A Digital Twin is, as it were, a digital copy of reality. In the simplest form, it is a digital map or plan that tells you where exactly the buildings are, the roads are located or the trash cans are placed. With modern technology, we are increasingly able to not only show this map image, but also to have it move dynamically with what is really happening outside. For example, it is possible within a digital twin to see how the shade of the trees changes during the day or when a traffic jam threatens to arise in the city. There are even digital twins that are completely built in 3D with which you can walk virtually through your own city. A Digital Twin offers the possibility to view all information in context.
With a digital twin, administrators have much better insight into the current status of the public space. This allows them to anticipate problems or malfunctions more quickly. It is also possible to play certain scenarios so that you can see what happens if a demonstration, event or roadblock takes place in the city. The digital twin also offers the manager a broader view of the outdoor space that transcends domains. These insights offer many opportunities to find synergy between other domains and thus perform cost-efficient management.
The deployment of a digital twin can also be very valuable in involving citizens in the intended changes. For example, you can use a simulation to show residents what effect windmills have on their environment or what the new layout of a street will look like. By visualizing these kinds of adjustments to the public space, you make it more concrete for those involved to say something well-founded about this. It is therefore a valuable tool for citizen participation processes.
A condition for a digital twin to be able to display this information in real-time is an up-to-date and continuous flow of data that provides the digital twin with information about what is happening outside on the street at that moment. This means that every item in the public space must be digitized so that the data can be collected. The quality of the data is crucial to provide an up-to-date presentation of an object or area in a Digital Twin. IoT sensors are a means of collecting this data, but also think of existing static data sets such as the time the sun rises or sets and how the sun, and thus the shadow, changes during the day, or what the tides of the water are. to be.
It will take some time before we have digitized everything. However, you can also start small with a digital twin. A lot of open data is already available, which offers a good foundation to build on. This can be per domain or per area. A digital twin is just like reality; it is never finished and is always evolving.
To aid in the development of a Digital Twin, WeCity offers a catalog of data sources, ready-to-use digital building blocks (BIM models) for use in Digital Twin, and a range of experienced partners who can provide support.
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