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Thursday, 30.05.2024
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As the pace of innovation for services in public spaces continues to increase, one of the most significant trends to have emerged in the last 12 months is the power of digital twins to revolutionise urban infrastructure.

Recent collaborations and competitions, covered this week on SmartCitiesWorld, underscore the growing significance of digital twin technology in shaping the smart spaces, from enhancing cellular coverage insights to optimising airport operations.

The first example this week comes from Glasgow Airport, which is pioneering the adoption of digital twin technology in the aviation sector through its Living Lab digital twin competition. Spearheaded by Connected Places Catapult, this strategic initiative offers funding of up to £70,000 to accelerate the development of digital twin solutions tailored for airport operations. The competition aims to address the unique challenges faced by businesses in implementing digital twin technologies within the aviation industry. By fostering innovation and collaboration, the Living Lab competition seeks to unlock the potential of digital twins in optimising airport operations, enhancing passenger experiences, and improving overall efficiency. This initiative reflects a broader commitment to embracing cutting-edge technologies to drive sustainable growth and resilience in urban air travel.

Meanwhile, a number of firms in the telco space have joined forces at MWC in Barcelona this week to deliver a new digital twin solution tailored for the telecommunications industry. Leveraging Snowflake’s geospatial capabilities and Maxar’s high-resolution 3D terrain and satellite imagery, combined with Mapbox’s rendering expertise, telecom organisations can now gain unparalleled insight into cellular coverage. This collaborative and innovative approach provides hyper-precise visual representations of cellular networks, empowering telecom operators to make data-driven decisions related to coverage optimisation, outage management, maintenance planning, and infrastructure expansion. The integration of digital twins offers a transformative tool for enhancing connectivity and ensuring seamless communication networks in urban environments.

The continued uptake of digital twins represents a paradigm shift in how cities and city-adjacent verticals approach urban infrastructure management. By providing dynamic, data-driven simulations of physical assets and environments, digital twins offer unprecedented insights and opportunities for optimisation, and as cities continue to embrace digital innovation, the integration of digital twins will play an increasingly vital role in shaping smarter, more connected urban environments.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Luke Antoniou

Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 04.03.2024

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