Metropolitan cities attract people for many reasons – as the population increases so do challenges like traffic gridlock, housing shortages and energy constraints. This is why city planners and developers look into smart city concepts based on sustainability practices. The ultimate goal of a smart city is to function in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable way. Having an intelligent and virtual 3D model of a city helps improve the experience of residents, business and government.

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform creates a dynamic virtual twin of a city. This digital model shows how a city can develop and evolve by collecting real-time data with smart information and communication technology. All information can be accessed and evaluated by involved internal and external stakeholders of the city, which enables them to quickly respond to urban challenges. Having a simulation of the city facilitates collaborative management, boosts efficiency and improves the quality of city life. Hong Kong, Rennes Métropole and Singapore have integrated Dassault Systèmes’ solutions to become a smart city.

Arup, a multinational provider of innovative solutions to the built environment, and Dassault Systèmes jointly proposed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as the foundation of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) to the Hongkong government, to build a smart city blueprint. The visualization of Hong Kong city in 3D successfully showed how a collaborative platform for public, private and academic sectors can optimize smart city operation and management.

The government of Singapore uses Dassault Systèmes’ smart city offer to centralize planning – from emergency evacuation and construction challenges to organizing major events and making urban living comfortable.

Rennes Métropole is an area in central France and has a digital twin called Virtual Rennes, a collaborative solution based on the cloud. The systematic behind this approach reduces complexity and facilitates the development of effective public policies.

The transformation to smart cities is helping these are more governments to ensure safety and quality of its citizens’ and to create a more livable and sustainable place to work and live.

This original article was published on the Dassault Systemes website: https://blogs.3ds.com/perspectives/smart-cities-are-sustainable-cities/