Globally, the aim of the collaboration is to leverage the council’s presence in Australia, New Zealand and India to further educate and drive digital twin adoption in cities.
Smart Cities Council (SCC) and the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) has announced a partnership to assist DTC’s work with cities globally.
DTC drives the awareness, adoption, interoperability, and development of digital twin technology. SCC will continue its work educating cities about sustainability and resiliency. The parties plan to engage in joint efforts to educate local governments and cities about digital twin capabilities.
Digital twin adoption in cities
Globally, the plan is to leverage SCC’s presence in Australia, New Zealand and India to further educate and drive digital twin adoption in cities.
Across Australia and New Zealand, the Smart Cities Council hosts the region’s Digital Twin Hub providing an opportunity for the recently announced DTC regional branch organiser, XMPro, to collaborate on continuing to build an engaged local community and catalysing a marketplace for digital twins across the region.
Globally, the plan is to leverage SCC’s presence in Australia, New Zealand and India to further educate and drive digital twin adoption in cities
The hub, led by a taskforce and governance team, develops knowledge resources, including releasing the Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Strategy Blueprint in 2021, hosts premier annual events including the Aotearoa New Zealand Digital Twin Summit and Digital Twin Week, being held in Melbourne, Australia, in October 2022, and facilitates the biennial Digital Twin Challenge.
In North America, partnership highlights include:
- a guest appearance by DTC’s CTO Dan Isaacs at Smart Cities Week Denver speaking at the Smart Cities Academy and a session on digital twins for cities
- SCC’s managing director Philip Bane will speak at DTC’s member meeting in late June in Orlando
- SCC will host and DTC will provide expert speakers at a digital twin workshop co-sponsored by the City of Orlando in September 2022.
Digital Twin Consortium seeks to coalesce industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology.
It advances digital twin technology in industries from aerospace to natural resources. DTC is a programme of Object Management Group, an open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium.
Smart cities and sustainability
A number of research reports have underlined the importance of digital twins in the development of smart cities and in meeting sustainability and climate action goals. The recent Digital Twins: Adding Intelligence to the Real World research report by Capgemini Research Institute has shown that 60 per cent of organisations across major sectors are looking to digital twins as a catalyst to fulfil their sustainability agendas, as well as improve operational performance.
The report shows that through simulation of the physical world, digital twins can help organisations to better utilise resources, reduce carbon emissions, optimise supply and transportation networks, and increase employee safety. It projects that the implementation of digital twins will increase by 36 per cent on average over the course of the next five years.
In April, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced it is working with the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT) to help accelerate development and adoption of digital twin applications in cities.
Their first output in a multi-year collaboration, that brings together public and private sector stakeholders, is the Digital Twin Cities: Framework and Global Practices report, which shows how digital twinning is moving from the concept stage to implementation.