DUET – Digital Urban European Twins

Decision support by the use of Digital Twins in the public sector

At a glance

Logo European Commission - Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research & Innovation

Project funding
European Commission – Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research & Innovation

Project partners
List of project partners

Project demo
DUET demo landing page

Project duration
December 2019 – November 2022

About the project

The three-year innovation plan is 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 decision-making in the public sector become more democratic and effective, both in the short and long term. This will be achieved through the development and use of Digital Twins for policy impact exploration and experimentation in entire cities and regions. These digital replicas of cities will:

  1. enhance day-to-day city management by helping city managers react quickly to real-time events through rapid experimentation of different decision impacts, and
  2. ensure long-term policy decisions to be more effective and reliable by enabling city managers from different units to explore and discuss city issues with citizens and business owners in a common, visual, easy-to-digest way.

It will require innovative thinking from multi-sectors to develop transformative solutions. But thanks to the 3D interface, public administrations will, for the first time, harness the collective intelligence of all policy stakeholders more easily to tackle complex, systemic policy problems.

Digital Twins are being developed and tested in cities and regions at different stages in their digital transformation journeys. Some examples are:

  • Flanders Region, Belgium
  • the City of Athens, Greece
  • and the City of Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Eventually, DUET will establish the concept of Policy-Ready-Data-as-a-Service. Thus this project will ensure that all cities across Europe can create their own Digital Twins, which respect ethical considerations around data use and comply with Europe’s stringent privacy and security regulations.

In November 2021, the DUET project was awarded the World Smart Cities Awards 2021 in the Best Enabling Technologies category.


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