Forging the Cities of Tomorrow at the European Week of Regions and Cities
ENoLL joined forces with DG CONNECT, LEAD and DUET Horizon 2020 projects as well as Union of Municipalities of Turkey to organise a session on “Local Digital Twins – Forging the cities of tomorrow: presented during the 2021 edition of European Week of Regions and Cities event.
The workshop aimed to explore
- what are Local Digital Twins;
- how both small and medium sized and larger cities can benefit from them;
- what steps are needed for the planning, design, and implementation of Digital Twins in cities;
- how Capacity Building can empower cities in this endeavour and
- what the main challenges and potential are for the implementation of Digital Twins.
85 participants attended the session. The European Commission presented the main policy context and highlighted how Local Digital Twins will enable the next phase of smart and sustainable cities and communities. Local Digital Twins are the virtual representation of a city’s physical assets, processes and systems, using data, data analytics and machine learning to help simulation models that can be updated and changed (real-time) as their physical equivalents change. They vary in maturity and capabilities, but this can indeed allow smaller cities to also test their potential. When planning to create a Local Digital Twin, cities need to consider a number of important aspects; the main challenges the city wishes to tackle, the scale and scope of the digital twin, its governance and envisaged functionalities. When designing the digital twin, importantly the data foundation (availability, quality and interoperability) and the technical foundation (IoT, cloud computing, big data, AI, 5G) have to be addressed.
The Commission pointed to future funding for an EU Local Digital Twin toolbox, composed of open standard solutions, reference architecture and re-usable tools, through the forthcoming DIGITAL programme.
You can find more information on the session at the website of the European Commission.