Serbia launches first National Artificial Intelligence platform

President Aleksandar Vucić said at the opening that the national data centre will allow access to all information from medical centres across the country later this week. [EPA-EFE / ANDREJ CUKIC]

The first National Artificial Intelligence platform in Serbia was launched on Monday at the State Data Centre in the town of Kragujevac.

President Aleksandar Vucić said at the opening that the national data centre will allow access to all information from medical centres across the country later this week. “Every scan will be received here and we can process a million of them a day,” he said.

The construction of the €30 million data centre on an area of 14,000 square metres was financed by the government. Vučić said that the government paid €2 million for Nvidia supercomputers for the AI platform.

An agreement allowing access to the platform’s database was signed by university deans and institute chiefs as well as the head of the government IT Office and the CEOs of science and technology parks from across Serbia. The signing ceremony was also attended by PM Ana Brnabić and US Ambassador Anthony Godfrey.

The director of the government IT office Mihailo Jovanović said that thanks to the supercomputer, Serbia is ready to make a “new, evolutionary step in the process of digitisation”.

“Such a data centre does not exist in the region,” said Jovanović, adding that the government adopted a Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence at the end of 2019, making it the first country in Southeast Europe to do so.

It was also said at the ceremony that the supercomputer will help innovative startup companies and researchers to develop new products quickly because it will have access to the infrastructure of the best performance.

Ambassador Anthony Godfrey said that Serbia was on the path to becoming a regional technology centre and that US companies were increasingly interested in doing business in Serbia’s technology centre.

“Today’s event is yet another big step on Serbia’s already successful path to becoming a regional technology centre. It doesn’t surprise me that Serbia has chosen Nvidia to become the leader in the field of artificial intelligence and an innovation centre for international start-ups,” the ambassador said in Kragujevac.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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