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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

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A collage of 3-D reality mesh images of Singapore

Said Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen, “I think digital twins will deliver on the promise that open data failed to do. Without the digital twin calculator to make that data make sense, open data is a waste of money, to be honest.”

Credit: Singapore Land Authority

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies or infrastructure projects that can inform real-world decision-making.

For example, the Orlando Economic Partnership and gaming company Unity have developed a three-dimensional (3D) model of the region that the city can show to potential investors as it attempts to expand as a technology hub.

Meanwhile, the Virtual Singapore model incorporates over 3 million street-level and 160,000 aerial images, plus billions of 3D data points, exceeding 100 terabytes of raw data.

Singapore Land Authority's Victor Khoo said the model differentiates between individual elements, making it easier to test their responses to different conditions in various simulations.

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