Key factors behind the growth of digital twins include Covid-19 requirements in terms of achieving increased resilience levels and optimised asset and demand-response resource management.
The installed base of digital twin deployments is expected to increase from a scattering of pilots showcasing limited capabilities to more than 500 cities by 2025 driven by urban use cases across vertical markets, new research finds.
According to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research’s Smart Cities and Smart Spaces quarterly update report, their widespread deployment as multi-purpose urban decision and management tools is now ‘imminent’.
Key factors behind the growth include Covid-19 requirements in terms of achieving increased resilience levels and optimised asset and demand-response resource management.
“The digital twin ecosystem system activity is growing quickly with more suppliers announcing more deployments in more cities,” said Dominique Bonte, vice president end markets at ABI Research.
He added: “Vendors like Dassault Systèmes and Engie subsidiary Siradel are paving the way for extending urban digital twins to marketplaces and opening access to key metrics and dashboards to the citizens themselves, increasing their overall involvement and helping gain approval of city government decisions and policies.”
“The digital twin ecosystem system activity is growing quickly with more suppliers announcing more deployments in more cities”
Since the first urban digital twins’ deployments in cities like Singapore only three years ago, ABI notes that feature sets are rapidly expanding to enable a much wider range of application areas. These include:
“Real-time 3D models of cities’ built environment allow scenario analysis through the simulation of the potential impact of natural disasters like flooding, adopt generative design principles for new city developments optimising energy savings and solar capacity, and saving costs by operating cities more efficiently and effectively,” added Bonte.
Some deployments in cities recently announced by suppliers include: Cityzenith donated its SmartWorldPro2 digital twin platform to selected cities to help them become carbon neutral as part of the global ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ campaign; Bentley Systems partnered with Microsoft to integrate Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps into its iTwins platform; and Helsinki won the Bentley Systems award for its Digital City Synergy project aimed at helping the city improve collaboration and get more value from its city models (for more details, see links below).
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