CITY OF ATHENS
Pilot Lead: DAEM
Athens is a busy metropolitan city with the largest population in Greece, which experiences large seasonal surges of tourist and visitors’ traffic. The city has an ongoing social and digital transformation plan focusing on improving the services for citizens. Athens doesn't have an established pool of well-managed city data, hence the need for a Digital Twin with the capacity to merge all the city’s digital sources to make them easily accessible and useful for exploration and experimentation.
Digital Twin Goals: Athens sees data-driven decision making as a key pillar for city and business transformation. In an era of exponential and constant change, Athens wishes to embrace Digital Twin use to: (1) Understand city relationships and overcome engagement barriers with stakeholders; (2) Create new business value based on data-driven insights; (3) Co-create digital services with the active engagement and participation of citizens; (4) Generate decision making approach using common standards for greater interoperability of digital tools; (5) Improve effectiveness of policy design and implementation.
Policy Goals: Athens is cracking down on air quality, around six per cent of all deaths in Greece are linked to air pollution, towards which diesel engines are acknowledged as a leading contributor, along with a high smoking percentage of the population. With nearly 30 percent of Greece's population living in the capital, having government departments working on transport, health and environmental policies to tackle the issue together seems eminently sensible.