Article: Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

It seems digital twin is the new buzzword, even though the concept has existed for several years. Looking back, we saw the first digital twin concepts being deployed in manufacturing to fulfil the needs of service engineers to possess adequate information on an entire product or parts of a product for maintenance.

As practical examples, French navy ships developed in the last decade would only set sail once the digital twin was completed. Airplanes are documented according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) specifications to support maintenance and repairs by engineers with basic training.

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Article: On the right side of the game: how open source is making digital laggards catch up

Open Data, Open Software, Open Source

On the right side of the game: how open source is making digital laggards catch up

“When it comes to the digitisation of public processes and services, and smart cities is part of that, Germany is at least five years behind the rest of Europe.” That is the FIWARE Foundation CEO’s Ulrich Ahle’s blunt assessment of his native country’s standing in the smart cities market, despite its engineering heritage.

He points to the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Social Index, which ranked Germany 21st when it came to digital public services provision last year. “And you can imagine there are not too many countries after that,” he adds drily.

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