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Digital Urban European Twins for smarter decision making

Project description

Building computer replicas of city systems

What does a perfect city look like? City planners are able to test their ideas using a 3D interface to create digital twins. These computer models can help city officials manage resources, enhance economic development, reduce ecological footprints and improve the quality of life for residents. The EU-funded DUET project is leveraging the advanced capabilities of cloud and high-performance computing to evolve the traditional public policymaking cycle using large open-data sources. The use of digital twins will make it easier for city managers to react quickly to real-time events and ensure long-term policy decisions are more effective and trusted. Tested in several cities across Europe, the project will create a policy-ready-data-as-a-service for all cities to use.


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.

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Funding Scheme

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Net EU contribution
€ 875 750,00
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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 3 000,00

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