Sustainable Digital Twins and Future Air Quality Scenarios: EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022 Retrospective


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Digital Twins are becoming ubiquitous across all industries, spanning a multitude of use cases, from smart cities and the development of decarbonisation strategies through to active mobility and sustainable transport planning. Underpinning the growth in the use of digital twins is the exponential growth in the amount of data being generated – an unimaginably large number that is expected to at least triple between now and 2030.

This is a double edged sword. On one side, the vast majority of the collected data remains dark – disconnected, unused and not creating value. This results in not only a massive opportunity cost but also contributes millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year just to store. On the other side, by linking, discovering and contextualising these dark data sets it is possible to not only eliminate portions of this dark data and associated emissions, but also create new use cases that make a positive impact on the environment at a much faster pace.

At EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022 Slingshot Simulation’s COO, Robert Harwood, and Application Engineer, Alex Trout, proposed a new approach to automated data linking and shared application use cases associated with decarbonised urban mobility strategic planning. Their insightful presentation addressed:

Data and IoT’s Tremendous Potential for Air Quality Improvement (including key impact metrics and McKinsey “IoT in cities use case ranking” of air and water monitoring, adaptive traffic management, autonomous vehicles, resource infrastructure management, public transit schedule, crime detection, smart solid waste waste pick up etc); The Double Edged Sword of Data and Digital Twins (challenges and opportunity cost); The Critical Role of Graph Technology (disrupting data contextualisation, eliminating redundant data and discovering links to data you did not know existed); Unleashing the Power of Digital Twins Once Data is Linked (visualising relationships across previously disconnected data sets, scenario analyses that provide a holistic answer to “what if” questions e.g. active mobility scenarios and air quality impact, engaging stakeholders in visually compelling and “Experience data”); Focusing on Decision Intelligence (data discovery, data preparation, analysis, modelling & simulation, collaboration and communication).

For the deeper dive roundtable sessions, Robert and Alex were joined by Slingshot’s Executive Chairman, Alan English.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on June 17th for the live in-person event at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Robert and Alex’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private transport operators/service providers; sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; road operators and highways authorities; freight and logistics operators; airports and port operators; vehicle manufacturers; energy providers; potential partners from industry (e.g. retail, construction, manufacturing and waste management sectors) and healthcare; DfT, Defra, EA, BEIS, DHSC and supporting national agencies; prime contractors etc.

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EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to improve urban air quality and drive down emissions and air pollution in our cities and regions.


   Leeds, UK

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Slingshot Simulations
Vortex IoT

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