Serbian government opens an artificial intelligence platform in Kragujevac

Serbia’s first national artificial intelligence platform was officially launched at the State Data Centre in Kragujevac, central Serbia, on Monday.

The platform is a latest-generation, high-performance supercomputer capable of processing an enormous amount of data in a very short period of time.

The launch ceremony was attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, PM Ana Brnabic, the head of the Serbian government Office for IT and eGovernment Mihailo Jovanovic and US Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey.

They were welcomed by a virtual host – DACA, the Data Centre android.

In a presentation, DACA said the purpose of the Data Centre was to connect two worlds – the real and the virtual world – and to securely store real-world knowledge and data for citizens, businesses, the government, local self-government authorities and commercial clients.

The Kragujevac State Data Centre is five times larger than its Belgrade equivalent. It is unique in the region when it comes to performance and capacities and meets the highest standards for facilities of its kind.

The national AI platform will provide services to the government and local authorities, as well as to universities, science and technology parks and startups.

The platform will enable Serbia to take a new step forward in the digitalisation process and ensure a tool for the even faster and stronger development of its research and innovation community.

The 14,000-square-metre centre, built in slightly under a year and a half, cost 30 million euros.

(Blic, 07.12.2012)

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