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Pilsen's Digital Twin Features in New European Commission Study on AI and Urban Development


Thanks to its pioneering work in DUET, the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic has been recognised as a best practice city in an official study of the European Parliament on Artificial Intelligence and Urban Development. A direct excerpt from the report states:


''... to consolidate its smart-city approach, the city participates in the Digital Urban European Twins project (H2020), by implementing a digital-twin concept focusing on transport, mobility, urban planning, the environment and well-being. It will particularly target noise pollution. This project builds upon previous research projects (H2020) regarding traffic modelling and tools for policy-making (OpenTransportNet, PoliVisu). These models will be exploited in the digital twin via the development of tools for model-model interactions between traffic, air-quality and noise pollution paradigms. Consequently, the city will be able to simulate different scenarios of urban development, including road construction/closure, and their impacts on various outcomes, such as noise, the environment, and citizens' well-being. For instance, a tool for traffic modelling is available online."


The newly published research paper explores the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in cities, and its impact on urban socio-economic and territorial cohesion. It finds that due to a strong market focus on 'Smart Cities' expectations around AI use and capabilities are high, but that most cities are just at the start of their AI journeys and that benefits still need to be captured and analysed.


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