Article: Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

A digital twin of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England will be used to support the city’s pandemic recovery and future planning. As well as helping the city visualise plans and better manage issues such as air quality, noise, flooding and traffic, the tool could feature virtual shops, exhibitions and heritage walking trails, and games companies could use it to create interactive content. It also aims to enable greater citizen participation in city planning.

“[Digital twins] offer potential for reinventing retail and urban centres using what-if scenarios and data-driven decision making,” Adrian Walker, Transformational Services Manager at Bradford City Council, told Cities Today: “The model can help to visualise and develop an understanding of how the city functions in a potentially different way post-pandemic.”

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Article: Cloud partnership aims to scale city innovationc

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Cloud partnership aims to scale city innovation

City network Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) has announced a new agreement with cloud computing provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).The collaboration is part of OASC’s new Enterprise Partnership programmed.

AWS and OASC will jointly explore ways in which cloud technologies can help cities achieve their goals in areas such as openness, interoperability and economic development. Under the agreement, AWS will support city customers to implement OASC’s Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs), which enable solutions and open data to be shared and exchanged.

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