URBANAGE is European initiative focused on helping urban planners and policy makers harness the power of new technologies for more inclusive, evidence based decisions.
As Europe faces an oncoming demographic shift where its urban populations will consist of a higher proportion of older adults, the need for cities to offer better services for happy and healthy aging is crucial.
URBANAGE supports the development of age-friendly cities through the roll-out of a new decision-support ecosystem, co-created by relevant stakeholders (public servants) and users (older adults).
The innovative ecosystem will bring together peoples needs and city data with new technologies including Big Data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence modelling and simulation algorithms, all accessed via Local Digital Twins with online Gamification features for enhanced engagement purposes.
Based on a thorough understanding of users’ needs, the ecosystem (tools, and co-creation) will be validated by piloting use-cases in three local planning systems in Europe (Helsinki, Santander, and Flanders).
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THROUGH DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
WHAT IS A DIGITAL TWIN?
The URBANAGE Digital Twin is an extensible platform that allows the city and its complex processes to be modelled into a virtual visual replica.
This visual city model is then equipped with artificial intelligence and big data analytics capabilities so it can be used for holistic impact simulation, exploration and experimentation of different policy and service ideas.
By understanding the systemic results of different policy and service ideas on all parts of the city ecosystem, the most effective decisions can be made by urban planners.
Thanks to Digital Twins short-term actions and longer-term policies can be better synchronised so cities can be more adaptive to population needs as the population grows and changes.
More on the URBANAGE Digital Twins can be found here.