Making the most of what we have and understanding where we can improve city life means innovation will need to move from products to connected services. Underpinning this city-wide transformation is the insightful use of data embedded into models or simulations. These ‘digital twins’ can dramatically improve decision-making, performance and productivity in infrastructure and connected services.
Creating, connecting and analysing data from smart sectors such as energy, transport, waste, health and social care will enable optimised use of resources, achieving a truly smart city.
Within Smart Cities, a digital twin is a virtual model of a city, a digital replica of the physical world. It is used to understand and visualise the pulse of a city faster than real-time which is beneficial, particularly in emergencies, where planners can allocate resources, plan operations and optimise traffic.