We are very excited to announce that our H2020 Project DUET, Europe’s first local digital twin project for evidence-based policymaking, is the winner of the 2021 ‘Enabling Technologies Award’ presented by the Smart Cities Expo and World Congress. The annual World Smart City Awards is a prestigious international competition that seeks to recognize pioneering projects, ideas, and strategies making cities around the world more livable, sustainable, and economically viable.
The award provides global recognition of DUET’s mission to support local governments everywhere by enabling them to better visualize, simulate and predict the impact of both complex daily operational decisions and longer-term policies through the integration of urban data into virtual replicas of cities.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the DUET team which recognizes the big ambition of our partner cities, Athens, Pilsen, and the region of Flanders, to transform and improve services,” said Leven Raes, manager at Digitaal Vlaanderen and coordinator of the DUET project. “By focusing on specific use cases, from healthy mobility to spatial planning and citizen engagement, we are able to create multi-disciplinary risk-free digital experimentation environments, which make it easy for local administrations to effectively model and explore policies before rolling them out on the ground.”
DUET’s innovative Digital Twins consume open data and data models from different sources within a city and integrate them with new technology capabilities including artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to provide a replica city environment where policy experimentation can safely take place.
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