Orlando and Unity Partner to Create Digital Twin of the Orlando Region

Orlando and Unity Partner to Create Digital Twin of the Orlando Region

The Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) has funded a futuristic, fully realized digital twin that will showcase the entire region with input from multiple stakeholders. The new 3D technology will be the first to allow users to incorporate real-time, interactive data that can help them map out different scenarios with climate change, infrastructure, available real estate, and more.

Orlando and Unity Partner to Create Digital Twin of the Orlando RegionThe public-private organization hired Unity to create the digital twin project that will recreate 800 sq. miles of Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties in the state of Florida. While other cities’ digital twins have singular applications for smaller areas, the technology for the Orlando region will have nearly unlimited uses and set a new standard for the future of urban planning, according to the OEP.

Unity was selected based on its leadership in gaming, government solutions, and its experience building digital twins for other organizations including the Vancouver International Airport, Hong Kong International, and the city of Paris, France.

Watch the video below to learn more about Orlando’s digital twin.

“Orlando is growing with more to offer than ever before. The future is here and it’s time for our region to reap the benefits of all the digital twin technology has to offer,” said OEP president and CEO Tim Giuliani.

Different data sets—provided by investors—will allow companies, local governments, and nonprofits to visualize how their own plans will impact the region. By aggregating public and private sources of information, the digital twin will serve as a critical resource for all decision makers in the area, making the technology a vital piece of Orlando’s future.

For economic development, the OEP will be able to show site selectors and CEOs available land and real estate, as well as areas of interest for different industries, infrastructure connectivity, and talent availability—all while saving drive time. Utility companies and city planners will be able to map out proposed infrastructure improvements on a holographic display, which is being developed for a dedicated marketing center in the OEP’s new office space.

“The power of digital twins come from connecting and visualizing real-world assets with real-world data, enabling cross-functional collaboration through the design, build, test, deployment, and operation of complex systems in interactive and immersive ways,” said Dave Rhodes, SVP of digital twins at Unity.

The digital twin will be a dynamic virtual copy of a physical asset, process, system, and/or environment that looks like and behaves identically to its real-world counterpart and will be displayed online and.at the new Orlando Economic Partnership headquarters, which opened this spring.

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