ISCN Global Mixer - Digital twins for regions

Digital twins are not only a helpful visualization tool, but have the potential to promote sustainable development by supporting strategic and democratic decision-making. In this episode of the ISCN Global Mixer, Thomas Kiwitt illustrated this argument using the example of the Stuttgart region.

Event details

11.10.2023, 13:00 - 13:30
Event type
Online (virtual)


Key take-aways

  • Digital twins can be a powerful tool for sustainable development, especially in remote regions, and have the potential to support strategic and democratic decision-making.
  • Visualization is essential for supporting public debate and decision making. 
  • Local authorities in Germany have a vital role in sustainable development, therefore it is important to focus on a regional level. 

Thomas Kiwitt, Verband Region Stuttgart, illuminated the functions and assets of digital twins on a regional level. 

Digital twins for regions combine mapping of current and planned land-use features with data related to socio-economic development. In this way, they support the analysis of interrelations and the implementation of dynamic models such as climate or mobility models to provide foresight as a guideline for political decision-making.

Mr Kiwitt highlighted that transparency is crucial in this process, and public involvement and participation are necessary. By providing a virtual representation of physical assets, digital twins can help decision-makers better understand and assess the impact of their decisions, while also increasing transparency and enabling public participation. Moreover, digital twins can benefit municipalities by supporting them in communicating more effectively.

Furthermore, Mr Kiwitt emphasized that remote regions play a major role in sustainable development in Germany, where local authorities have a lot of decision-making power. Topics such as mobility and energy must be tackled on a regional level, and digital twins can support data-based and transparent decision-making in those field.

Digital twins for regions can serve as a powerful visualization tool, but, even more importantly, they have the potential to support strategic decisions to tackle regional sustainable development.