DUET Project Helps Cities Address Local Problems With A Digital Twin Technology

A new European initiative leverages the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems to inform urban policy making
By: Digital Urban European Twins (DUET)
ANTWERP, Belgium - March 18, 2020 - PRLog -- The explosion of data along with enabling technologies s already driving a paradigm shift in the way cities and regions are governed. However, many public administrations are still at the start of the transformation journey and progress in general has been slow. DUET is a new project which leverages the advanced capabilities of cloud and high-performance computing, in the form of Digital Twins, to help public sector decision-making become more democratic and effective.

DUET's use of Digital Twins truly changes the policy game, disrupting the field of Smart Cities and transitioning to a new age of Responsive Cities. With responsive cities, solutions are not designed around citizens, they are designed with the citizen placed firmly at the center of the action. Where Smart Cities are technology driven and produce large amounts of data from fixed or centrally controlled sensors, Responsive Cities recognise that citizens are also a major player in data generation which helps to shape real-time city decisions.

Initially, DUET will be developed and tested in Flanders, Pilsen and Athens. These pilots start from different positions on the digital twin journey. Some Flemish cities (e.g. Antwerp) already have a working prototype. Pilsen has the tools but not an integrated solution. Athens is in the early stages of its Digital Transformation Roadmap and is practically starting from scratch. However, all three believe in the concept, sharing a conviction that digital twin technology is key to effective, future-proof policy making.

During the project, DUET will be tested in the smart city environment, with local administrations as its main users. However, a fully developed solution has no restrictions when it comes to potential adopters. City halls, companies (big and small), universities, emergency services all are using DUET because it is cheaper, more advanced and user-friendly than competitor solutions.

At DUET's launch in Antwerp, Project Coordinator Lieven Raes of Agency Informatie Vlanderen said "What is clear now is that the project has an ambitious vision and a correspondingly high potential to realise it while delivering multiple benefits to a variety of stakeholders. Any city regardless of size can use DUET to realise the full potential of city data, and drive an era of smart and co-created policy making."

Notes to Editors
Project website https://www.digitalurbantwins.com/
DUET is a 3-year project launched in December 2019
DUET has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 870697

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