissioned in June 2021 with all the servers of the centre installed in the following five to eight years.


Among the new projects is a smart community called Jijingfengge in the eco-city.


The project was built by Singapore-based property company Keppel Land, which plans to roll out guidelines for smart communities and improve management services and utilisation of social resources to better satisfy residents’ demands.


A total of 30 AI-powered application scenarios, which cover more than 50 functions, will be applied to enhance self-governance, health services, safety and ecology as well as property management in the smart community.


Meanwhile, Tianjin MeitengTechnology Co, a national high-tech enterprise, also announced it will expand its presence in Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.


"We will invest to build asci-tech research and development centre and intelligent manufacturing plant in the eco-city, and Meiteng will make greater contributions to the intellectualisation of industry and mining in the future," said Li Taiyou, chairman of the company.


Other projects underway include: Huawei’s intelligent transportation project; China Mobile’s 5G coverage projects for the marine museum and a library of the eco-city; an operation centre of a smart city project by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation; and iFlytek’s AI scheduling platform that serves as the ‘brain’ of an eco-city.


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