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Pork industry transformed by new digital management

Facial recognition and other digital technologies are not just helping people open bank accounts and make payments in China. They are also helping pigs grow healthier at lower costs to farmers.

Some pigs in northeast China’s Jilin Province are “lucky dogs” to be included in an experiment with a digital approach in stock breeding.

With overhead cameras that track and identify pigs, the smart solution is able to fine-tune room temperature, measure their weight and feed pigs in a scientific way via robotics, real-time monitoring and data analysis.

This is expected to lead to better-quality pork at lower costs, according to the system’s developer Chinese fintech giant JD Digits.

From pig farming to tea production, digital solutions are widely used by a growing number of sectors in China, with traditional industries picking up pace in going digital.

The core of industries’ digital transformation lies in efficiency improvement, as data analysis can lead to more rational decisions, help tailor supply to meet demand and achieve enhanced efficiency across the whole industrial chain, JD Digits CEO Chen Shengqiang said recently.

“It’s critical for decision-makers to adjust their way of thinking and operations,” Chen said.

A survey from global market intelligence firm International Data Corporation showed that over 40 percent of Chinese enterprise respondents are committed to transforming their businesses via digital technologies.

Financial, telecoms, new retail and brand-oriented manufacturing firms showed advanced progress in this field, an analysis of the applicants from IDC’s annual digital transformation awards in China showed.

A report on the flow of digitalization-related professionals also revealed growing digitalization across sectors.

In addition to information and communication technology, digital talent has started to focus on areas such as consumer goods, finance, education and corporate services, according to the Tsinghua SEM Center for Internet Development and Governance and LinkedIn China.


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