City of Pilsen


Pilot Lead: City of Pilsen

Pilsen is a mid-sized city with a population of 165+ thousand people located in the western part of the Czech Republic. Pilsen is a hub for commuters, retail, entertainment and tourism/visiting. Pilsen is, therefore, facing many challenges in terms of transport planning and the city design itself. The Pilsen case is a good example for many smaller/medium sized cities and hence the Digital Twin developed within this pilot will be of high importance elsewhere.

The City of Pilsen is developing and implementing the Smart City concept in different areas including mobility, security, business support, environment, ICT and public participation. However, there is still a lack of complex and data-based planning across different sectors and policy areas that influence each other.

The Pilsen pilot will focus on the interrelation between transport and noise pollution in a 3D environment. Noise pollution in the city environment is influenced by many factors. One of the factors is the local road transport - especially the traffic volumes that pass by the built-up environment, types of vehicles and traffic conditions such as speed limits. The other factors that play a crucial role in the city ecosystem is urban design, urban morphology, land use, street distribution, street environment and green infrastructure.

Pilsen will demonstrate the DUET Digital Twin concept across transport and mobility, urban planning and environment and wellbeing by focusing on two related policy areas (1)  Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) which recognises the need to protect quiet areas in cities and towns as sites of value to the local community. Plants and specific land use can play a role in this by softening the urban environment and reducing noise, and; (2) the development of Pilsen’s sustainable mobility plan. Stress will be made on the interrelation of these policy areas, breaking the silo-based traditional approaches in decision making.

The pilot will be based upon existing traffic and modelling scenarios and tools developed and tested during previous H2020 projects, OpenTransportNet and PoliVisu.

Leveraging these models in the Digital Twin, integrated with new air quality and noise pollution models and exposing the results via the 3D interface. Pilsen will be able to benefit from the HPC Cloud capabilities to simulate impacts of different urban design scenarios such as new road construction or road closure and its effect on the neighbourhood, the environment and well-being of local citizens.

Public participation and co-creation approaches will be designed and applied to involve citizens in the planning processes. Crowdsourced data from mobile phones and dedicated fora will also be analysed to provide additional input for policy design. Using

Expected Outcome: The expected outcomes of the Pilsen pilot include a replicable DUET Digital Twin and positive impact on city policy making.  Key outcomes include: (a) A set of tools dedicated for policy support in urban design including traffic and noise pollution modelling tools, visualisation tool, sensor data orchestrator and social media analytical tool; (b) Visual insights providing  data-based evidence for policy making across the targeted policy areas;  (c) A virtual space for entrepreneurs, start-ups and spin-offs that can boost their innovations on top of the Twin visual insights.