Digital Urban European Twins for smarter decision making

DUET is an Innovation project designed to leverage the advanced capabilities of cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) to evolve the traditional public policy making cycle using large open data sources. The aim is to help public sector decision-making become more democratic and effective, both in the short and long term, through the development and use of Digital Twins for policy impact exploration and experimentation in entire cities and regions. These digital replicas of a cities system will:

(a) enhance day-to-day city management by helping city managers react quickly to real-time events through rapid experimentation of different decision impacts, and
(b) ensure longer term policy decisions are more effective and trusted by enabling city managers from different units, to explore and discuss with citizens and businesses city issues in a visual, easy-to-digest way via a common view.

Thanks to the 3D interface public administrations will, for the first time, more easily harness the collective intelligence of ALL policy stakeholders to tackle complex, systemic policy problems that require innovative thinking from multi-sectors to develop transformative solutions.

Developed and tested in cities and Regions at different points in their digital transformation journeys – Flanders Region, Belgium, the City of Athens, Greece and City of Pilsen, Czech Republic – DUET will create the concept of Policy-Ready-Data-as-a-Service and ensure all cities across Europe will be able to create their own their own Digital Twins that address ethical considerations around data use whilst also complying with Europe’s stringent privacy and security regulations.

Consisting of 15 partners from 6 different European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Greece), the Consortium is led by Informatie Vlaanderen (AIV) who has long standing experience in EU projects and includes two global network partners, Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) and Plan4All which helps guarantee wider impact outside of the Consortium.

ATC will be the Technical Lead of the project.

The project started in December 2019 and will last for 36 months.

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