Digital Twin for Urban Areas

Imagine planning, monitoring, maintaining, and improving urban areas by simulating the real thing digitally - its digital twin!

A whole neighbourhood of 250,000 population now has a digital twin. Harrow in northwest London has a digital version of itself created by radar-like lidar (light detection and ranging) technology. Partnering with a mapping company Cyclomedia and geographic information systems company (ESRI), Harrow officials are using the tech to plan and monitor urban projects remotely, based on more timely and accurate information of a responsive map – a digital twin.

The digital twin for urban areas re-creates physical assets using an array of sensor data and images enabling urban managers to record, monitor, plan, and simulate urban changes conveniently, faster, and without much intervention.

Tech info – Lidar is a method for determining ranges to create high-resolution maps and digital 3-D representations of areas on the earth's surface and ocean bottom – like a 3D laser scanner. It’s also one of the technologies used in controlling and navigating autonomous cars. With technology becoming cheaper, accessible, and offering diverse applications, 3D-sensors are being increasingly used in city planning, zoning, and urban management.