Amaravati: The first entire city to be born with a Digital Twin


A digital twin is a digital model of a physical asset. It collects information (via sensors, drones or other IoT and Industrial IoT tools) and applies advanced analytics, machine-learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to receive real-time insights about the physical asset’s performance, operation or profitability.


The first entire city within India, born with a digital twin is Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.


Digital twins are immensely valuable for planners and city authorities as they help to better inform decision-making process. However extending access to other stakeholders is also quite useful as it can increase engagement in smart city projects.

Amaravati and CityZenith are proposing a digital twin user ID scheme for every citizen. This will serve as a single portal for all government information, notifications, forms and applications. Michael Jansen, CEO, Cityzenith believes this will help to improve relationships with both citizens and the private sector.


Dr Sreedhar Cherukuri, commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Capital Regional Development Authority (APCRDA), stated that Amaravati is a greenfield city built with ‘the happiness’ of its citizens at the core of its vision. Having a digital platform that enables all the city’s stakeholders to contribute to this common goal is of vital importance from the beginning, he said.

More and more cities will soon be pairing up with digital twins as there is an availability of technology from companies like Microsoft and Cityzenith, along with a growing awareness of how simulations can help to prototype and test smart city projects before they are implemented.

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