Smart Cities and Digital Twins: Designing and Managing Urban Industrial Systems

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By Dominique Bonte | 2Q 2019 | IN-5446


The Role of Digital Twins for Smart Cities


While the digital twin concept is well-established in manufacturing and industrial contexts for using digital replicas of physical systems to accelerate and optimize design, management, monitoring, and maintenance of production facilities, it is a new paradigm for smart cities.

Digital twin technologies are firmly rooted in the modeling paradigm. Cities are especially interested in predictive models for flooding, traffic, energy generation, and consumption patterns, but also the economy itself. Porsche holding-owned leading traffic modeling supplier PTV has been developing sophisticated models of road traffic systems for many years. Digital twins will also have a critical role to play in scenario planning and impact assessment of various emergency situations and as input for the design of resilient smart city systems.

Digital twins consist of integrated, real-time, three-dimensional (3D) models of a city’s physical assets, including streets, buildings, public spaces, and a suite of sensors to monitor a wide range of parameters related to power …

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