Influential accountancy giant Ernst & Young believes Urban Digital Twins are the key to unleashing the potential power of the Metaverse in real world applications for the built environment, including energy transition and decarbonization.
This verdict was delivered in an Ernst & Young (EY) report series on the Metaverse, which quotes Urban Digital Twin pioneer, Cityzenith CEO and Founder Michael Jansen.
“As the nexus of IoT, 3-D visualization, open data, and mobile data, Urban Digital Twins are the only real-world Metaverse here today,” argues Jansen.
“Eliminating emissions in the built environment requires the integration of different types of tools to simulate ‘if-then’ scenarios.
“Because Urban Digital Twins are good at dealing with data variety, visualization at scale and multisystem simulation, they're perfect for this kind of challenge.”
In the future, Jansen says we’re likely to see urban systems of building Digital Twins connected to area or city-wide twins, giving city managers deep insights into the metabolism of the city and new opportunities for broad sustainability gains.
Ernst &Young, which uses the strapline ‘Building a better working world’, echoed this in the same Metaverse report: “Perhaps the biggest sustainability opportunity – and imperative – for Digital Twins is in cities, where 70% of global carbon emissions occur.
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